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Who we are?

The Caterpillar Club is a pre-school catering for children aged 2 years until they join a reception class at school. We have a very close affiliation to Ferndown First School. We are also members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, a professional body designed to support pre-schools in their role of caring for children.

Where are we?

We meet in premises with a purpose built interior and outdoor play area for the under 5’s situated in the grounds of Ferndown First School


The Caterpillar Club is run by an elected committee of mostly parents. They are responsible for adopting the policies for the running of the pre-school, and for the employment and appraisal of staff. The Caterpillar Club is a registered charity.

When do we meet?

We are open each full week of term time with sessions on Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 3.30pm and Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Early Years foundation stage curriculum

At the Caterpillar Club we use the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to create a curriculum that is interesting, stimulating and fun!


Our fees are £4.50 per hour. Children can stay: for a morning session 8.30am - 11.30am or an afternoon session 12.30pm - 3.30pm these sessions are £10.80 per session. Children can stay for a morning session and a lunch time session 8.30am - 12.30pm or a lunch time session and an afternoon session 11.30am - 3.30pm the cost for these sessions are £14.40 or a child could stay with us all day from 8.30am - 3.30pm the cost for a full day is £25.20. ( for all lunch time sessions a packed lunch must be supplied by the parents).

If your child is collected late at the end of a session you may be charged £7 per half hour. Fees still need to be paid if you are away on holiday.

What should your child bring

It is always a good idea to bring a change of clothes in a bag just in case of any little accidents. Please make sure that all your child’s clothes are clearly named. We will provide a drink of water or milk for your child and a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack. Therefore there is no need to bring food or drink.


We have a team of caring, enthusiastic staff who have a variety of current qualifications and training. They are also committed to keeping their knowledge up to date by undertaking further relevant training. All staff have an enhanced CRB check.

Government Nursery Grant

3 and 4 year olds usually receive grant funding in the term after their 3rd birthday. (Qualifying term dates are set by Dorset County Council as: Autumn Term - 1 September to 31 December, Spring Term – 1 January to 31 March, and Summer Term – 1 April to 31 August.)


Important: In order to feel free to participate in all the activities on offer at The Caterpillar Club, including messy ones and outside play, we find it is best if your children are dressed in clothes which are easily washed or not too new! Flip flops are not recommended. A coat is an essential item as we go outside to play in all weathers. In order that the children can work towards being independent, it is helpful if their clothing is simple enough for them to handle themselves when going outdoors or to the toilet.

Parental Role

We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their young children and we aim to work in partnership with them during their children’s important early years. We encourage parents to help in the pre-school with the children. We maintain a high adult to child ratio as we feel it is important to give the children the security and stimulation they need to develop.


At the Caterpillar club we have 27 Policies and Procedures which are available for you to look at in our Parent Information File (which is always placed on a table near the notice board outside).

Admissions Policy

The Caterpillar Club shall allocate places to children aged 2 years to 4 years old. All applications received will be placed on the waiting list, in order of date of birth, and allocated places as and when they arise.

Registration Fee

A registration fee of £25 will be required; this will entitle you to one Caterpillar Club T-shirt & £15 off your first invoice. This only applies to children under 3 years that are fee paying. There is no registration fee for grant funded children.