We also agreed to discuss a new draft constitution at that meeting. It was subsequently decided that Stephen would draft a replacement constitution.
Marianne reported that Robert's dad is willing to provide ice-cream. At the meeting we did not decide how much to buy. Stephen notes that last year we purchased £25-30. Robert's dad suggested selling prices last time. We will need a rota to person the stall.
Emma and colleagues again kindly offered to arrange face-painting.
Celia has purchased raffle tickets, and these will be sold at the nursery for the backdrops from the Christmas play. The tickets will be on sale from 15/3/99 at 50p per ticket, or three for a £1. We agreed to ask the man from the Patchwork Circus to perform the draw.
Celia and Emma are organising the cake. Shui and Jim/Caty offered to bake a
8" and 10" plain sponge cake, respectively. These should be delivered to the
nursery on Friday 26 March by 17.00.
Action: Celia, Emma, Shui, Jim/Caty.
Helia, Celia and Marianne agreed to turn up at 9.15 on Saturday 27 March to help
prepare for the Party.
Action: Helia, Celia, Marianne .
Stephen agreed to produce a flyer. We agreed to ask Colin/Clare to
produce a poster for the front door.
Action: Stephen, Colin/Clare.
Stephen offered to purchase some juice and paper/plastic cups if
necessary. Marianne will advise on the quantity needed.
Action: Marianne , Stephen.
Marianne reported that notices will go up on the room doors requesting
nibbles/snacks from parents.
Action: Marianne .
Jo and Emma will be producing decorations for the ceilidh; they were thanked
for their efforts.
Action: Jo, Emma.
Celia agreed to co-ordinate the catering. We agreed that we would put up a
sign-up sheet for those attending so that they could indicate whether they
were going to bring an `international' salad, main course or sweet. Jim
offered to organise French bread. Celia will advise committee members as to
what to bring once other parents have signed up, however committee members
are requested to sign up early and to encourage other parents from the same
room to attend. Attendees will need to bring their own lubricant, while we
will provide snacks/nibbles (to be arranged at the next meeting).
Action: Celia, Jim.
We agreed to fix on times for dancing later. Stephen has since discovered that the band leader, Janet Magee, suggested starting with dancing, then taking a break for dinner, and then having more dancing. He proposes the following timetable:
Emma has been on a training day on mentoring skills, while Marianne has been on a course on training trainers, and has attended a local Pre-School Alliance meeting in Cambridge. Sue & Jo are training as assessors.
Marianne reported that Kids Unlimited will be opening new nurseries of about 120 places at the Science Park and at Fulbourne. This is in addition to the 100+40 places at Addenbrookes. Given Amelia's move to another Kids Unlimited nursery, some concern was again expressed that the opening of a large number of new Kids Unlimited nurseries in Cambridge might result in significant numbers of well-trained staff leaving the University Nursery .
Marianne reported that Kids Unlimited had decided that the waiting-list would continue to be operated by Marianne , rather than centrally.
Marianne reported, to Stephen's delight, that there were more helmet pegs.