At Riverside Pre School we employ an enthusiastic staff team who go beyond the call of duty to ensure your child is nurtured and looked after to a high standard. All our staff hold current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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.

Leadership Team

Michele Stride
Lead Practitioner  

Michelle Black
Early Years Co-ordinator  

Kirsty Mathews
Assistant Lead Practitioner
at St. Denys

Annette Davies
Assistant Lead 

Julie Morrell 
Senior Practitioner 
at St. Denys

Sally Jones
Assistant Lead Practitioner 
at Bitterne Park

Voluntary Parents Management Committee

The overall management and control of pre-school is the responsibility of the Management Committee made up of parents who volunteer their time for free. The committee also act as the trustees for the pre-school. The committee is responsible for reviewing policy, practice, employment of staff and supporting the lead practitioner. If you’re interested in joining the committee please speak to a member of the Office Staff. 


Rachel McNicol, Chair
Michele Stride
Rachael Gregory

Joseph Hadfield
Rebecca Reeves
Katie Campostori