Rodborough Playgroup is a committee-run community playgroup operating as a charity. We have an agreed constitution.  Whilst we employ qualified staff to look after our children and to deliver their education, playgroup itself - unlike a nursery - is run by volunteer parents. There are several ways in which parents get involved in running playgroup. 

Duty parents

Most parents will be rostered to help out during playgroup sessions - typically one or two per term. This person helps the staff by doing a range of jobs that would otherwise take the staff away from the children. So typically you will prepare the fruit for snack time and wash up afterwards. We also have to ensure we leave everything clean and tidy at the end of each session, so you may help out with that.
The rota will be published in advance and it is your responsibility to find someone else to do your duty if you are unable to. Duties can be a great opportunity to observe how your child is getting on, keep up to date with their Learning Journey and get to know the staff. You will not be asked to do a duty during the first term whilst your child settles.

Financial Donation

We recognise that not everyone is able to do duties, maybe because they are working or are looking after younger siblings. With this in mind parents will be able to opt out of being a ‘duty parent’ and we would ask instead that you consider making a voluntary financial donation (e.g. £1 per session your child attends). So if your child attends for 4 sessions a week you may consider making a financial donation of £4 a week. (A morning or an afternoon counts as one session).

At playgroup we try to keep our hourly rates as low as possible so that playgroup is accessible for everyone, but we do rely on parents contributing either their time (through parent duties) or their money (through financial donations) in order for us to continue to thrive.

Committee membership

Rodborough Playgroup is a charity. Management and administration of playgroup is done by parents on the committee, and each committee member is a trustee of the charity. There are three 'officer' roles, namely Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We also usually have a Vice-chair.  The Chair is the playleader's line manager.  The playleader line manages the staff team.  

Joining the committee can be a rewarding and worthwhile experience, and you'll have the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and contribute to the development of playgroup. Some parents use it as a stepping stone for returning to work after time at home with their children. Committee meetings are held 6 times a year and are open to everyone. Parents are welcome to attend committee meetings without joining as a committee member. We usually have time for a social drink at the pub afterwards.

Our committee for 2017/18 is:

  • Alice Brooks Chair
  • Holly Hunt Vice-Chair 
  • Fiona Tawler Lomberg Treasurer
  • Gaye Overs Secretary
  • Sarah Betts 
  • Laura Lakin 
  • Jo Wallace 
  • Hayley Blake 

Fundraising

The fundraising team are vital to the success of playgroup. The income we receive from grants and fees do not cover our running costs and each year we need to raise approximately £3000 to maintain and improve the children’s experience. We fundraise through a variety of different events and in the past we have held quiz nights, sponsored bike rides, family fun days and run the BBQ at the Rodborough fete. Not only do these events raise much needed funds they are also a great way of getting to know the other families at playgroup. We also apply for grants, claim gift aid on donations wherever possible and encourage parents to shop through easyfundraising.

Circle Time

The Rodborough Playgroup Circle Time stall is a craft and produce stall to raise funds for playgroup. We typically have a stall at fetes and fayres in the summer, at Christmas and at Easter. Parents and friends get involved by making craft items, toys, and produce, helping out on the stall or just buying things.

No matter what your level of crafting skill, there are always ways you can get involved from cutting out mask templates to styling dolls hair. We also love to have plenty of cake making volunteers. In the lead up to an event we usually meet in the evening to hold a Circle Time Craft Circle. It is a great way to meet other parents and to potentially learn a new skill. 

Please contact Sarah Betts if you are interested in finding out more or in getting involved with Circle Time.

Contributing to sessions

It may be that you have an interesting job that you would like to share with the children, have ideas for craft or gardening activities, play a sport or play an instrument. Whatever your interest or talents playgroup welcomes input from parents either as part of your parent duty or as a separate activity. Please speak to a member of staff if you have ideas to share.

Skills to share

Do you have a particular skill that you would be willing to share with playgroup e.g.early years experience, gardening, decorating, DIY etc… Please speak to a member of staff if you would like to help in this way.

 

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