Parents urged to get much more involved

Committee members (from left) Hayley Louca, Kathryn Renwick, Amy Goodall, Sherryanne Thomson, Zoe Moore and Joanne Farrer
Committee members (from left) Hayley Louca, Kathryn Renwick, Amy Goodall, Sherryanne Thomson, Zoe Moore and Joanne Farrer
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A pre-school that is moving to a brand new home next Easter is in desperate need of mums and dads to help make the transition a memorable one.

Staff and committee members of Barn Owls pre-school in Barncroft Way, Leigh Park, are already fundraising to buy equipment and toys to spruce up their new premises at the Barncroft Primary School in Park Lane.

But something that cannot be bought – and which they desperately need – is for parents of the pre-school children to join the committee and contribute their expertise and enthusiasm.

Sherryanne Thomson, who joined the six-strong committee made up of parents past and present, admits the charity-run pre-school is struggling to attract new members.

She explains: ‘Ideally we should have about 11 members but when I joined four years ago there were only eight and now we’ve dwindled to six.

‘It is such a shame more parents aren’t showing an interest because while the job is hard work, it is incredibly rewarding for both children and adults.

‘We meet once a week and liaise with the pre-school staff every month. The committee oversees everything from fundraising thousands of pounds each year and organising school fetes to the finances and health and safety regulations.

‘At the moment the pre-school is going through an exciting transition and it would be fantastic to have a new group of parents joining us at this crucial time and making the move to our new premises the best it possibly can be.’

The mum-of-six hopes her positive experience of being on the committee when her children Ronnie, seven, and Rhys, five, attended the pre-school will persuade others to come on board.

Sherryanne says: ‘As a parent I have benefitted hugely from being directly involved in my children’s education and having a say in what they are doing.

‘Apart from meeting other parents, it’s given me a great insight into how my children learn and what they enjoy.

‘It makes me happier and it makes my children happier.’

Barn Owl parents interested in joining the committee, or residents who would like to contribute to the fundraising efforts should call Miss Thomson on 023 0248 1962.