About us

Caterpillars is a long established group dating back to the early 1960's, when it was based in the village of Eight Ash Green. ‚ÄčIn those times the groups aim was to provide a meeting place for children to socialise and learn through play.

In 2002, the group moved premises to St. Andrew's Church in Marks Tey and has successful Ofsted reports in 2002 & 2007. In  2011 & 2016  we received  "Outstanding" in all areas and we were rated outstanding for a 3rd time at our most recent inspection in January 2020. 

In 2009, Caterpillars was invited to setup a provision within the site of Birch Church of England Primary School. 
Since that time Caterpillars Birch has gone from strength to strength, receiving a successful Ofsted report six months after opening and also receiving Outstanding in 2011 & 2014 and most recently in June 2022.

Caterpillars is an ever evolving establishment, changing to meet the needs of the children and community as well as Government policies and standards. In addition, we implement new ideas and change practices as our employees take part in ongoing training.

At Caterpillars we all learn together and we all learn from each other. Our practitioners treat children as individuals to try and help them to answer their own questions, feel safe and secure, learn at their own pace and enjoy their time with us.

Our settings aim to:
  • Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age
  • Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
  • Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity
  • Add to the life and well-being of the local community

We strive to provide an environment and activities that stimulate and inspire children to learn through practical experience. Both our settings have access to outside play areas which are used to maximum benefit. The children are encouraged to use all spaces with free flow play between the indoor and outdoor spaces daily.

Most importantly, Caterpillars believes that learning should be fun!