Riverside School

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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Early Years is setup as a unit with children from 3-5 years old accessing our inspiring learning environment which consists of 6 learning zones: a creative space, an outdoor construction zone and an area for outdoor physical development.  Our learning environment follows the Curiosity Approach and the learning environment is inspired by aspects of the Reggio Emilio and Early Excellence approaches which both encourage the use of natural resources and calm colours. Following aspects of these approaches, the learning environment is intended to be the third teacher and should be aesthetically pleasing with purposeful, real-life resources, giving the children opportunities to learn and grow in their own way.

Our aim is to support our children to develop into creative, independent learners through meaningful adult interactions, sparking curiosity and inspiring imagination through their play.


Welcome to our Early Years information area. Here you will find key information about how your child learns at school , regular updates and ideas for how you can support your child at home.

Has your child just turned 3 years old?

Do you have a child that was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020?

You will need to apply for a primary school place for them to start in Reception in September 2024!

Contact us for details

Click here to read important information about applications


What happens when my child moves into Riverside Reception?

Have a look at the document attached which has lots of useful information about starting school with us at Riverside.

 Welcome to Reception 2023.pdfDownload
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Opening hours

Our Nursery (Foundation 1) is open from 

9am - 3:30 pm

Reception (Foundation 2) is open from


We also offer wrap around care at our PlayPlace club from


 collection details2.pdfDownload
 EYFS POLICY Riverside.pdfDownload
 How we learn in the EYFS Unit.docx.pdfDownload
 Item 11 Intimate Care Procedure Riverside.docx.pdfDownload
 Riverside Progression EYFS.pdfDownload
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