Welcome to Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery!

Below you will find the all of the information you need about your child’s time at Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery. If you have any further questions, please feel free to chat to a member of the team or to send an email to [email protected] and we will do our best to help.

General Notices:




We hope that you and your children enjoy being part of Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery and that many happy memories will be created and life-long friendships. 

Settling In At Nursery

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. Staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child settle into nursery. We hold a “Welcome Morning” in September and January for our new intake where new children and their families can come along and meet each other and nursery staff in a relaxed manner.

Session Timings

Our sessions run Monday – Friday (term-time only) as follows:

Morning Sessions: 08:50am – 11:50am

Afternoon Sessions: 11:50am – 14:50pm

All-Day Sessions: 08:50am – 14:50pm

We offer a relaxed drop off time between 08:45am – 09:00am and collection time between 14:40pm – 14:50pm

Arrival and Collection

Details can be found below. Please click on the title of each section to expand it.

Getting to Nursery

If you are planning to drive to nursery, please always respect the residents on the surrounding roads as well as the fellow parents. Where possible, please walk. Parents of nursery children are not permitted to drive into the school grounds.

Automatic Gates – Pedestrian Gates Only

The main school gates are “manned” by a member of Leechpool Primary School or Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery staff at the start and end of each session. Please wait outside until you are welcomed in. There is an intercom system in place if you require access outside of session start and end times.

Before the Session

When waiting to come in please wait in our garden area until the front door is opened. The lunchbox and drinks trolley will be outside for you to place these items on. Children should not run around on the path or on the school field, and we ask that you please do not disturb the main school in any other way.


Please say goodbye at the door. Staff are on hand to help the children with their coats and bags.

After the Session

Please wait in our garden until the main door is opened. A staff member will arrange for the children to come out to you one at a time to ensure that all children are accounted for at all times. A member of the team will relay any important information to you (for example. if your child has had a toileting accident, or has hurt themselves) if needed. If you would like to speak to a member of the team about your child’s time, please wait until all the children have been collected.


We need to know who will be collecting your child. If for some reason there is a change to the person collecting your child, please tell a staff member at the door, by telephone or by email. If it is someone new to us, please bring them in to introduce them to us. Please give us their name, relationship to the child and a password which can be used to identify them.

We understand that on the odd occasion you may be late collecting your child because of an emergency, or something beyond your control.

What to Bring

Please send your child with clearly marked bag containing the following items:

  • Labelled filled water bottle (no juice or squash please)
  • Weather appropriate clothing – sun hats, raincoats, winter coats etc.
  • Nappies, wipes and nappy bags (where appropiate)
  • Change of clothing (all items clearly labelled)]
  • Lunchbox for afternoon sessions. (See “Snacks & Meals” for details on ordering hot lunches.)


We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development, and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led play, as well as those provided indoors.

The Nursery’s Timetable and Routines

Our nursery believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in the nursery are provided in the ways that:

  • Help each child to feel a valued member of the nursery.
  • Ensure the safety of each child.
  • Help children to gain from the social and emotional experience of being part of a group.
  • Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
  • Provide opportunities for children to take risks in a safe environment.


We accept nursery educational funding for three- and four-year olds, two-year olds (where applicable) and 30-hour extending funding. Further information can be found here.

Where funding is not available, fees apply.

Our fees are £17.00 per three-hour session and are sent via email on the Monday before the end of the current half term. This payment will be requested in advance of sessions.

Payment will need to clear into Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery & After-School Club’s bank account within 20 working days. Payment due date is clearly visible on the invoice.

Accepted forms of payment are:

  • Cash
  • Bank Transfer
  • Registered Voucher Scheme
  • Tax-Free Childcare Vouchers

Late fees are subject to a £30 Late Payment Fee. Your child’s nursery place is at risk if you do not pay by the date stated on your invoice.

If your child is absent, you will still be charged for the session.

1 month’s written notice is required when removing your child from our care with fees still payable for this period.

If Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery is forced to close, sessions that have already been paid for will be fully refunded with an option of donating a percentage to Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery & After-School Club at the family’s discretion.


Please put your child’s name on all their possessions, including their polo shirts and sweatshirts, coat, lunchbox, bag, water bottle etc. We cannot be responsible for items that are not named.

Dressing for a sessions

We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet, taking off and putting on their outdoor clothes. Please dress your child in clothes that will be easy for them to practice these skills.

Please do not dress your child in their best trousers, skirts and dresses. Casual home clothes are preferrable. Although we provide aprons for messy activities, we are keen here to have fun and that means getting messy!

Children do not need to bring in a change of footwear but please send children in wearing sensible closed toe shoes.


We have polo shirts and sweatshirts which we would like the children to wear, although these are not compulsory. Prices are as follows:

  • Polo Shirts £8.50 each
  • Sweatshirts £11.00 each

These will be available to buy at your settling in session, and throughout the academic year. Occasionally we have good quality second-hand uniforms available, please ask.

Snacks and Meals

The nursery makes snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. We provide a healthy snack to be eaten mid-morning along with milk and water. This could be fruit, vegetables, cheese, breadsticks, and cereals. We ask for a voluntary cash donation each half term towards this.

If children are attending all day or for an afternoon session, they will need a healthy lunch including no more that one “treat”. This can be in a lunch box sent in from home or a hot meal ordered through the nursery. The children will all sit together and eat their packed lunch or hot meal at midday with the staff.

Please note, we are a nut-free school so please don’t send any products that contain nuts (Nutella, peanut putter, chocolate spread, breakfast bars, any nut-based products etc.)

Hot Meals

Hot meals are £2.85 each. Orders need to be placed 2-weeks in advance, taking holiday and nursery closure into consideration. If you are interested in ordering a hot meal for your child, please speak to a member of our team.

The Role of a Key-Person

The key person is a named practitioner who has responsibilities for a small group of children. They are there to help each child feel safe and secure.

The role is important for both the child and their families.

The key person will respond to children’s needs and help them to settle into a new environment. The key person will keep a record of the child’s Learning Journey and update regularly; this is shared with parents and carers.

Communication is paramount between parents, carers and key person as these discussions hold key information about the child.

Your key person will be a point of contact with the nursery if you wish to discuss any aspects of the nursery or your child.

Approach to Learning and the Early Learning Goals

Learning Through Play

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking. Our nursery provides a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development. Children decide how they access activities and this free choice is fully encouraged. In other activities, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part, teaching listening skills, turn taking and new language.

How We Provide for Development and Learning

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our nursery helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with stimulating activities and opportunities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

Festivals and Celebrations

We also include festivals and celebrations where children can dress up, listen to and act out through play different cultures. For example: Chinese New Year, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Fathers’ Day, Mothers’ Day and Valentines Day. We encourage families to tell us about celebrations and festivals recognised at home and in their community.

The Areas of Development and Learning

These comprise of:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring (Engagement):

  • Finding out and exploring.
  • Playing with what they know.
  • Being willing to “have a go”.

Active Learning (Motivation):

  • Being involved and concentrating.
  • Keep on trying.
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do,

Creating and Thinking Critically (Thinking):

  • Having their own ideas.
  • Finding ways to do things.
  • Choosing ways to do things.

For each area, the statutory framework for Early Years Foundation Sate (EYFS) guidance sets out the Early Years Learning Goals. These goals state what is expected children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop in the three prime areas first. If you would like more information on this please follow this link.


We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently and document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how parents and carers are supporting development. We collect this information from you when you first start with us, and then termly plus more frequently with “WOW Moments” slips which are sent home for you to complete and return to us. 

We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing developmental records. These form part of the children’s achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals as well as times of transition. 

Learning Journal

The nursery keeps a learning journal for each child. We digitally record observations and achievements using SeeSaw; information about this can be viewed at this link.

Staff and parents working together on the children’s learning journal is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child’s learning journal helps is to celebrate their achievements together and to work together to provide what your child needs for their well-being and to make progress.

How Families Take Part in the Nursery

Our nursery recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents and families in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents and families take part in making the nursery a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:  

  • Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
  • Sharing their own special interests, careers and cultures with all the children; 
  • Being invited to Maths and Literacy sessions;  
  • Taking part in events such as Celebration picnics, fayres and outings; 
  • Building friendships with other parents in the nursery;  

Parents and families are always made to feel welcome and can speak with the staff at any time or make an appointment if necessary.


The nursery’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the nursery is a high quality one and that being part of the nursery is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and their family.

You can view the nursery’s policies and procedures by following this link.

Safeguarding Children

Our nursery has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’.   

Our employment practices ensure children are protected against the likelihood of abuse in our nursery, and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.  

Our way of working with children and their parents and carers helps to ensure we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty. 

Further information and support can be found on this link.

Additional Needs

As part of the nursery’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any additional needs a child may have. The nursery works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice [2014].  

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator will always be happy to liaise with staff, parents and outside agencies on behalf of the child to ensure they receive appropriate care and education to suit their individual needs. Our Local Offer is available to view here website or can be emailed to you. 

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs John. 

Equal Opportunities

At Leechpool Caterpillar Nursery we operate an equal opportunities policy, we believe that ALL individuals are of equal worth and should therefore be given every opportunity to fulfil their potential. We endeavour to foster attitudes and relations which promote an understanding and respect for others. 

Toilet Training

We will not refuse a child who isn’t toilet trained. Please make sure that they have nappies or pull-ups in their bag along with wipes and nappy sacks, also a set of clean clothing. 

We will work with parents and carers to support toilet training when appropriate. 

Follow this link for additional advice around toilet training.

If Your Child is Unwell

If your child is under the weather, please do not send them to nursery. If they require medicine to get through the day, they are generally not well enough to come into nursery.  

 Children should not be at nursery if:- 

  • They have a temperature.  
  • They have a heavy cold or persistent cough. 
  • They have been sick or have had a tummy upset in the last 48 hours. 
  • They have spots or a rash and have not been seen by a doctor. 

Accidents and Incidents

Please tell us about any accidents or incidents which may affect your child while they are in our care so that we can always provide the best care. E.g. Banging their head before a session etc. You may be asked to sign the accident or incident book. Any information given will remain confidential.  

Although we do our utmost to ensure that nursery is always a safe environment, accidents do happen. All of our staff are first aid trained and will administer the care needed to ensure your child receives the best care. We will communicate the details of any accidents to you, along with what care was given, and may ask you to sign the accident and incident book. If the accident or event is more serious, an ambulance will be called first, followed by a call to you. 


Please let the management team know if your child is taking prescribed medicine. If your child needs to take the medicine whilst at the nursery you will need to complete a Permission to Administer Medication Form in advance. 

Change of Details

Please let us know when home, mobile, work or emergency contact numbers change so that we are always able to contact you in the case of an emergency.   

Notice Boards

We have a larger notice board at the front of our garden. Please read notices regularly.