Caterpillars Specialist Intervention Nursery

Tennyson Avenue




01227 46431


Welcome to Caterpillars!

Caterpillars is a Specialist Nursery Intervention, for the Canterbury and Coastal District and connected to St Nicholas School. The nursery is situated on the Parkside Primary School site in Tennyson Avenue. 

Pre-school children with identified special needs can be referred through the local Specialist Teaching and Learning 
Service (STLS) or Portage Service, to receive specialist interventions either on or off site. For further information 

Sessions at the Nursery are allocated for 12 weeks in the first instance for 3-4 year olds, and children will usually 
have a dual placement with a mainstream setting. 

Specialist nursery staff work together with the parents, other professionals and the mainstream settings to identify 
appropriate school age provision for children to reach their full potential. In some instances, this may mean a child 
needs to have an Education, Health and Care Plan in place. Support and advice will be given to parents during their 
stay in the nursery and support them through the processes, if an EHCP is necessary. 

The nursery focusses on a play based approach to learning in a stimulating environment.

We understand how important child development is and try to embed the Characteristics of Effective Learning into 
the classroom:

Playing and Exploring - children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’
Active Learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things. 

Pupils will be encouraged to develop effective communication systems eg symbol, sign, objects of reference, vocalisation or the use of technical devices to give them a voice. Joint attention activities help to provide children with opportunities to develop two way communication, enjoy social interaction and relationships. The nursery provides a wide variety of experiences including physical and sensory activities and encourage children to engage with their learning. 

Parent/Carer comments about their experience of Caterpillar Class

Our son attended Caterpillars for two terms, but we wished it could have been for longer as he loved it!

The staff are extremely knowledgeable and caring, it was wonderful to see them work with him.

Caterpillar Class Slideshow 

Nursery Manager - Charlotte Wiffen -
Nursery Teacher- Julie Harris -
01227 464316 ext 266 or 07754 749705 

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