Kidzone After School Club
Chair’s report for AGM 2017
I’d like to start by thanking all the staff for their enthusiasm and friendliness throughout the year. They have been a pleasure to work with and we are grateful for the dedication and commitment they show in their care for the children of Mulbarton.
Kidzone has had a good year this year. We have enjoyed the use of better premises in the Twiggle Room at the infant school. It was a little over a year ago we had our OFsted, where we were graded good across the board, and our practice has continued to improve.
There have been several staff changes but Ria’s leadership has maintained a strong team feeling. Olena Sutcliffe has taken on the deputy role really well, and we are confident that things will continue to run smoothly come September.
Changes are afoot re Autumn term 2017. It is inevitable that we will have to relocate into temporary accommodation again, the trustees investigated our own custom built solution but this has proved problematic. Ria reports staff are optimistic about this move, we have coped with several transitions in the last couple of year but hopefully the end is in sight, though perhaps still two years down the line.
We have held trustee meetings five times in the last 12 months, and we have been quorate every time. We are fulfilling our statutory duty re safeguarding, and Catherine Pywell has taken on responsibility of monitoring practice in this area
We have managed income and expenditure carefully, allowing us to spend money on equipment necessary for the fun and enjoyment of the children, and new equipment for staff too.
We have fulfilled our statutory duty as regards the new pension regulations.
We are acutely aware of the need for increased after school provison in the village, and we took the decision at our last trustee meeting to increase our capacity from 38 to 50. We are bound by the regulations within the Early Years Foundation Guidance as to the minimum amount of space we must provide from Reception age children, so we are unlikely to be able to increase beyond this level in the future. Children aged three to five years: 2.3 m2 per child
I’d like to finish by thanking the other members of the committee for their support and efforts on behalf of kidzone, and to Lisa Foulger, for holding it all together and making it all possible by keeping track of places and fees and costs and everything.