Easton Community Children’s Centre was set up as a charity in 1996 by local parents to fill the gap in high quality, affordable childcare available to the residents of this deprived, ethnically diverse area of Bristol. We care for children from 6 months until they start school. We are very proud of the excellent childcare, Early Years education and family support we provide that means we operate as a de facto Children's Centre, and the investment we make in our experienced, well qualified staff. We have significant outreach into the local community and Easton's families are at the heart of everything we do.
Times are exceptionally tough for the Early Years sector, however, and the unsustainable level of government funding for 'free' nursery places is putting our – and almost all other nurseries' – finances under immense strain. The nursery's excellent financial management has meant that we have so far avoided the need to make cuts or introduce new charges: but it is increasingly clear that we will need to identify new funding streams to supplement our fees if we want to maintain our current offering.
That is why we have decided that in addition to our board of parent-trustees, we would like to find a trustee with experience and skills in fundraising. Ideally you would also live locally and have a good understanding of the Early Years and/or voluntary sector.
Our board of trustees meet for a six times a year for an evening meeting with delicious pizza. In addition we hope you might be able to spend some extra time with the nursery's General Manager during office hours to further develop our grants and fundraising strategy.
We're a friendly bunch who have all experienced the benefits of the nursery's excellent care on our children. We want to protect this great service for all Easton parents, not just those who can afford higher fees, make 'voluntary' donations or pay lunch charges. Can you help us?
If you'd like to get involved please contact our Chair of Trustees, Rosie Wild, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) outlining your skills and experience.