CANTERBURY AND DISTRICT EARLY YEARS PROJECT (CDEYP)
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM)
TO BE HELD at 12.30 WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2013 at POETS CORNER 11a SOUTH STREET CANTERBURY
Reason for Calling the EGM
At the CDEYP Management Committee meeting on 11 November 2013 the Chairman reported that current reserves would allow the Project’s activities and programmes to continue at current levels until 31 March 2014, the end of the financial year. However, the funding currently obtained would not allow these activities to continue thereafter unless reserves were to be drawn down to zero. Furthermore, the costs of running Poets Corner (c. £18,000 a year) were unsustainable. If CDEYP were to leave Poets Corner it would have to give the landlords (Northgate Ward Development Group) 3 months’ notice – i.e. by end-December 2013 for leaving on 31 March 2014.
The Management Committee noted that there was little prospect of obtaining sufficient funding to maintain existing levels of service and tenancy of Poets Corner from either KCC or funding trusts. While the Project could always hope for the best it had to prepare for the worst, which would include winding the project up. This possibility is allowed for under the CDEYP constitution; the relevant section is attached at Annex.
The Management Committee identified three possible ways ahead on a “prepare for the worst” scenario:
- Close the Project down as 31 March 2014 and transfer any reserves to a charity with similar aims and objectives.
- Merge with another charity with similar aims and objectives.
- Maintain the Project in existence essentially as a shell charity using the reserves to fund other charities’ objectives as specified until the reserves are exhausted.
It was noted that under all three options funds could be transferred to another charity on a restricted basis, meaning that they could only be used for specific purposes (e.g. activities in the Canterbury area).
The purpose of the EGM is to decide which option to pursue.
- Chairman to report on current funding situation and future prospects.
- Questions from the floor.
- Discussion of Option 1.
- Discussion of Option 2.
- Discussion of Option 3.
- Future of Poets Corner.
- Vote on which option to pursue.
- Chairman’s closing remarks.
Through their initiative “Every Child Matters”, the Government’s aim is for every child, whatever their background or circumstances, to have the support they need to…
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic wellbeing
Canterbury & District Early Years Project plans it’s services to help children achieve these outcomes.
Staff have awareness and knowledge of the Birth to Three Matters framework, a guidance document of good practice to support practitioners working with children from birth to three.
It takes as its focus the child and steers away from subjects, specific areas of experience and distinct curriculum headings. It identifies four Aspects, which celebrate the skill and competence of babies and young children and highlights the interrelationship between growth, learning, development and the environment in which they are cared for and educated.
- A Strong Child
- A Skilful Communicator
- A Competent Learner
- A Healthy Child
Canterbury & District Early Years Project
Poets Corner 11a South Street, Canterbury CT11EA
Registered charity number: 1090139