Without a committee Noah’s Ark Christian Pre- School would not exist.
We are a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) this means that the Pre-School has its own separate legal identity from the trustees/committee members. The Committee is responsible for fundraising and overseeing the Pre-School. A meeting is held each term, as well as an Annual General Meeting. All parents are invited to join the Committee. Should you wish to do so, please complete the contact form, expressing your interest in joining the committee.
Committee Roles and Responsibilities
A committee is a group of people who ensure that an organisation fulfils all its legal obligations and operates efficiently and according to their constitution. As a governing body, they will need to have a shared vision of what the organisation is about and what its end goals might be.
The committee is responsible for the overall management and organisation of the setting.
- Our committee has a core group of people who are Trustees.
- The core Trustees also have specific roles within the committee:
- The committee has the power to create and adapt aims and objectives for the group, and to make policy decisions designed to assist with achieving these aims. If the aims and objectives have already been established, then each committee member must know what they are and understand what they mean.
- Committee members work with the Manager to develop a good working relationship to ensure that the legal requirements and childcare arrangements have suitable aims and objectives.
- The committee is responsible for recruitment, staff training, development, paying salaries and managing contracts of employment.
- The committee can delegate certain responsibilities to staff and should allow them to undertake these delegated duties without over interference. However, it is the responsibility of the committee to support, guide and lead the staff team.
- The committee creates fair personnel and employment policies that meet legal requirements; these protect the organisation and those that work within it. The committee is responsible for monitoring activities to ensure that policies reflect practice.
Reasons to prevent you becoming a Trustee/Committee member
You cannot become a Trustee if you are,
- Under 18 years of age (unless the Charity is a registered company)
- Disqualified under section 72 of the Charities Act 1993, because for example, you are an undischarged bankrupt or have an unspent conviction for an offence of dishonesty or deception
- A paid member of staff can be elected onto the committee but with conditions attached (see model constitution 2008)
Statutory and common law obligations, which exist in law, must be met by all organisations; it is the committee’s responsibility as the employer to keep up to date with any changes in legislation.
Being part of committee can be both enjoyable and rewarding, individuals bring with them various skills, talents, expertise and ideas that can be used to enhance the group. In return, opportunities to develop new skills in areas such as management, marketing and recruitment can be gained.