St Paul’s Church Nursery School was set up in accordance with a resolution of the St Paul’s Church PCC (January 2004) and is managed in line with the vision and values of St Paul’s Church.
The aims of the Nursery are:
To provide outstanding quality daily education and care for children aged 2-5 years and their families, within the local community.
To incorporate the Christian world-view, ethos and values into the provision of education and care, whilst remaining aware of, and respectful towards, those of other faiths.
To be a key part of the vision of St Paul’s church. Specifically, by parents and children being exposed to, informed about and welcomed into St Paul’s church family life and faith.
To advance the education and training of staff in the provision of Early Years education and care.
To carry out all aims, objectives and activities within an equal opportunities policy, giving consideration to social and economic circumstances, ethnic and cultural origins, an awareness of physical, sensory or learning disability and without gender or racial stereotyping.
The nursery is run by a Management Committee, which operates with delegated powers from St Paul’s PCC. It meets twice a term and is responsible for approving the finance/budget, policies and key staff appointments. It also receives reports from the Head, and its members visit the nursery and help out on open occasions such as the Fun Day.
Meet the Management Committee:
Chair: Ali Studley
Ali joined St. Paul's Church Nursery School in November 2018, having been involved in the Church for many years.
“I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this amazing nursery provision when I was approached and have found it a massive learning experience, having never been involved in education before. But I have found that some of the skills that I have learnt in running a charity and working with children, youth and their parents over the years, have helped me to begin to find my way through the maze that is Early Years provision.
You will often find me around the Nursery; volunteering, collecting my granddaughter or asking endless questions of the very patient staff team.
Despite the fact that I am very new to the team, I am already immensely proud to be involved with this outstanding Nursery. ”
Secretary: Lyn Papworth
Treasurer: Tara Laws
Tara is also the bookkeeper, so you will find more about her on the our Meet the Team page
Sue Beckett (ex Head Teacher, Dorking Nursery School Sure Start Childrens Centre)
Steve Henwood (Children and Youth Worker, St Pauls Church)
Parent Representative: Victoria Collier
Victoria is our new Parent Rep from September this year 2019, she will provide a valuable link between parents and nursery, attending Management Committee meetings and feeding back ideas and comments. She will be actively involved in planning and helping with fundraising.
"I really enjoy my role as parent Rep, as it gives me an opportunity on behalf of all parents to be involved in decision making and other important aspects of the nursery . The role involves organising lots of exciting fundraising events which ultimately help improve the nursery and create new experiences for the children; for example raising money for new forest school equipment."
Vicar: Rev'd Ruth Bushyager
Ruth is also fully involved in the nursery, she writes...
“As a church, we are really proud of our outstanding nursery. I love bumping into parents and children at the Centre each day, and each Thursday one of the church staff goes into nursery for story and song time. We also host all kinds of events and activities for young families at St Paul's - we have a free cafe every morning, a thriving toddler group, NCT classes and much more - do explore the church website and come and visit!"
It is a legal obligation for us to hold an Annual General Meeting at which the Annual Report and receipts and payment account and a statement of assets and liabilities are presented. However, we also like to make it an interesting time to talk about life in the nursery and to take questions from those who have an interest in it, so please look out for the date of the next one; it is normally held in March. Those eligible to attend are the Management Committee, PCC members and parents of children attending or about to attend the Nursery.