Kennet Valley Caterpillars
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
Where to go
- Holybrook Centre
Kennet Valley Caterpillars
- RG31 7YT
- 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+.
- Has Provision
- Experience with
- Caterpillars has experience with vegetarian, religious and allergy dietary requirements.
- 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) Places Start Age End Age 2 2 2 2 3 5
- 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
- Do you have a waiting list?
Opening Times & Facilities
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing 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
- Offers pickups
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- 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
Our trained SENCo works in room each day. Staff monitor children's progress and discuss concerns with the SENCo.
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.
Again, this will vary depending on the needs of the child.
Depending on the needs or difficulties the child has we would adapt our strategies accordingly.
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.
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.
All our activities, and trips, are adaptable to ensure every child is included.
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.
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.
Regular training, updates and assessments are carried out with the staff, parents and relevant local authorities.
Gemma Dalfsen 07824 888 197
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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