In Caterpillar group we run an 8 place morning session ( 8.45-11.35 ) and afternoon session ( 12.25 – 3.15 ). These places are available for children of families who are eligible for NCC funding. To check eligibility please check Notts County Council website.
In the Caterpillar group out children learn through play, exploring and discovering new ways to understand each other and the world around them. We plan themes, activities and enhancements that centre around out children, their interests and their individual needs.
Each half term we assess the children using EYFS curriculum, focusing on Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. These assessments help us to set targets for the children which in turn help us to create exciting and stimulating activities and enhancements. Our families receive a 2 year old progress report each term through parents meetings, open sessions and stay and play events. All children are welcome in the Caterpillar group, we strive to accommodate any and all individual needs wherever possible and work with children, parents and outside agencies when necessary.
The adult/pupil ratio in the Caterpillar group is 1:4. There are two fully qualified and experienced members of staff who are the key workers for the 2 year old children.
Being within a school environment means the Caterpillar group has very close links with the Foundation Unit. Visiting the unit three time per week means children get to know the unit really well and transition from Caterpillars to F1 Butterfly class is seamless.
During each morning and afternoon session the caterpillar children have access to all learning labs which include : construction, craft, role play, awe and wonder, dough, sand , water, reading/quiet areas. We also have free flow into our private and secure outside play area which has lots of play equipment for play based learning, developing skills and confidence, independence and creating friendships. We have group toast time and milk and fruit which enables our children to interact and communicate, and allows the adults to model good communication and behaviour.
We finish each day with singing stories and meditation. At the end of each week we reward 2 of our children who have shown kindness, determination and hard work with one of our class bears. Betsy and Baxter love visiting our Caterpillar homes and spending the weekend with them.
Do not worry if your child is not potty trained yet, we are happy to take children who are still in nappies or who are needing support with potty training.
Things to Remember
If your child is ill please ring the school and inform us that your child won’t be attending the session. Your child will need to be absent from school for 48 hours after being sick or having diarrhoea. This is to help prevent the spread of infections to other adults and children in the group.
As the sunny days return, please remember to apply sun cream to your child and supply them with a hat for their session.
28th Feb – Pancake day – Caterpillars will be trying pancakes with some lovely fruit.
2nd March – world book day – Caterpillars will be dressing up as dinosaurs, making binoculars and going on a dinosaur hunt.
Caterpillars are looked after by Mrs Hodkin, Mrs Weaver and Miss Wright.