Parental involvement is encouraged. The preschool is a co-operative, a mandate for parental involvement. We work in partnership with parents to ensure the best outcomes for the children. Many long lasting friendships are made by joining some of the various committees at preschool.
Board of Directors
An eight to ten member Board of Directors is elected from the parent body at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held early in the year. The Board is concerned with the day-to-day management of the preschool including finance, staffing, budgeting, fee collection, enrolments etc. The Board usually meets once a month.
A nine-member Parent Group Committee is also elected at the AGM. The main function of the Parent Group is to organise social and fundraising events during the year to improve the functioning of the preschool. A support committee to the Parent Group is also elected. Parent Group meetings are held at least once a term.
Fundraising is an essential part of the preschool. The money raised is used to purchase toys and equipment for the use of the children. Fundraising events also include raffles, sale of the Entertainment Book, tea towels or melamine plates printed with the children’s drawings to name just a few.
Special Event Committee
A major fundraiser e.g. trivia night, art show etc. is held every year and a separate committee is elected to run this event. Parents who have been involved in these events often form life long friendships.
Parents are also asked to assist with packing away and cleaning duties one morning per term and with linen washing, fundraising, small maintenance tasks and end of term clean up. This assistance helps keep fees low as we don’t have to employ someone to do the job.
Parents are also occasionally required to assist in the supervision of children on excursions.
Parents are welcome to share their talents, knowledge, cultural background and other resources related to our programming. From Term 2 onwards parents are invited to spend a morning at preschool helping children with the morning activities. The children love to share this time and staff appreciate the help.
Depending on demand we may publish a Business Register in which parents with their own businesses can advertise for a small fee. The Register will be widely distributed to the local community.
We would also like to acknowledge the generous support of May & Jack from Elanora IGA and Aussie Farmers Direct.