Playgroup’s plea with 10 days to be saved

Children and staff of King's Sutton Pre-school Playgroup
Children and staff of King's Sutton Pre-school Playgroup
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A 46-year-old playgroup will be forced to shut its doors if it cannot attract a voluntary management committee.

King’s Sutton Pre-school Playgroup was established in 1968 and is run by six staff from the village primary school’s site.

But it urgently needs two volunteers to join its management committee so the playgroup can continue to care for 26 children aged two-four.

Lisa Hawtin, who has been its manager for almost eight years, described the legal need for a committee as ‘bizarre’.

She said: “It would be such a shame if we have to shut.

“We’ve done a lot to help the community and now we need some help in return.

“The staff have the qualifications but we have to be managed by a voluntary team.

“It’s very different to when the playgroup started – it was a case of money in the biscuit tin but I suppose a lot more money passes through now.”

The playgroup committee meets only a handful of times a year to complete a policy review and carry out risk assessments.

But with a number of committee members stepping down, an extraordinary general meeting on October 15 will decide its fate.

If there are not enough committee members, the playgroup - rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2010 - will shut the next day.

Ms Hawtin said: “It’s not all doom and gloom – we’re in the best position we’ve ever been in. There’s money in the bank, we just need some volunteers.”

Anyone who is interested and can help save the playgroup is invited to the extraordinary meeting at 7.45 on October 15 in the grounds of the primary school in Richmond Street.