Helping Out

“Fiveways is a unique playgroup and after-school club. It is run by parents for parents on a not for profit basis. Parental help is essential for its survival.”


To continue to offer excellent play opportunities for your children and to keep fees low we ask you to help out in a way that suits you and fits in with the demands of the rest of your life. This can be anything from 4 hours / year upwards. Below are some suggestions of different ways of helping out. Please indicate how you will help when you register your child. You are always welcome to offer extra support during the year, it can be a great way of meeting other parents and being part of our local community.


Management Committee
This meets 6 times/year in the evening for about 2 hours to support Pat and Grace in managing the staff team and the day to day running of the playgroup. Fiveways can pay for a babysitter or some times parents take it in turns to come to meetings. Enthusiasm is as valuable as particular skills. Fiveways needs a parent led management committee to continue as a charity and not for profit social enterprise.

Fund-raising group
Meets as needed to organise events, such as the Valentine’s Ball, Summer Fair, Barn Dance, Quiz nights, Jumble Sales, Firework night and the Xmas bazar. Meeting times vary to suit those involved – day times, evenings, at each others houses, in the pub, in the building. Some people help with their favourite event others help all year round. The more people involved the easier it is. Extra help is always needed on the day of events.

Cake BakeHelp In Kind
You may have a trade, practical skill or special interest you can offer. For example: gardening, making, baking, bicycle repair, wildlife, plumbing, decorating…
Its always helpful to have a solicitor, accountant, press office, policy adviser etc… for help and advice.
You may be able to print colour posters at your workplace or access charitable trust funds, ask for sponsorship of an event or offer a prize for the raffle.
We also hold tidy up days when we need a good sort out.

Helping in the GardenVolunteering at the Play centre
We offer work experience for parents thinking about starting a career in childcare and those wanting to be more involved with their children’s education. Speak to Pat or Grace if you are interested, we find it is best to let your child settle in first.