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Caterpillars is an early years childcare nursery located in Cotsbrook and has been established for over 28 years.
We welcome children from 4 months to school age (and holiday clubs for children up to 11) into our homely setting.
The Apley Estate
Caterpillars have now relocated to our fabulous new venue on the Apley estate and we are open!!.
We are extremely grateful for the opportunity Apley have given us, and we are looking forward to working together with them to continue to provide childcare to the local and wider community.
To find out more follow the link below
The Apley Estate
This page will keep you up to date with any available lettings on the Apley Estate, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
We would like to wish all of our wonderful summer 2021 leavers GOOD LUCK!! on your first day at school!! You will all have an amazing time and we will be thinking of you and remembering you with many many fond and happy memories 🥰🥰
Caterpillars-Childcare updated their business hours.
Caterpillars-Childcare updated their business hours.
Today is the end of an era for Caterpillars in Worfield. For over 23 years we have welcomed so many wonderful children (and in turn their children too!) into our Caterpillars family, and cared for them as we watched them flourish and grow. In the last few weeks we have enjoyed reflecting on so many happy and fun memories that we have all shared together over the years, and remembered many wonderful times such as the fundraising events that we have held including sports days, that have brought fun and laughter to us all. We would like to mention and remember each and every staff and committee member who has ever been a part of our charity setting over the many years, with every one of them making a valued contribution, and being a part of the glorious history of Caterpillars. Whilst we have cared and nurtured many many children ( and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know their families) each and every child past and present, has touched our lives and holds a unique memory for us that we will never forget, and we wish them everything they wish for themselves in the future. We feel privileged to have known you all.
As for Caterpillars… “as one door closes, another one opens”
Take care everyone, stay safe and be happy
Sports week and beanstalks!! Caterpillars have had another wonderful week enjoying their sporting activities during an adapted 'sports day week' retro style with events such our traditional egg and spoon race (we chose the boiled egg option for obvious reasons 😂) All our Caterpillars are amazing and received medals and certificates. Look! our beanstalks are growing like 'giants!' and this week we explored colour mixing and learnt how to make 'green' which we then used to create our very own beanstalks-wishing you all a glorious weekend and see you all next week for our exciting fancy dress 'End of an era' party mornings🥳🥳😃
"Fe Fi Fi Fum" Caterpillars have been having great fun enjoying the Story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We played counting games with our 'magic beans' and experimented by planting beans in cotton wool and soil to see which ones grew the quickest. It was such fun acting out the story with the story stones we made and our full sized beanstalk made from sheets and blankets that we climbed to the top of! Wishing you all a happy weekend 😍😍
Caterpillars children have been on a very exciting holiday to Italy this week! We learnt to say hello in Italian and created our very own sandy beaches. We explored how to form sand castles and sand moulds by adding water to the dry sand and also learnt by weighing, that wet sand is heavier than dry sand. In our Italian restaurant, we made our very own pizzas and sampled them for snack...mmm delicious!! Wishing you all a very happy weekend 😀🥰
Nature is amazing...look, the babies are here!! remember the nest we found in our bike shed...look what we discovered today...we even saw the mother bird bringing them food - welcome to Caterpillars little ones 💜💜
"Look what we made!! bbbbbrrrrrr icy cold !!" Caterpillars created their very own iceburgs on the frozen water (mirrors) and learnt about how ice is formed, how it melts and how it turns from a solid into a water liquid. We learnt some facts about climate change and observed the iceburgs as they melted throughout the day as it got warmer. Caterpillars children had the best fun 'chipping' away at the ice to rescue the penguins. Wishing everyone a happy (and warm!) half term holiday 😃😃
Can you help? A big thank you to all our kind families and Caterpillars children who supported our "Wear Blue for Gunner" fundraiser and raised £100 for his appeal. If you can help Gunner and his family please visit their 'just giving page below' and help by sharing this post - With many thanks
Caterpillars children were so fascinated by the birds nest and eggs we found this week, they wanted to create their own!!! We used our asparabrushes!!! (asparagus) to paint our very own nests and then laid on bracken found from outside to create a nest with our boiled eggs!!... We then carried out our eggs-periments!!! to learn about 'cause and effect' and explored what happens to eggs when they are cooked in various ways (boiled and scrambled). We even dropped boiled and non boiled eggs on the floor to guess what might happen (very messy but fantastic fun!) Then we pretended to be Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall !! Wishing everyone a happy weekend 🙂🙂🙂
Nature is such a wonderful thing...look what we found in our bike shed today...only a matter of time before the baby birds arrive-our Caterpillars children are soooo excited !!😃😃
"Ooh arr me hearties!!" We have been busy at Caterpillars this week practising our numbers whilst hunting for hidden treasure for our Pirates treasure chest!! Our phonics and mark making focused on some of the keywords we had learnt and then we made our very own stained treasure maps using coffee water and asparagus paintbrushes!-fabulous memory making times at Caterpillars again!! Wishing you all a happy weekend😃😃
"If you go down in the woods today" we have all had a wonderful picnic filled week at Caterpillars with our teddy bears at their special picnic! We packed our bag and headed off to the woods...look at the yummy picnics the children planned for our teddies...yummy yummy! wishing you all a lovely weekend 🐻🐻🐻💜💜
Another fun filled week at Caterpillars 😃😃we have been creating and decorating sand sculptures, we also enjoyed one of our favourite stories ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and made our own using sand and Cutters. We also learnt about ‘curves’ and made our own rainbows by carefully painting a range of curves. It was great fun when we explored the challenge of ‘balance’ and created famous world land marks using the light up boards and natural resources 😃😃wishing you all a wonderful Bank holiday weekend ❤️
Can you help us?
Do you have any spare wool or do you know anyone who would be happy to crochet or knit a 6” square ( can be dropped in at Caterpillars ). At Caterpillars we have been learning all about how the little children in Syria need our help by receiving patchwork blankets to keep them warm at night as it gets so cold. Angie has been crocheting some squares to donate from us at Caterpillars and we have also been learning how to crochet too! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend 😃😃
A VERY HAPPY EASTER!! 🐣🐣to all our wonderful families past and present😃😃wishing you all a safe and peaceful half term 😃😃🐥🐥
We have been very busy creating our own paint brushes from natural resources we had gathered from our outdoor areas. It was fun binding them together with string and then creating our masterpieces using natural colours 😃😃wishing you all a happy weekend 😃😃
This week we have been learning about ‘ camouflage’ and exploring different animals that have special ‘skin patterns’ to keep them safe in their natural habitats. We remembered that the word ‘blend’ means the animals are harder to be seen so can stay safe. In our phonics sessions we created large scale letters with counters as we sounded them out, and did it on mirrors so we could watch our mouth formation to help us get the right sounds - and we got them all right!! 😃😃happy weekend everyone 😃😃
Happy Mothers day 💕💝we hope you enjoyed receiving your gifts and cards - enjoy your special Day 💐
Road safety is so important and we have been very clever this week learning about what to think about when near roads and moving cars we all thought of some key facts and wrote about them 😃😃
We also practiced our letter formation using cooked spagetti!! It was so much fun😃😃happy weekend everyone
Celebrating World Book Day!!
This week at Caterpillars was such fun in our fabulous character costumes 😃😃
We enjoyed listening to and sharing lots of our favourite stories and after listening to one of our favourites ‘Giraffes can’t Dance’ we learnt lots of facts about Giraffes, talked about how tall they are and used ‘loose parts’ to make them all a long cosy bed!! We also celebrated St.Davids day by painting daffodils using cotton buds to practice our fine motors skills - another happy fun filled week at Caterpillars- have a lovely weekend everyone 😀😀
A fun filled week in pictures!!
We have all been so busy 😃😃we wrote a shopping list to learn about pancake ingredients, then we made our own play dough and created birthday cakes with candles and practiced number bonds.
We challenged our sharing and turn taking skills when playing with the light up table and when decorating the ‘number’ shadows we discovered outside in our garden. Using natural resources we created a birds nest and stable for our horse and bird. Enjoy a very happy, safe and sunny weekend 😃😃
BEDTIME STORY Read By Sarah Baker
We hope you have enjoyed a safe and peaceful week off 😃😃
As a setting passionate about stories and books we would like to Congratulate one of our lovely parents Sarah Baker who recently won the Wolverhampton Literature Festival bedtime story competition with this enchanting tale. We are sure you and your children would love to watch, listen and enjoy" 😃😃
BEDTIME STORY Read By Sarah Baker
Join us as we share the bedtimes stories read by the winners of our Wolverhampton Literature Festival Bedtime Stories- Tale For Children.
❤️❤️Happy Valentines day❤️❤️we hope you enjoyed receiving your cards and beatiful hand painted roses, here are a few to share with you- spread the love-stay safe ❤️❤️
See you all back on Monday 22nd February!
All things red ❤️this week at Caterpillars!
We learnt about ‘reflection’ and explored this by looking at a vase of red roses on a mirror and then painting the reflection that we saw. Then we had fun sourcing red objects in the classroom and making our own ‘red jelly sensory tray!’ We said it felt “squidgy, squelshy and slimey”.
We continued with our Chinese new year celebrations by creating a Red Dragon dance to traditional Chinese music, then we sampled traditional chinese food and wrote some key topic words we had remembered in our group discussions - happy half term, stay safe 😃😃
What an exciting week again at Caterpillars- we celebrated NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK by creating many of our favourite stories using resources and story stones, we then explored 2D and 3D shapes, building structures to help us, and learnt the difference between ‘small, medium and large’. We then experimented with lighting to create shadows and traced the shadows that we made!! We all had such great fun 😃😃happy weekend - stay safe everyone 😃😃
More happy times at Caterpillars this week 😃😃for snack we painted our bagels using milk/water and food colouring, then we toasted them ready to eat yummy yummy 😋😋. During creative play we made our own paint brushes using spaghetti, we bound them using string, cooked the ends to soften and hey presto, fabulous painting brushes! It was so much fun using them to paint our trees onto cling film-happy weekend everyone 😃😃
What a treat we had this week at Caterpillars!! We set up our very own camp and campfire and then made hot chocolate and marshmallows 😋yum yum- we also learnt about the seasons and made our seasons calendars. We then had fun exploring patterns and used loose parts to create our own patterns too - happy weekend to you all 😃😃
What an exciting time we have all had at Caterpillars this week, we practiced our numbers by hiding them in foam and in our duck pond and played a game taking turns to find and name them 😃Then we painted toast...yes real toast!! creating pretty colourful patterns.
We varnished the toast and hung it on our art gallery wall display. Then we made feed for our birds to help them throughout the winter time. We recyled our snack pots and also used cones we had found outside. What a busy week we have had with our friends...enjoy a happy and safe weekend everyone 😃😃
We have had such a fun week at Caterpillars!! 😃😃it was the National RSPB garden bird watching week and we have been learning all about british birds and their habitats.
We even learnt the meaning of ‘nocturnal’ !!
We gathered bracken and sticks from outside and created nests for our own birds to lay their eggs!!- yesterday we enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful spiders webs twinkling in the frost- wishing you all a safe and happy weekend 😃😃
Wishing all our wonderful families and children past and present, a very happy, safe and positive New Year 🎉🎉
We hope you have all enjoyed precious cherished family times over the Christmas period 😃😃❤️.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again next week on the first day of term -Tuesday 5th January - stay safe 😃😃
Christmas has arrived!!... we hope you have all enjoyed opening the precious gifts the Caterpillars children have made for you in their Santa sacks - they were all very proud 😃😃wishing you all a lovely weekend 😃😃
Ready steady Cook!!- this week we have travelled to Italy to find out about making Pizzas.
We all worked together to prepare, cook and eat our own for snack in our Caterpillars Italian restaurant! Yummy yummy- happy weekend to you all 😃😃
Caterpillars have been learning all about Diwali this week and had great fun creating Rangoli patterns using colourful ‘loose parts’.
We decorated Diwali lamps and made hanging lanterns to create our own ‘Celebration of light’ across the classroom - happy weekend to you all - stay safe 😃😃
Children in Need
All children are invited to wear own clothes tomorrow (Friday) in return for any kind donations for Children in Need - thank you in advance for your kind support 😃😃
This week we created poppy fields in honour of Remembrance Sunday
We have had fabulous fun 😃😃creating you all a very special firework display this week, what do you think? We even carried out an experiment to make our own firework display in a jamjar using water, oil and paints - what a colourful and happy week we have had 😃😃