About Us


Bitterne Park        St Denys

Organisation

Staffing
Admissions
Safeguarding Children
Behaviour



Organisation

Riverside Pre-school is managed by a voluntary parent's committee and has community pre-schools in Bitterne Park and St. Denys.
We are funded by Southampton City Council, and we operate on
a not-for-profit basis with all funding received being used to provide the best possible pre-school education and care for the children registered with us. We have close links to the Primary Schools, especially relating to transition in the summer, sharing knowledge about children's learning needs, and provision of Inclusive care. However, we are independent from them and a place at Riverside does not guarantee a place at School (the admissions process is independently operated by Southampton City Council).

Riverside Pre-school is Ofsted Compulsory and Voluntary Registered. This means we comply with Ofsted's regulations and standards as set out in the "Requirements for Childcare Register".
We were last inspected in March 2018 (St. Denys) and April 2018 (Bitterne Park).
Copies of the report are available on request or alternatively check the Ofsted website.

Bitterne Park
At our last Ofsted inspection we have been judged Outstanding.

St. Denys
At our last Ofsted inspection we have been judged Outstanding.

Riverside Pre-school is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) who provides support and training to all registered pre-school groups in Southampton with the aim of enhancing the care and education available to young children.

The overall management and control of the pre-school is the responsibility of the Committee of parents; they are also the charity trustees of the pre-school. The Committee is responsible for reviewing both policy and practice and for the employment of staff.

We also have the Riverside Events Group (REG) who concentrate on organising fundraising and social events to raise extra funds for the pre-school to replenish and provide new equipment.

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Staff

All our Staff hold current Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
The ratio of staff to children is 1:8 for over 3's, although we always try to work to a ratio of 1:6, and 1:4 for under 3's.

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Admissions

We are open to children from 2 years until they start school (subject to availability). We operate our waiting lists according to age. At Bitterne Park priority is given to children who live in the Bitterne Park catchment area, then children who live outside this area but have siblings in the Primary School . Contact us for more information.

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Safeguarding Children

Riverside Pre-school has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual "significant harm". At Riverside Pre-school we will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. We have a detailed Safeguarding Children policy.

We aim to build close relationships with our children and their families so that we are aware of any problems should they emerge. When this happens, we can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary in order to help families in difficulty.

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Behaviour

Spot's Rules


We believe that children flourish best in an environment which is rich in encouragement and positive attitudes. We achieve this through high expectations of the children, by discussing behaviour and by being consistent and fair when working with the children. We have clear simple rules known as Spot's Rules. These are displayed in the setting both 2D and 3D.


Spot's Sticks


Bitterne Park regularly access Riverside Park, known as Park Adventures.
St. Denys access a green space, known as Explorers
To ensure this is a safe, informative and positive experience, the children follow three clear rules known as Spot's SticksThese are displayed in the Parents noticeboard.


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telephone: 02380 363018         email: info@riversidepreschool.co.uk
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