Branch handbook

6. Branch event administration

All branch events bookings must be carried out via the Early Education online event bookings system.  Benefits of branch events being bookable via Head Office For delegates:  a simple easy-to-use automated booking experience, with a choice of payment methods including credit/debit card or invoice.  Telephone support available in office hours in case of any difficulties. […]

5. Pro formas and policies

The following pro formas are available for download: Branch officers’ information fom – This form needs to be completed by branch secretaries when a new branch is set up and thereafter following the branch Annual General Meeting. This should be sent to central office by the end of May each year, so that information can […]

4. Guidelines for branch secretaries

Some branches have more than one secretary, as duties can be sub-divided for example committee, membership, minutes, publicity or events. Secretarial duties to be covered are: Committee support prepare agendas for the branch committee and the AGM (see pro formas section for a model branch committee meeting agenda) record minutes of committee meetings, and keep […]

3. Branch finances

Central support for branch financial administration Branch funds are held in the main Early Education bank accounts to reduce the financial administration burden on branches and simplify the process of annual reporting.  This also ensures financial transactions are conducted in accordance with our financial controls procedures. Each branch’s finances are separately coded on our finance […]

1. Setting up a branch

We welcome proposals to establish new branches.  Here are some suggested steps to consider when setting up a branch: What is the nature of local demand for local branch events?  You might want to consider: Are there many Early Education members in the area already?  You can contact the Early Education office for information about […]

2. Running a branch

The status of branches Branches are part of the national charity.  They do not have any separate legal status.  The trustees of the national charity are responsible for the charity as a whole, including its branches.  Branches are run by committees of volunteers, who should appoint a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer to manage branch affairs, […]

Branch officers’ handbook

This section of the website provides guidance to members who are currently running a local branch, or who wish to set one up.  For any queries which are not covered in the handbook, or any support with running local branches, please contact the office (see below).