AGM/EGM information

Abington Community out of School Club (GAPS) and Abington Pre School

Further information for the Abington Community out of School Club EGM and Abington Pre School AGM on Thursday 8th April 2021, 6pm, via google meets.

Please email abingtonannexesecretary@gmail.com for meeting link.

Annual General Meeting Abington Pre School

Extraordiary General Meeting Abington Community out of School Club (GAPS)

At our AGM yesterday evening, Thursday 18th March, 6pm, there were not enough parent/carer representatives from Abington PreSchool to make a quorate vote so a new date for the PreSchool AGM is:

Thursday 8th April, 6pm, via google meet

There were also no parent/carer representatives volunteered to stand as committee trustees for Abington Community out of School Club (GAPS) so an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) has been called for the same time at:

Thursday 8th April, 6pm, via google meet

It is vital that we have members come forward for election or Abington Pre School and GAPS will not be able to remain open.

*In order to ensure Covid Safe arrangements we are holding the AGM remotely. If you are unable to attend remotely and need to attend in person, please inform us so that we can make the approproate arrangements. Please contact Ruth abingtonannexeoffice@gmail.com

Please read below a copy of the letter from the Chair of the Committee providing further information regarding the AGM:

Dear Parent/Carer

I am sorry for the length of this email but it does contain important information about the settings so please take time to read and respond to the contents.

I recognise that as parents your time is limited but it is important for the future of the setting that as many people as possible are present. Important decisions have to be made about the future of the setting and we require members to attend, ask any questions, vote on the proposed changes and stand for election to the committee.

We will be asking you to vote for the dissolution of the current charities and the incorporation of a new single CIO (Charitable incorporated Organisation). This reflects good practice within Childcare and early years settings and we have been advised in this approach by County Council. A brief summary of the difference between an incorporated and unincorporated charity can be found here https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/sites/default/files/setting_up_a_childcare_provision_may_2018.pdf

We will have a representative from County (Alison Morris – Early Years Adviser) available at the meeting to answer any questions you may have. However, in short the transfer of the settings will reduce the liabilities of the trustees and members and will reduce the number and range of trustees required to be elected each year.

Currently we require a minimum of 5 trustees for each setting (GAPS and Pre-school). Generally trustees have sat on both committees. The current trustees are required to stand down at the AGM and we will therefore be asking for new members to step forward. 

I know that 2020 was an exhausting year for all parents and the wider community. However, it is vital that we have members come forward for election or the setting will not be able to remain open.

In order for the new CIO to be established we also require 3 individuals to stand for nomination as trustees for this organisation. They can be the same individuals who stand for election as trustees for the current committee.

Please be assured we will allow time at the meeting for these issues to be discussed and for you to ask questions.

I look forward to seeing you there (a link will be sent out to you). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards

Wendy

All members (Families who have a child attending Abington Pre-School or GAPS) are invited.

All members (Families that attend Abington Pre-School or GAPS) have one vote per family.

Letter home: Contact details for holiday period December 2020 / January 2021.

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are keeping well.

As I am sure you are aware, Covid-19 has had a huge impact on Abington Pre-School and Abington Community out of School Club (GAPS) over the past year and while we hope you are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, we wanted to remind you of some of the guidance in place at this time.

If any members of your household experience symptoms of coronavirus during the holiday period, please remember to still book a test through NHS Test and Trace and be prepared to share contact details of anyone you, or they, have been in close contact with if the result is positive. Please remember, the guidance for self-isolation has recently changed and, from 14 December, people will need to isolate for 10 days if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

If your household is due to travel abroad for Christmas, please remember that you will all need to self-isolate for 10 days when you return, unless you have travelled to a country on the government’s travel corridor list. From 15 December, those who have travelled to a country outside this list will have the option of taking a coronavirus test five days after they return. If the test is negative, you will not need to isolate for any longer.

Should your child test positive for coronavirus between 19th December to 24th December 2020 please follow the guidelines below: 

  • Where a child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in our setting, the setting should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  • If a child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in our setting, we are asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in our setting.
  • If a child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), whilst being asymptomatic, within 48 hours of being in our setting, we are asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in our setting.
  • If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) over the Christmas period and their symptoms started within 48 hours of last attending our setting, or they are asymptomatic and the test was within 48 hours of being in our setting, please will you notify us as soon as possible on 07547 472325 – Ruth
  • If your child attends Great Abington Primary School please ensure you also contact them through the correct channels.

If your child tests positive after 24th December 2020 until 4th January 2021 please email preschoolabington@gmail.com or gapsooscmanager@gmail.com to inform us of any positive test results.

If you will not be available on your usual contact number over the Christmas period, please will you notify us of the best way to contact you.

Please also let us know via email if your child’s return is going to be delayed in the new term because your household is self-isolating, whether this is due to contact with a positive case or recent travel abroad.

Pre school: preschoolabington@gmail.com

or GAPS: gapsooscmanager@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued understanding and support in this time. Please enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you all at the start of next year.

Covid 19 – contact over the Christmas Holiday Period

December 2020

Over the Christmas holiday period it is still important that we maintain contact with families who attend Abington Pre-School and GAPS (Abington Community out of School Club) for the purposes of Test and Trace procedures. 

Therefore, we would ask:

  • Where a child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in our setting, the setting should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  • If a child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in our setting, we are asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in our setting.
  • If a child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), whilst being asymptomatic, within 48 hours of being in our setting, we are asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in our setting.

If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) over the Christmas period and their symptoms started within 48 hours of last attending our setting, or they are asymptomatic and the test was within 48 hours of being in our setting, please will you notify us as soon as possible on 07547 472325 – Ruth.

If you will not be available on your usual contact number over the Christmas period, please will you notify us of the best way to contact you.

Thank you

For more information about Covid 19, Test and Trace and isolation periods please use the Gov.UK link below:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Fundraising this term

Fundraising Autumn/Winter 2019
Abington 10k Refreshments stall 6th October 2019
@Abington10k @AbingtonPreSch
GAPS Disco
Christmas Fayre Stall
Raffle and Hampers for Pre-School and GAPS

Help and donations are very welcome for any of our fundraising events. Please speak to a member of staff or the office for more information.

Chocolate House

Look out for the chance to win an amazing chocolate house made by Mrs Blyth this Christmas