The government’s controversial new funding policy is going to put the future of hundreds of nurseries at risk, a Labour MP has warned.
Pat McFadden said nursery schools could lose up to a third of their funding, encouraging them to make staff cuts or even close altogether. The Wolverhampton South East MP has written to ministers calling for the policy to be scrapped.
In these uncertain times, nursery schools and preschools must find new ways to raise money to ensure that they can continue to provide their invaluable service to pre-schoolers and their families.
easyfundraising, the UK’s number one charity cash back site, has proven to be a successful and easy way for nurseries and pre-schools to raise much-needed funding. With millions of online shopping transactions happening each day in the UK, it’s not a surprise that thousands of nurseries and pre-schools across the UK have raised £717,823 through easyfundraising.
easyfundraising works with over 3,100 retailers, including Viking, George and eBay that donate a percentage of your purchase to the nursery every time a parent, staff member or supporter shops online with them. As there is no extra cost to the shopper and the site is free and easy to use, it means everyone can get involved to raise unlimited funds for their nursery or pre-school.
Bradworthy pre-school in Devon used easyfundraising to help improve their premises. Fundraising officer Kate Moyse said: “We signed up to easyfundraising aiming to improve our outdoor space. The children used to get frustrated when they could hear tractors, farm machinery, trucks and motorbikes going past, so we have put our recent easyfundraising donations towards having port holes in our fence.”
Once the nursery or pre-school has been registered as a cause on the easyfundraising site, supporters are encouraged to register for free and can then start shopping with their favourite online retailers and brands whilst collecting free donations. There is even a donation reminder available so shoppers never miss an opportunity to raise. Supporters can also shop on the go by downloading the free mobile app.
There is also plenty of help and support available from the easyfundraising team. You can book a coaching session, where coaches guide shoppers through the easyfundraising site and help them to register for free. The easyfundraising tool pack, exclusively designed for nurseries, which includes flyers, posters, ready-written emails and social media posts, helps nurseries achieve a positive start on their fundraising journey and to spread the word quickly and easily to parents and staff members who are yet to sign up to easyfundraising.
Sunnybank pre-school, who raised £1,036 in 18 months, found the tool pack very useful. Manager Cheryl Clay said: “We printed off the posters and leaflets which were available and edited them to include our unique cause URL – we gave the leaflets out to parents as well as the handy quick start guide of how easyfundraising works”.
Sunnybank also used social media to remind parents to shop the easyfundraising way: “We were provided with pre-written Facebook statuses to promote the cause to parents when away from the setting, at key times when they were shopping!”
If you would like to register your nursery or pre-school to easyfundraising and start raising funds, sign up for free today: http://pages.easyfundraising.org.uk/schools-qa/.