© 2011. Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 313082 A Charity Registered in Scotland No SCO39472.
Early Education began its existence as the Nursery Schools Association – a body whose aims were to advance nursery education and to promote the training of nursery teachers – in 1923.
In 1972, at the Nursery School Association’s annual general meeting, the British Association for Early Childhood Education was established as it was recognised that the organisation needed to work to raise public awareness of the importance and value of early childhood education. The role of the charity was extended to the multi-disciplinary, all embracing Association for people working with or an interest in children under eight and their families.
In 1996, while retaining ‘the British Association for Early Childhood Education’ as its legal identity, the working title ‘Early Education’ was introduced.
The Council of Trustees completed a review of Governance in 2010 reviewing the role of Trustees, the Trustee code of conduct, conflicts of interest, composition of the Board, tenure of Trustees and how the Board operates in line with charity law and guidance issued by the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Regulator. This resulted in the adoption of an updated constitution at the 2010 annual general meeting.
Click here to view Early Education’s governing document
The Role Description of a Trustee can be downloaded here
The Code of Conduct for Trustees can be downloaded here
The full set of accounts for the financial year 2011/12 can be downloaded here
The Annual Review for the financial year 2011/12 can be downloaded here
The Council of Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and have the option of standing for re-election for one further three year term at the end of their first term of office. Trustees must not serve more than six consecutive years. Trustees are predominantly elected from the membership and represent the nine regions of England as well as the membership in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A small number of Trustees are appointed outside of the electoral process to ensure that the Council has all the skills and knowledge that it needs to support a charitable organisation.
The Council of Trustees meets four times a year and they are responsible for ensuring that the charity is well-managed in line with the organisation’s overall strategic direction, in line with its charitable objectives.
The Council of Trustees also delegates some of its work to the Finance and General Purposes sub-committee to support the work of the Senior Management of the organisation to ensure that the work of the organisation continues between the formal quarterly Council meetings.
Julian Grenier is the Interim Chair of the Council of Trustees. All Trustees give their time voluntarily and are not remunerated.
Many of our vice presidents have supported our work for years, and help to guide our work and support our cause. Our Vice Presidents include past Chairs of Early Education and other individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of early childhood education. These are honorary roles with the post holders acting as ambassadors for the organisation, utilising their particular expertise and experience in support of the organisation.
Helen Moylett became President of Early Education in 2010.
Early Education’s Senior Management Team consists of its Chief Executive and its Operations Manager. Together, they are responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of Early Education, working within a framework of strategy and accountability agreed with our Trustees.