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Our parent nursery associations (PNAs) perform a vital role. Run by each of the nursery managers and attended by parent volunteers, they help our nurseries to be the best they can be, whether through feeding back parental views to our nursery management teams, suggesting changes or improvements to working practices or helping to host community events, e.g. charity fundraisers. We find that many University parents are keen to be involved with what happens within our nurseries and it is great that we are able to take their ideas into account. 

We recognise that from time to time, parents may want to share feedback about their child’s nursery experiences with us. If this feedback is specific to a particular child or location, in the first instance, please speak to your child’s keyperson or the setting manager. If you have a suggestion about an event you would like your nursery to run, for example an extra-curricular club or group, please contact your local PNA. 

Should you have an issue that has not been resolved satisfactorily at nursery level, please contact Jennie Challender, Head of Early Years: Should you wish to escalate further, Joanne Mason, Chair of the Childcare Steering Group, can be contacted: 

Queries with regard to our application and offering process should be directed to and finance queries to  

The University's Childcare Steering Group meets termly and aims to support the strategic development of childcare provision within the framework of the Childcare development plan. The group considers and recommends any changes in University childcare policy, as well as receiving and approving the termly Childcare Report. In addition, it receives year end and new year financial budgets (which are subject to the UAS planning and budgeting process, based on the development plans, and must be approved by BSC and PRAC).

Member  Office/Post Name
Chair / member of the Personnel Committee Head of Partnerships Joanne Mason
Member / Representative of the Education Committee Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Education) 
or his/her nominee
Jo Lateu
EDU Representative Member of EDU team Jennifer Chapin
Head of Early Years (Secretary) Ex officio Jennie Challender
A member of Personnel Services Senior Personnel Officer Tracy Fahey
Student Representative  OUSU TBC
Academic Representative, MPLS Academic Professor Pedro Ferreira
Academic Representative, Humanities  Academic Dr Sian Gronlie
(History, Arts and Humanities)
Academic Representative, Medical Sciences Academic Professor Jenny Taylor
(Nuffield Department of Medicine, MSD)
Academic Representative, Social Sciences Academic Jenny Hayward
Nominee of Conference of Colleges Academic Dr Chris Ballinger
(Academic Dean, Exeter)
Parent & Nursery Association representative  PNA Representative
(University Nurseries)
Sarah Laseke
A member of the support staff nominated by 
the Personnel Committee
Support Staff TBC
Research Staff Consultation Group Academic Guy Yona



Contact us

Nursery Enquiries

01865 289841


Finance Enquiries

01865 289835