A crucial aspect of the pre-school is that it is a charity. As such, the majority of our income comes from local authority funding for our children over three years old, whilst the rest is met by fees for the under threes (paid by parents and carers) and from fundraising.
Our constitution requires us to have a voluntary committee of trustees, most of whom are current or past parents, who are responsible for running the pre-school and its finances, managing the staff and organising fundraising initiatives and events. Being part of the committee is a responsibility but it is also great fun and an excellent way of making friends, having a voice in terms of how your child’s pre-school is run and also putting something back into your local community. We are always looking for new members, so please let us know if you’d like to get involved.
All of our committee members undergo suitability checks by Ofsted this includes the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Meet our Committee
Jo Souter – Chair
Hi, I’m Jo and this is my second year as Chair of the Committee. I have two children, my son is in Year One at St Andrews and my daughter is currently at Ladybirds.
Before having children, I was a full time Primary School Teacher, I now work as a freelance dyslexia specialist.
I would really recommend becoming involved with the committee – even if just on an informal basis rather than as a formal member. We meet 6 times a year (once a term) for a maximum of 2 hours, to discuss and plan things like fundraising events, activities, parties for the children and also issues to do with the running of the pre-school such as our policies and procedures, staffing, child numbers, advertising etc.
If you would like further information on joining the committee or helping out at fundraising events, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Reynolds – Secretary
Hi, I’m Rachel Reynolds and my son Malachi (4) is currently attending Ladybirds. I also have a 2 year old daughter, Naomi, whom I hope will also be able to attend Ladybird’s in the future.
My family relocated to Chinnor from Chesham in January 2017, and we have already fallen in love with the village and the people who live here. I have just taken over the role of committee secretary this term and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and supporting our amazing teaching staff and children.
Jade Harding – Treasurer
Hi, I’m Jade Harding and my little girl Sadie currently attends Ladybirds. I have been local to Chinnor my whole life and we are currently raising our family here. I have been the treasurer for the past 2 years.
Ali Anning – Committee member
Hello, I’m Ali and I have completed three years as Chair of the Committee – although I don’t know where the time has gone! I live in Chinnor and have 3 children – Nat, who has just gone into Year 2 at St. Andrew’s, Lottie, who has just started Year 1, and also Eli, who is a future Ladybird for sure!
Both Nat and Lottie attended Ladybirds since they were 2.5 and absolutely flourished here. Being part of the committee has been fabulous, both in terms of getting to know people and also getting more involved in my children’s pre-school education.
Hayley Marshall – Committee Member
I have lived in Chinnor for the majority of my life. I have 2 girls, my eldest is currently attending Ladybird and my youngest will be attending in the future.
I have worked a lot in the fitness industry but currently enjoying being a full time mum.
I’m new to the committee and can’t wait to get involved!
Our newest committee members are Amanda Malins and Alex Stroud.
Here are just a few comments from parents about Ladybird Pre-school:
“Our daughter started at Ladybird Pre-school as a shy 2.5 year old. Within the safe and nurturing environment of Ladybirds she has blossomed and grown tremendously in confidence. We couldn’t be happier.” Clare, mother of Emilia, aged 4.
“Jack and Sophie loved Ladybirds. Every time they attended they would leave at the end of the day with beaming smiles and tales of their adventures. Millie has recently started Ladybirds. On her first day Jack turned to her and stated “Millie you are going to Ladybirds today. You will have such a great time, it will be awesome and you can tell me all the fun you had when I get home”. Ladybirds have provided Jack and Sophie a solid start to their school life. They departed with a fond memory of preschool, but prepared and excited for the start at Primary School.” Claire, mother of Jack(6), Sophie(4) and Millie(2.5)
“My son really enjoys Ladybirds, he has made great friends and learnt in a fun, friendly environment.. it’s been the perfect stepping stone to Primary School.” Laura, Mother of Peter aged 3.
“Lucy joined Ladybirds after being at a day nursery but she had no problems settling in and making friends thanks to such a welcoming atmosphere. Being a small pre-school means that the children get much more individual attention from the wonderful staff which is very important when they are so young. We have seen her blossom, particularly in terms of her language abilities and creativity – whenever we come to collect her, she is always so excited to show us her latest painting and tell us all about what she’s learnt that day. Now she’s off to primary school, we can only thank Ladybirds and the lovely staff for the great start in her education.” Vicki, Mother of Lucy aged 3.
“Our son started Ladybirds at 2.5 and really enjoyed the toddler sessions and went onto attend on his own at 3 yrs. He was so settled and comfortable with his surroundings and the staff, that he soon started to run in!. He has developed so much in the time he has spent at Ladybirds and he talks about his key worker with such enthusiasm and a big smile. He has been given the independence and freedom to choose what he likes to do and I know he will always remember his time at Ladybirds with a big grin. Thank you.” Sharron, mother of Ren aged 4