Booking Availability

We are now taking bookings for September 2015. Book your places early to avoid disappointment.


  • "Parents and what they do at home has a powerful effect."

Colyton Caterpillars is a fully inclusive environment where children's needs are nurtured and fulfilled. Where ALL children aged 2 years to 11 years can let their imagination run wild, become independent, excited and motivated to learn. We are a group at the centre of our community, and our aim is to make everyone welcome. A place where families and carers are encouraged to be involved in all areas of their children's experience and learning outcomes.


  • " We all have a role to play in children learning."


Our Key Messages

  • Allow children sufficient time to play and explore with materials before using them in planned activities
  • Establish enabling conditioning for learning
  • Develop a learning culture which focuses on how and not just what we are learning
  • Model being a thinker.

  • About Us

    When Caterpillars was formed in 2004 within the Church grounds in Colyton, we set out with a clear vision and philosophy for our setting which is still present today. We want every child to grow as individuals, develop and explore their own ideas, express their opinions, learn through lots of play opportunities.


We follow the EYFS curriculum and the principals of every child matters.





  • "Parents are the first and most enduring educators in a child's life."

"Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and the world around them."


Development is not an automatic process, however it it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments"


EYFS 2012


Provision for your Child

  • "Parents are the first and most enduring educators in a child's life."

Our play worker will oversee a lot of this provision and will be available at all times to chat about any concern you may have.


The basis of the planning will be based around the 5 outcomes of Every Child Matters:


  • • Be Healthy
  • • Enjoy & Achieve
  • • Stay Safe
  • • Make a Positive Contribution
  • • Achieve Economic Well-being
  • • Parents are always welcome to contribute ideas or offers of help.


We will ensure that your child is taken or collected from school either by taxi or walking bus, please contact us for further details.


Children can be collected from Colyton Primary School and safely walked back to Caterpillars for the after school club.


Growth Patterns

As children grow and develop they experience more, therefore early life schemas become more co-ordinated and we are able to observe these recognisable pattern in young children’s play.


By observing and noting these patterns of play we become able to understand them better, enjoy their company more and help them to learn deep and thorough ways (Bruce 1997).  Although children often show different schemas in their play not all children appear schematic. As practioners at Caterpillars we often see children with one or more schemas.


• Transporting

• Rotation

• Positioning

• Trajectory

• Enveloping

• Enclosure

• Connection


Polar Bear Group

As from January we are turning our part of our provision into a Communication and Language nurture unit.


The group will be called ‘Polar Bears’ and everyday there will be a huge input of communication and language expanding their vocabulary, working on listening skills and starting to encourage expressive language.


  • We will plan to meet the child’s needs, perhaps through adjusting styles of interaction, introducing new experiences, changing routines and adapting environment. Share insights with parents, enabling us to work together and working with other professionals.


  • Staff will attend lots of training related to this specific area.



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Creepy Crawlies Toddler Group

Creepy Crawlies Poster PDF