Welcome to Riverside Pre-school CIO. We aim to make pre-school a happy and rewarding experience for both you and your child, and we all look forward to sharing this exciting new stage in your child’s life. We are very proud of the level of care and education that we provide.

We are recruiting!
Please email hr@riversidepreschool.co.uk
Various positions available.

What to expect in the EYFS 2021: A Guide for Parents

Please read through this lovely document which we hope, our parents will find very useful.
This has been published by the DfE as a new guide for parents “What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage” which guides parents through what to expect in their child’s development. It aligns with the new Development Matters to help practitioners engage with parents about their child’s development.
Please click on the link below to read the document.

Our Sessions 

We offer a variety of session choices from Monday to Friday between 8am and 3.30pm, during term-time only.

We operate a breakfast and lunch club, which can be included in funded hours or be paid for as an optional extra. 

8.40am to 11.40am

12.20pm to 3.20pm

Breakfast Club
8am to 8.40am

Lunch Club
11.40am to 12.20pm

We commonly accept session blocks as follows: 5 mornings, 5 afternoons, 2 full days (including breakfast and lunch club) for 15 hours and 4 full days (including breakfast and lunch club) for 30 hours. These session blocks tie up with the 15 or 30 funded hours, which most parents may be entitled to claim. 

We can occasionally accept other session block combinations, subject to individual discussion during the admissions process. 


From September 2021, the session fee for all ages is £16.30 per 3-hour session (8.40am-11.40am or 12.20pm-3.20pm). 

Breakfast club is an additional charge of £4.60 per day to cover the supervision of children. Breakfast foods are provided. 

Lunch club is an additional charge of £4.10 per day to cover the supervision of children. Parents are required to provide a healthy packed lunch for their children. 

Both clubs can be included in paying and funded hours and we offer limited places that can be booked on a first come, first served basis.

Term Dates

Autumn Term 

Thursday 9 September – Friday 22 October 2021
Monday 1 November – Friday 17 December 2021

Spring Term  

Tuesday 4 January – Friday 18 February 2022
Monday 28 February – Friday 8 April 2022

Summer Term 

Monday 25 April – Friday 27 May 2022
Wednesday 8 June – Tuesday 19 July 2022


Holidays & Inset Training Days 

October Half Term
Monday 25 October – Friday 29 October 2021

Christmas Holiday
Monday 20 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022

February Half Term
Monday 21 February – Friday 25 February 2022

Easter Holidays
Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April 2022

May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 2 May 2022

May Half Term
Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June 2022 (includes Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2-5 June)

Inset Training Days
Monday 6 June – Tuesday 7 June 2022

*Please note that Riverside Pre School closes on Tuesday 19 July 2022 a few days ahead of Bitterne Park Primary School at the end of summer term.