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Hi Absolutely new territory to me but can any of you experts out there inform me of the role of a Parent Panel (based in a Children's Centre)? Also who is actually on the Panel - is it made up entirely of all parents or other representatives? Have googled but it comes up with all sorts of types Parent Panels and nothing too specific.

I eagerly await your responses.

Thank you

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apologies I forgot to include the reason behind my enquiry - I have just received a telephone call inviting me to 2 interviews for a completely new job one of which is conducted by the Parent Panel at the Children's Centre.

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Just wanted to wish you good luck.

 

Not sure if a parent 'panel' may be similar to a committee - which would allow the centre to run as a charity and therefore recieve the financial benefits that chairties are entitled to?

 

Interesting one that, best of luck,

 

Spiral.

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hi

I am a childrens centre worker and we have a parents forum. A group of parents who we encourage to meet in the centre every few months. The aim of the forum is to give parents a voice, to get parents involved in running the centre, making decisions,giving ideas of what they want to see or do at the centre.

The centre manager was present at the first 2 meetings along with myself but from now onwards myself and another centre worker will be sitting in on the forum.

I think a parent panel is likely to be the same but not totally sure!!

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Thanks Unsworth

The job is Family support worker (early interventions) - Employer Action for Children based at the Children's Centre.

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The job is Family support worker (early interventions) - Employer Action for Children based at the Children's Centre.

 

The job sounds very interesting. Sorry I can't help with your query but wanted to wish you the best of luck for the interviews. :o

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Thanks everyone - not really getting too far - have been googling Children's centre and Action for Children but no real mention of the role of the parents panel - just a case of a few deep breaths and go for it I think!

Oh well - nothing to lose - I have already handed my notice in (prior to me finding out I was short listed) as I need a change of direction. Will keep you posted of the outcome either way.

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Hiya, I think that the parent panel will as someone else says be similar to the parents forum. When we interview for any job within the centre there is always where possible a parent representative on the interview panel to ensure that it is fair for everyone and they can give an opinion based from a parent users perspective. Maybe they use their parents to undetake their own interview panel and then you might have to go to main interview with centre personnel. Sorry just re-read your post and this is what they seem to be doing. I don't know but it is worth asking the question - no-one will mind and then at least you will know what is expected of you

Good luck - hope it goes well.

Nikki

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Thanks Nikki - much appreciated. I am wondering what sort of presentation I will be doing and what type of exercise too? Apparently I will be told at interview.....any thoughts on this one?

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