Parents Considering Our Nursery

What age do you accept children from?

We are able to accept children once they have turned 2.

How much are your fees?

Our fees are £14 per three-hour session. Our sessions run Mondays – Fridays (term-time only) as follows:

Morning sessions: 08:50am – 11:50am
Afternoon sessions: 11:50am – 14:50pm
All-day sessions: 08:50am – 14:50pm (counts as two sessions)

Do you accept funded hours?

Yes, we accept funding hours for all of our sessions, depending on our availability. There are three types of funding:

Two-Year Funding

Your two-year old may be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare, funded by the government. Eligibility follows strict criteria, and are based on financial circumstances or support needs. To find out more, please click here.

Three- and Four-Year Universal Funding

Every three- and four-year old child living in England is eligible for 15 hours of free childcare, funded by the government.

Your child will be eligible for this the term after their third birthday. For example:

A child is born on or between:

– 1st April and 31st August will be eligible for a free place from the beginning of the September term.
– 1st September and 31st December will be eligible for a free place from the beginning of the January term.
– 1st January and 31st March will be eligible for a free place from the beginning of the April term.

To find out more, please click here.

Three- and Four-Year Extended Funding

Children whose parents are both working may be eligible for 15 additional hours of funding (max. of 30 hours funding per week). This needs to be applied for online by the parents, and should be done a term in advance. To find out more, please click here.

Can I send my child for just one session per week?

We encourage our families to send their children for at least two sessions a week. This is to give them the best chance to settle in and enjoy their time with us.

My child still naps, do you have sleeping facilities?

Our sessions are very busy, and can be very tiring for young children, especially if they are still napping during the day. We are restricted in space, and are unable to cater for naps. If your child is still napping, please try to secure a morning session to work around their nap times.

What times do your sessions run?

Our sessions run Mondays to Fridays, term time only, as follows:

Morning sessions: 08:50am – 11:50am
Afternoon sessions: 11:50am – 14:50pm
All-day sessions: 08:50am – 14:50pm (counts as two sessions)

Are you open throughout the year?

We are a term-time only nursery. We follow the academic calendar of West Sussex County Council, and are closed for bank holidays and INSET days.

Do you have an outdoor area?

We have a large enclosed garden with a canopy, allowing us to use our outdoor space in all weathers.

We are based in the grounds of Leechpool Primary School, and enjoy the use of their sports fields on occasion.

We have our very own “secret garden” allotment just next to the grounds of our nursery, where we enjoy planting and harvesting produce with the children.

I am interested in sending my child to Caterpillar Nursery. How do I apply?


We have two intakes each academic year; September and January. We have limited availability and our sessions fill up fairly quickly, so we encourage families to register their children on our waiting list as soon as far in advance as possible.

To do so, please complete the form on this page.