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.

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 2023, the session fee for all ages is £18.50 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 £4.50 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 

Tuesday 5th September – Friday 20th October 2023

October half term
Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October 2023

Monday 30th October – Friday 15th December 2023

Christmas holiday

Monday 18th December – Monday 1st January

Spring Term  

Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 9th February 2024

February half term

Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 2024

Monday 19th February – Thursday 28th March 2024

Easter holiday

Friday 29th March – Friday 12th April 2024


Summer Term 

Monday 15th April – Friday 24th May 2024

May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2024

May half term
Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024

Tuesday 4th June – Tuesday 16th July 2024

Inset Days 

Tuesday 2nd January 2024
Monday 3rd June 2024

Please note that Riverside pre-school CIO last day of term is Tuesday 16th July 2024 which is a few days ahead of the Bitterne Park Primary school finishes for the term.