Would you like to support your Children’s Centre in developing its services, represent other parents and share your opinions on what the centres could offer? Could you be a Parent Representative?
Parent Representatives have an important role to play in centres and are appointed to seek and represent the views of parents and ensure that they are heard. You would also become involved in the development of the Centre, help to organise and take part in events and activities. We would love to hear from parents interested in becoming representatives. You would need to meet the following criteria:
- Be a registered with the Children Centre.
- Actively accessing services from your Children’s Centre
- Be a (prospective) parent or carer of at least one child under the age of five.
No experience is necessary to be involved, just enthusiasm and a commitment of approximately two hours every term to attend the Advisory Board meetings. You will take part in group discussions which develop our delivery plans and monitor overall progress.
If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative or would like more information please speak to staff at the centre and contact your local Children’s Centre.
Volunteering at Our Children’s Centres
We would love to hear from people who want to help in the Children’s Centres, maybe helping produce our newsletter and promotional material, or helping with general admin. During our busy activity sessions, such as Stay & Play and Mini Movers, staff are supported by volunteers who help with meeting and greeting families, encouraging participation in games and play, helping to make snacks and clearing away.
We recruit our volunteers very carefully, and in return support appropriate training and references if they wish to move on to a career in Early Years caring. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and we are always on the lookout for great people. Age is no barrier, and we would love to have more retired people, as older people have a wealth of experience to offer and children often bond very well with them.