Our charitable status

We operate as a charity, not for profit, and we need your help to thrive!

The nursery is a registered charity, and has been for many years. This means that we use all our income on providing our service, and securing the future of the Pre-school and After-school services we offer.

There is a current opportunity to help us with just a couple of clicks!


B.A.S.I.C. and Corner House Nursery are now registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself!

These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment.

You can find our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/basicchildcare/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=gs-e1

Thank you so much!

Charity Membership

All parents become members of the charity when their children are registered. The charity has 3 appointed trustees/ office bearers who act in a governance role for the charity, provide support to the operational team in decision-making for the organisation and are members of the Board.

If you do not have a child in one of our erodes, but wish to become a member of the Charity and support us in other ways, please contact us to discuss this.

The Board

Are meetings open to anyone to attend ?

Meetings of the Board and creation of sub committees are not ‘closed’. Anyone who is interested will be warmly welcomed to attend. It can seem a bit daunting to come along to a meeting, new parents may feel that they are a bit cliquey! This is absolutely not the case, we really want you to come to the meetings and have chance to see how things work, and get the opportunity to take part in the decision-making. Board members are parents and are all volunteers, not scary at all!

Please note: for the last 18 months all Board meetings have been held over Microsoft Teams as a video call, avoiding the need for unnecessary footfall in the Nursery/ After school building, in line with Covid-safe guidance.

Current Board Members:

  • Gordon Sherry – Convenor
  • Marc Fraser – Treasurer
  • Gillian Bratt-McManus – Secretary
  • Laura Laughlin

A registered Scottish charity, we need help raising funds to provide a great experience for the children in our care, and support the wider community in Helensburgh and Lomond. Like all organisations, there are plenty of bills to pay, and we’d like be able to do more.

Back to school now in August 2021!

Are you good at:

  • Volunteering time and energy?
  • Talking to other mums, dads and carers?
  • Organising projects?
  • Fundraising?
  • Sales or advertising?
  • Social media?
  • Coming up with creative ideas?
  • Building/ decorating/gardening?
  • Driving?

We need all these skills and more, every parent/ carer has something to offer, and we need YOU to help us make the most of BASIC and Cornerhouse!

Interested in lending a hand?

Please contact Board@basicchildcare.co.uk and let us know how you’d like to get more involved!

How we are run

Our nursery is not a commercial business, nor is it managed by the Council or the Education Authorities. It is a charitable group, set up and managed overall by The Parent: qualified staff look after the children and run the sessions, but a Board consisting of parents follow a constitution (a document which clearly sets out how the Pre School and After School is run) and have overall decision-making responsibility.

A copy of this constitution is available to read. We are working towards holding structured meetings every 4-6 weeks which parents/carers are welcome to join, and we hold an AGM every year, to which all parents/ carers are invited.

Fees cover basic running costs. The Board also aim to organise fundraising events to generate money for extra equipment and materials, and provide treats/ surprises for the children e.g. at Christmas.

Staff and parents all work together to keep our children happy and safe.

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