Barking Riverside Nursery and Pre‑School

Ages taken: Birth to 5 years

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Saturday 20th April

Limited spaces for September 2024

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Barking Riverside Nursery and Pre-School, rated Good by Ofsted, provides childcare and Early Years education and childcare from birth to 5 years old. We’re a spacious, modern setting situated in a new development in Barking, close to the River Thames and Barking underground and railway station.

Our caring, qualified staff run a range of activities designed to support the development of every child. These might include getting active with Nation Sports, storytelling sessions, science experiments, cooking with our chef and much more!

Our children also love to get out and explore locally, visiting interesting places, including a nature reserve and ecology centre. Our on-site chef prepares home-cooked meals and nutritious snacks from LEYF’s seasonal menu.

Meet the manager

Siobhan, nursery manager

Meet the manager

Hello, my name is Siobhan and I have worked for LEYF since 2005. I have worked at Barking Riverside since 2018. People would describe me as passionate, innovative and reliable. We have a great staff team here and everyone is dedicated to the development of every child in our care.

At LEYF, all staff live our values.


We are curious, bold and adventurous. We push boundaries and test new ideas, always standing up for the rights of children.


We encourage continuous development for children and staff. We challenge each other to question and explore so we learn together.


We are warm, caring, loving and welcoming. We create safe and homely environments for each child.


We are imaginative and creative and learn through play.

My daughter loves attending the nursery. She has developed so much since attending and engages in a wide range of activities throughout the day. Staff are friendly, caring and good at communicating how her day has been, and she has made great relationships with them and her peers.
Nkechie, parent at Barking Riverside
My son has been attending for a while now and he loves it and is learning so much. The staff are friendly and helpful, the nursery is well equipped and spacious, and my boy loves the food. I also like the fact that the meals are made on-site rather than brought in by a company.
Tara, parent at Barking Riverside
Children eating a meal in the nursery

Food and nutrition at LEYF

Healthy eating is important at LEYF. Our chefs, trained at our Early Years Chef Academy, understand children’s specific nutritional needs, and how to encourage children to be adventurous in their tastes. We cater for different dietary requirements and allergies.

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