The Committee is a team of parents, elected by other parents, who manage the running of our Pre-School. We work as unpaid volunteers. Each member of the committee brings a unique set of skills from their different careers, and a wealth of parenting experience. Between us we have 16 children, 8 of whom currently attend Pre-School, so you're bound to bump into us at Drop Off and Pick Up! Or you can catch several committee members who have younger babies at Sheringtots every Thursday morning. Contact us for more info!
Before going on maternity leave with her eldest child Harriet (now at school), Sarah spent 11 years working with children from 6 weeks to five years old. In addition to her Level 3 qualification in Childcare, Sarah is a qualified Team Leader in a childcare setting.
Sarah says; “I have seen the amazing work everyone does I really wanted to contribute. Everyone has been very welcoming and I love having that extra insight into what is happening within the pre-school, especially as Johnny has now started.”
With 5 years experience in the management team at another Early Years Setting, the committee were very excited to have Sarah join us in 2018 to lead the committee over the next academic year, and beyond.
Charlotte began volunteering with the Committee in May 2017, and has been a vital extra pair of hands at our craft evenings and fundraising events. Charlotte’s son Lewis started Pre-School in Autumn 2018 after attending the open days with our village Toddler group Sheringtots.
For more than 10 years Charlotte has been Head of Music at a school in Milton Keynes, and also teaches KS2 and KS3 R.E. Charlotte’s knowledge about policies and procedures regarding schools makes her a valuable asset to our committee.
Charlotte says; “I have met some wonderful ladies who have made me feel incredibly welcome. Everyone gets involved and contributes ideas to make Sherington Pre-School a continued success. I look forward to Lewis being part of it in the future!”
Faye is a chartered accountant and tax advisor and for the past 11 years has worked for one of the big 4 accountancy firms.
Since having her son Huxley and going part time, Faye has been keen to use her creative side and get involved in something within the community.
Faye says; “My son is due to start preschool in January and having met the lovely staff and seen how brilliant they are with the children, I am confident that he is going to love every minute. The committee have been so welcoming and I cannot wait to get more involved with fundraising this term.”
Amy is our longest standing committee member, and has been volunteering at Pre-School since 2016. Amy project managed the design and build of this website, and is responsible for content management. She also helps coordinates our social media campaigns and writes our monthly newsletter for SCAN magazine.
Amy's son Sebastian currently attends Pre-School. Before leaving employment to focus on parenting, Amy worked as PR and Communications Manager at Bicester Village, after working for Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell. Amy attended Sherington Pre-School herself when it was a Playgroup in the late 1980s!
Amy says; “Getting involved with pre-school has made me feel more connected with the other mums in the village. Designing a whole website is something I never thought I could do, so I really encourage others to get involved and build some new skills. I feel very proud to be part of this committee.”
Rebecca has worked as a journalist at the BBC for over 10 years, first reporting for local stations before moving to work on the BBC News website and social media. Her parents live in Sherington - just a few doors away from pre-school where her daughter Elizabeth attends.
Rebecca says, “The staff made me feel so welcome when I was settling my daughter in at pre-school. I spent many mornings there with her, but rather than feeling like a spare part I and ended up Chief Washer Upper/Tea Maker! I couldn’t have been more grateful. Being part of the committee is my way of giving back to the pre-school for everything it has done for us."
Rebecca assists Amy in coordinating our PR and social media campaigns, and especially enjoys keeping our Instagram account looking lovely!
Experienced Nanny Liz has worked for a number of families, and gone through the Pre-School stage several times with the children she looked after. She is now enjoying it with her own son Dexter, and has already signed baby Iris up for September 2020.
Liz and Iris are regulars at Sheringtots , friends of Sherington Pre-School, a group designed to bring together Parents and under-2s before they start Pre-School.
Liz says; “Having previously been involved with other Pre-School and School committees, I have some idea on how everything works and what a benefit it is to be involved. I also volunteered because I wanted to get to know the other mums.”
Polly was introduced to the preschool in 2017 when her eldest daughter, Una, started attending. Una’s baby sister Myla is already on the pre-school waiting list for 2020!
Polly has fifteen years experience working with children and young people in education, care and therapeutic settings. She is a qualified teacher and an accredited child and adolescent psychotherapist. Polly has a keen interest in child development and the benefits of play, so we were thrilled to welcome her onto the committee in 2018.
Polly says; “I knew it going very well when Una began clamouring for more sessions and was desperate to start going to Lunch Club! This is a very special pre-school which children and staff love to be part of, and parents want to get involved.”
Tessa is a qualified teacher, with experience teaching children across the primary age range. She particularly enjoys teaching Reception and Year 1 and has a keen interest in PE and sport! Currently Tessa is a full time Mummy to Emmie and her baby sister Lyra.
Tessa says; "Emmie loves preschool! She has a fantastic relationship with all of the staff and has made some lovely friendships with the other children. Emmie is enjoying the change to ‘In the moment planning’. I know that she likes choosing what she plays with and learns as a result.
Seeing all of the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff and how happy and engaged the children are, I am pleased to be able to support this very special Preschool by joining the committee. I am looking forward to getting stuck in and supporting the committee in any way I can!"