Our Team

Who We Are

We Know How to Make Learning Safe & Fun For Your Children!

We believe children are best supported by practitioners who have appropriate qualifications, training, skills, and knowledge with a passion to promote the development of all of our children. Continuous professional development in all aspects of the EYFS framework as well as Child Protection, Special Educational Needs and Equalities ensures we have up-to-date knowledge of all current legislation and can review policies and procedures accordingly.

The team at Bassingbourn Pre School is lead by our manager Janette Rafferty who joined us in September 2015. She has spent over 30 years working in the early years sector in nurseries, pre-school and as a private nanny.

We have three experienced room leaders and a team of qualified enthusiastic staff who support the development of all our children.

All staff are paediatric first aid trained.

The Committee

What is the Committee?

Bassingbourn Preschool is a registered charity. The preschool employs a preschool manager and highly qualified staff for the day to day running of the setting and provision of childcare. Bassingbourn Pre School is overseen by the Committee who are the trustees for the charity.

The Committee is a voluntary elected group of parents and carers. The Committee is elected, with roles appointed, at the Annual General Meeting – usually held in October. Do get in touch if you’d like to know more! Without a Committee the preschool cannot exist.


How do I get involved?

The Management Committee needs a minimum of 5 members; 60% of the committee must have children within the setting. This ensures that all decision making represents the views of the Members (our current families), and that the best interests of the children and the preschool are always at the heart of the charity. Becoming part of the Management Committee is a fantastic way to engage with your child’s education and help shape the preschool. It is also a great opportunity to harness your talents and experiences for the benefit of the preschool, along with gaining a variety of new skills for your own CV.

Please get in touch to find out more information about becoming a Committee member or come along to our next AGM. You do not need to have any prior experience on a committee to join the Management Committee!


How is the Management Committee run?

The Management Committee meets once each half term at committee meetings, where it discusses and handles business such as: finance, staffing, fundraising, communications, training, future plans and visions, as well as hearing reports from the preschool manager on other areas such as safeguarding and the EYFS.

Once the Committee has been formed, the Committee Members vote for who they wish to have as the officers (Chair/s, Treasurer and Secretary). Again, a Committee Member may stand for re-election for one of the officer positions. For the preschool to function, the Charity Commission requires the following officer roles to be filled, the descriptions of these roles is based on guidance from the Early Years Alliance.


Committee Chair

To act as a representative for the trustees and facilitate meetings of the charity. The chair is often privy to further information about staffing or any issue affecting the day-to-day running of the preschool. It is recommended that the chair/s hold regular meetings with the preschool manager to keep up to date with ongoing matters.


Committee Treasurer

To oversee the finances of the charity and ensure they are effectively managed. The treasurer will liaise with the preschool manager and our accountant and report back to the committee.


Committee Secretary

To manage the correspondence and organise meetings of the charity. The secretary will take and produce the minutes at meetings, along with liaising with the preschool manager and chair/s for meeting agendas.


Committee Members

Along with the 3 officer positions, the preschool needs to have at least 2 other members of the Management Committee. Do get in touch at any point if you would like further information about becoming a committee member.

“I joined the committee with no previous experience of committee’s or what they entail. I joined because the running of the pre-school was so important to me and being able to support the great work already being done. The committee past and present have been fabulous to work with and I hope that new members of the committee feel as welcome and supported as I have” – G.W.


For more information contact us.