Harrietsham Preschool is a Registered Charity run by a Committee. 

The committee members are the charity trustees of the preschool and together they are responsible for the overall management and smooth running of the setting. This can mean anything from organising a summer fundraising event to negotiating with a landlord over the terms of a lease.

The committee is the employer of staff in the preschool so has overall responsibility for recruiting, training and developing staff, paying their salaries, and managing their contracts of employment. The committee also has responsibility for things like developing a business plan, managing the daily accounts and working with staff to ensure the setting follows health and safety, risk assessment, insurance and first aid guidance and procedures.

If we do not have enough volunteers to join our committee, we would cease to exist!  Please contact the office if you wish to join us or simply want to find out more!

Our current Committee:

The Committee for Harrietsham Preschool is run by Trustees: Mel Bower and Grey Bower (Co - Chairperson), Lianne Ritchie (Treasurer) and Shelley Davis (Secretary). Other Committee Members are: Richard Daking, Susan Snoad, Suzie Gamwell, Joanna Humphrey, Rebecca Moran and Richard Cast .

The benefits:

Research shows clear benefits for children when parents become actively involved in their child’s learning and development from an early age. Parental involvement has been recognised by the Government as being key to a child’s successful development too.

Volunteering for our preschool’s parent run committee offers an ideal opportunity for you to become more actively and practically involved in this aspect of your child’s life. It will also make a real difference to how our setting is managed.

You will personally benefit from this experience by meeting with other parents, updating existing skills and learning new ones, as well as putting something positive back into your local community.

There are also long-term benefits should you choose to undertake further training or decide to return to full-time, paid work in the future.

What you can choose to do:

A lot of the work committees do is fun – building new partnerships with other parents and professionals, coming up with new fundraising ideas, getting exciting plans off the ground - but there are some regular jobs too.

The three main roles on the committee are Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The tasks can be shared between different members, so all the work need not fall on any one person. Our preschool has a budget for specific tasks to be done by paid professionals, for example the monthly accounts. However, overall responsibility for this work rests with the committee.


Working as part of a preschool committee is all about opportunities – for the preschool, but also for yourself – and from small beginnings, you could find yourself taking a new direction in life.  

 Please contact the office if you wish to join us or simply want to find out more!