URC PTA is a registered charity (registered charity number 1178895) and supports URC Preschool and Nursery through fundraising events. Please click here to find the termly PTA newsletters.
The PTA was set up in order to help the Preschool with a shortfall of funding as new legislation meant that preschools could no longer charge top up fees once children were entitled to their 15 hours free childcare. Unfortunately, the money provided by the Government does not cover the Preschool’s running costs – this means there would be two less members of staff and the outstanding level of provision would be threatened if the PTA didn’t help raise extra funds. It was decided that the PTA would not cover the cost of wages, but instead buy equipment and resources.
There is a fabulous team of committee members, all of whom have or have had children at URC Preschool and Nursery. The leadership team consists of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Treasurer and Secretary. These position are appointed at the start of each academic school year. We have one meeting per term to discuss fundraising ideas, what the school needs and any other ideas to keep supporting the Preschool. The PTA is open to anyone whose children are attending the Preschool and Nursery and we welcome everyone to join us. Once you have joined URC, we encourage you to join our closed Facebook group for parents, carers and family members to keep up-to-date on all events, school updates and social interactions between other members of the school. The link is in your welcome pack, find us and request to join.
To highlight how funds raised have benefited the Preschool, in 2018/19 we were able to provide the following at URC Preschool and Nursery:
6 brand new iPads with safety covers for the children.
10 iPad minis for staff to carry out observations and use our online platform Tapestry.
New outdoor equipment such as the mud kitchen, little reading hut & the red seesaw.
Preschool learning equipment such as Numicon.
Christmas party & Easter gifts for the children.
Artificial grass in our garden.
We would love to see new faces at our meetings throughout the year! We are grateful for your skills, ideas and any time that you can provide to help make our preschool a better place for the children. Please let us know if you would like to be part of our team - you do not have to attend every meeting to be part of the PTA, we are thankful for any support you can provide.
Parents can join our PTA Facebook group to stay up to date with upcoming events and connect with other parents!
Easy fundraising allows you to donate a percentage of your online purchases to the PTA without spending any extra money! Download their browser add on and mobile app to be reminded every time you shop.
Amazon Smile allows you to donate without spending any extra money whilst you make purchases on Amazon. Search for ‘Urc Harpenden PTA’ when you initially select your charity and hop over to your settings menu in the mobile app to set up the scheme on your phone.
Buy a £1 lottery ticket in the weekly draw and the Preschool receives 40p per ticket. Choose 6 numbers and win up to £25,000 if they match the draw!
Every term we hold fundraising events such as quiz nights, kids' parties, pamper nights, sponsored runs and cake sales. Every event is a team effort and needs the support of parents, carers and family members to succeed. Keep an eye out on this space to find out about the upcoming events we have planned for you!