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Welcome to Caterpillars

Caterpillars operates during Hampshire term times, Monday to Friday, offering morning and afternoon sessions between the hours of 9am and 3:30pm.

We also offer a breakfast club/early drop-off starting at 8:30am.


Holiday clubs are available. 

Caterpillars Montessori Pre-School provides a small, nurturing setting with highly experienced staff.


We have high adult to child ratios for the staff and children to build trust and relationships with each other. We make sure each child is known well on a personal level whilst they have deeper 1-1 sessions with their key person to practise and develop important life skills. 

As a setting, we provide a variety of extra-curricular activities which are all included in the fees. At Caterpillars, the children enjoy time with two small dogs. The children learn how to care for animals, whilst the dogs have a positive, calming effect on them.


We have two well equipped secure outdoor spaces which children access daily.

Staff ensure transitions to local schools run smoothly for each child based on their individual characters, friendships and needs. We follow the child and their interests, and through observations, we prepare them for school and their next steps after Caterpillars.

The Pre-School is in the Appleton Hall, located in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire village of Hartley Wintney.


"We chose Caterpillars as we’d heard from other parents that it had a fantastic reputation. We love the fact that the school follows Montessori methodology and principles helping our child to develop into a strong and independent individual. We also absolutely love the key workers who are always so supportive and take fantastic care of our daughter. Each week we see significant and positive changes as a result of the excellent loving care she’s being given by the nursery staff."

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