Can we include our nursery on our Parent Council?

Q:

We have a nursery within our school. The nursery parents have never been involved in our Parent Council and activities.

They have recently asked for financial help for their Christmas parties and some parents are annoyed about this as the nursery has never contributed to Parent Council fundraising. Would it be possible to include them on our PC?

A:

Some Parent Councils in primary schools do include the nursery but then the nursery parents are expected to join in with events and to contribute to discussions at meetings, when appropriate. It is fair enough for primary parents to feel aggrieved if they are fundraising for the nursery without any sort of help from the nursery parents. One thing to remember is that if you include the nursery, that will then increase your school roll and may, in turn, increase your Connect membership fee.