Every child comes to us with an original 'story so far' and no story will ever be exactly the same. Their individual story will have been shaped by their experiences, their circumstances, their home and family, their family cultures and beliefs and their unique personal characteristics and abilities. This is what makes each child who they are.
At Little Caterpillars we value the things that make us one of a kind and believe that whatever a child's story so far, every one deserves an equal opportunity to be the best that they can possibly be - this will of course be individual to each child.
How do I know that my child will get individual attention?
Our ratios of 1:3 (1 practitioner to a maximum of 3 children under 5 years old) means that individual or very small group attention is possible. We often operate at far less than the statutory maximum when it comes to ratios so practitioners can often spend one to one time with children. This is particularly important with babies for both developmental and safety reasons.
This also affords us the ability to spend valuable time with certain children if they require additional emotional support or would benefit from one to one time in order to develop a certain skill. As skilful practitioners we make judgements all the time about who might need additional support but if you, as a parent, think that your child might be going through a period when they need to one to one support then please do bring it to our attention.
We are guided by our knowledge and understanding of child development gained from the qualifications we have achieved and training we have undertaken. We are also guided by current guidance such as the Early Years Outcomes and we regularly keep up to date with developments in Early Years Practice with a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
We also rely on your input as a parent and are always thrilled to hear what you have seen your child doing at home or what their current interests are. This helps us to plan for their experience here. Please submit any information to us by clicking below or by speaking to us.
Our welcoming hallwayThe love heart has each child's name and photograph on it. The children love looking for their own name but they like looking for everyone else's as well.
Baking apronsOur baking aprons have each child's name on so that they feel that they belong and feel special and individual
"Unlike settings where all the children are about the same age, we have a range of ages and stages from 6 months to 5 years old. This means that we have to differentiate our provision so that it is appropriate for every child. We have designed the environment so that all ages can derive learning and development from each area of play. What a child actually learns from each area of play will depend on the child and will not always be the same thing"