Kennet Valley Caterpillars

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Kennet Valley Caterpillars is a Waldorf inspired preschool in the heart of Fords Farm. Our spacious hall inside the community centre and private, designated garden area welcomes children from the local and wider area. We offer care for children from 2-5 years old and accept the 15 government funded (free) hours across our sessions as well as the extended hours covered by the 30 hours eligibility code, 2 year old funding, Childcare vouchers and Tax Free Childcare. Full day, half day and lunch club sessions allow us to be flexible to each families needs.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gemma Dalfsen
Contact Position

Where to go

Holybrook Centre
Kennet Valley Caterpillars
Carters Rise
RG31 7YT

Other Details


Age Ranges
Other notes

Funded places are offered on a first come first served basis, we restrict places for 2 year olds based on staff ratios, places for 3 & 4 year olds are combined.

Our morning sessions (9:00 - 11:45) are "learning through play" for all ages of children.

Afternoon sessions are "Independant Learning & School Focus Skills" for children aged 3+.


Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Caterpillars has experience with vegetarian, religious and allergy dietary requirements.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We have a handful of vacancies Spring & Summer term 2021, there is a large number of children graduating to primary school at the end of the Summer term so there will be more availability Sept 2021.
Date updated
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
2 2 2
2 3 5

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hour Partner Summary
No current partners

Waiting List

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Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 15:00
Thursday 09:00 15:00
Friday 09:00 13:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

SEN Provision Type
Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
1 to 4
Needs Level

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

Our trained SENCo works in room each day. Staff monitor children's progress and discuss concerns with the SENCo.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

This will vary based on the individual needs and preferences of each family. However we aim to provide termly updates via our Parents Afternoons, weekly updates via Famly and are always available at drop off, pick up or at a prearranged meeting to discuss face to face.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

Again, this will vary depending on the needs of the child.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

Depending on the needs or difficulties the child has we would adapt our strategies accordingly.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

Where a child has additional needs we aim to provide the highest support possible. This will vary depending on the needs of each child and their family.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

We aim to provide termly updates via our Parents Afternoons, weekly updates via Famly and are always available at drop off, pick up or at a prearranged meeting to discuss face to face. Each child has a designated keyworked with whom the family can talk to as often as they'd like.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

All our activities, and trips, are adaptable to ensure every child is included.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

Very accessible - there is a ramp at the entrance, the corridor is wide and our walkways around the hall can be modified easily if needed.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

We work closely with Kennet Valley Primary School's foundation teacher. If your child was changing setting we'd invite their new keyworker to join us for a session and offer their Caterpillar keyworker to go with them for a settling in session at their new setting. We share information across settings, when appropriate and with the consent of the carer.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

Regular training, updates and assessments are carried out with the staff, parents and relevant local authorities.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Gemma Dalfsen 07824 888 197

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

Our complaints procedure is available to all parents via our policies and procedures folder in reception. We aim to carry out termly surveys for parents to give anonymous feedback, we have a suggestion box in our reception area and most of all, we talk to our parents/families regularly.

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