Our Team

Riverside Nursery School is led by the Head Teacher who has overall responsibility for every aspect of the preschool. The daily running of the preschool is managed by the Preschool Manager and Deputy Manager who will be supported by Preschool Assistants. Their job is to ensure the quality of the childcare provided is the best it can be.


Our team has been specially selected for their experience and genuine love of working with children and have all passed satisfactory health, police and reference checks.


The team is committed to learning about the changing practices throughout the field of childcare and education and are encouraged to receive appropriate training to improve and increase their skills. Regular team meetings are held and the work of the team is supported by means of regular appraisals.


We operate a key person system, this means your child is assigned a member of staff who is responsible for maintaining the developmental records (Learning Journal) of your child and keeping you informed on your child’s progress, along with being available to discuss any issues. We welcome parents to add their own contributions and observations of their child too.

Natasha - Head Teacher

Natasha leads the preschool and deals with all the administration. She is a qualified primary school teacher. She has lots of experience in working with children of all ages and abilities as well as with children who have a variety of special needs. Natasha is the SENCo and the Designated Safeguarding Officer at Riverside Nursery School.

Natasha is an Educational Advisor and the Safeguarding Officer for the CCAA (www.ccaa.org.uk), a charity for children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), a childhood form of arthritis.

She also has two young children who take up the rest of her time!

Shanelle - Manager

Shanelle manages the day to day running of the preschool. She is an experienced Early Years Practitioner and has qualifications in Playwork and the Provision of Therapeutic Play. Shanelle first started working with children in 2005 and gained her level 5 qualification in October 2013.

Over the years she has volunteered and worked within a variety of childcare settings and with children of different ages and diverse backgrounds. She loves messy play and always plans creative and imaginative activities that the children (and grown-ups!) love.

Julie - Deputy Manager

Julie supports the manager with the running of the preschool and steps in if the manager is away. Julie is an experienced Early Years Practitioner. She has worked in a pre-school since 2005 and has lots of experience with children aged from 2 to 11 years old. Julie has an interest in supporting children with special needs and has experience of children with Autism and with Cerebral Palsy.

Julie always plans fun and exciting activities for the children at Riverside Nursery School and especially enjoys incorporating her love of cooking, being outside and exploring new places.

Julie has 3 grown up children of her own.

Kate - Preschool Assistant

Kate works on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. She is a Key Person to some of our children, she keeps track of their development and progress at preschool.

Kate is a qualified primary school teacher.

Current Vacancies

All positions are advertised through the Young In Herts page and will appear below.



We are currently looking for bank staff to cover staff absences and busy periods. We are looking for experienced practitioners who can be available at short notice. If you are interested please email your CV and a covering letter to admin@riversidenurserysch.co.uk.


Ofsted Report:

We were inspected on 29th September and have been graded as 'GOOD'

Areas suggested for improvement were actioned by October half term break.

Read the report here.

Dates For Your Diary:

Wednesday 19th April

Start of Term


Mon 29th May - Fri 2nd June

Half Term break


Friday 21st July

End of Term

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