Riverside Day Nursery  - a home from home for children

Riverside Day Nursery operates through the husband and wife partnership of Tim and Alison Wright. They are also the busy parents of four children. Consequently, they have a current awareness of the pressures upon family life in today’s society. They are especially able to appreciate the issues of close family being many miles away.

Riverside Day Nursery is based at the Children’s Centre in the market town of Gainsborough. The location of nursery gives it its name; based in the centre of the town the nursery is easily accessible to the surrounding villages.

Your child will have a busy time at Riverside Day Nursery with a host of stimulating activities to enjoy. Each session will operate within a framework of routine to help your child to feel comfortable and secure in their activities. The daily structure will also ensure that your child is exposed to a balanced curriculum with a varied mix of free play group activities or staff led activities both in and out of doors. As your child gets older they will be guided through a more structured learning programme that will equip them with skills that will enable them to start school with confidence.

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How the day is organised at Riverside Day Nursery

Upon arrival in the morning the children will be offered breakfast and a drink. The children are then split into small groups according to their age and the ratio of staff to children. The children will then move indoors and outdoors and participate in the various activities in each area.

Wet and Messy Play / Creative Area »


This area will host the painting, water, sand, soil and clay play! In fact - anything wet or messy! A structured activity will always reflect the monthly theme. Aprons will be provided, however please try not to send them in their best clothes, we wouldn't want them to get ruined.

Table-top / Dining area »


When not used for dining, the area will be used for table-top activities such as weighing, measuring, small construction, snipping and sticking, play-doh and a host of other activities. Small group activities such as table-top games will be a regular sessional feature as well as puzzles, colouring and board games.

This area will be where the food is served. During each session a group of children will be involved in doing a food preparation activity. This may take the form of weighing out pasta, making cakes or biscuits, or simply counting out fruit segments at snack times.

Mealtimes »


We aim to make mealtimes a comfortable and social occasion when all the children can join together and enjoy their meal in a relaxed, yet disciplined manner. We encourage good table manners and the correct use of cutlery.

Riverside Day Nursery has a Cook to prepare all of our meals on the premises and from fresh ingredients. We operate a five week menu in which we vary the days of each week. We follow a healthy eating plan and have our 5 a day fruit & veg plan in operation!

The Nursery Garden »


The children will have their own vegetable garden and potting area, the produce of which will be used in the kitchen for their meals. The children will be involved with planting seeds, watering, weeding and harvesting from their garden.

We have a raised section in the garden which hosts a large sand pit and also doubles up as a stage for the children to role play on. We have a sectioned of area for quiet and reflective moments. There is a den and a variety of slides and apparatus to suit the seasonal needs. In fine weather the children will be outside as much as possible, even for a picnic tea! We have 2 little play houses for children to role play inside. We have a digging area and lots of plants and trees for the children to help us look after.

Outdoor Play »


The Ride-on-toy patio has a selection of trikes and vehicles. Other areas, a mix of soft play surfaces and paved areas enable year round outdoor activities such as a chalk board, sand and water play. The climbing frame and slide have an all-weather surface.

All children will have the opportunity for outdoor free play and a structured outdoor activity during each session. We aim to encourage your child to accomplish a host of physical skills using their body and small apparatus.

Learning through structured play »


Whilst we endeavour to provide a learning orientated environment that will encourage participation in activities, I would like to stress that there is unlimited learning potential in structured play.

Whilst some children may enjoy from an early age a more formal approach like sitting quietly and working at a table some children do not. If this is the case, then we shall look for other ways to engage participation and to achieve the desired outcome. This may take the form of an outdoor activity or a more manipulative activity.

For example your child may be happier to write their letters in the sand with a stick than in a book with a pencil. If at the end of the activity they have learnt how to form and to recognise their letters then we have made progress. Your child’s happiness is paramount. If a child is happy then they will learn.

The ratios at Riverside Day Nursery are; 1:3 for under 2 yrs, 1:4 for 2-3 yrs and 1:8 for 3+ yrs.