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"To enable young children to reach their fullest potential within a safe and secure environment and providing them with the freedom to develop through a balance of play and curriculum learning."

Our mission:

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"Safety of all our children, parents, carers and staff is our highest priority during this current unprecedented time."


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"To find us in Market Harborough please visit our About Us page for further details."

Our Location:

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"Play is children's work, it is key to the way they learn."

Learning & Growing

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"You as parents are the most important people in your child’s life."

Parent Partnership

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"Caterpillar Out of School Club is located within Meadowdale Primary School in Market Harborough."

Out of School Club

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Caterpillar Day Nursery is a converted three storey Victorian house in the heart of Market Harborough, Leicestershire. We are registered for 47 children with ages ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years. Plus we provide an Out of School service for children aged 4 to 11 years at Meadowdale Primary School.

On visiting us, you will notice that Caterpillar Day Nursery has been renovated to a high standard and we take pride in our nursery by offering clean, bright and airy rooms where your child is free to play, explore and learn at their own pace.

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At caterpillar day nursery the age bands of our rooms are only approximate and very flexible. We assess each child’s individual needs and abilities as well as respecting the wishes of their parents before deciding which room is the best place for each child.

Our Rooms

Baby Caterpillars

The baby room is bright and colourful to create a stimulating environment for our youngest guests. The babies have access to multi sensory play on a daily basis including sand and water; painting; gluing; play dough; jelly or pasta play. As well as a wide range of toys and books, we offer wooden toys and lots of natural materials to satisfy the curiosity of our babies..

Crawling Caterpillars

A thoughtfully planned programme is provided for our toddlers allowing them lots of free play and free choice. We have two rooms designated for the children including a light and bright conservatory which looks out onto our garden and a creative play room..

Wriggly Caterpillars

Within this room staff encourage these children to begin to become independent learners by allowing them to choose their own activities, but with staff available to support and guide these young children. The children have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities, with the emphasis on the staff being on hand to challenge and extend their learning.


Children move into this room with their cohort of peers for approximately one year before they start formal schooling. This means that the children will all be of a similar age and will all start school together.

Out Of School Club

Various activities are provided for our eldest guests in our Before School Club, as well as a choice of breakfast. The children are then transported to their schools via the Club's minibus. Children who attend Meadowdale Primary School are escorted to their classrooms by a member of our staff team.

Holiday Club

During the Leicestershire school holidays we offer more fun filled activities within Caterpillar's Holiday Club. These are similar to our Out of School Club but we also organise trips to the park, museums, library and local places of interest within Market Harborough and Leicestershire. Breakfast, snacks and drinks are provided throughout the day. Parents are requested to provide a packed lunch for their children.

  • Baby Caterpillars
  • Crawling Caterpillars
  • Wriggly Caterpillars
  • Butterflies
  • Out Of School Club
  • Holiday Club


  • Becky


    "Both of our children are happy at the nursery, and the care that they have received is second to none. The staff know the children incredibly well and it really helps as a working family to know that we are leaving our children, not just in safe hands, but with people who genuinely care".
  • Laura


    "We have two children in nursery, a 9 month old and a 20 month old. Caterpillar staff have been incredible at ensuring both of our children really enjoy their time at nursery. We really couldn't be happier with Caterpillar Nursery and are so grateful for how helpful and knowledgable the staff are. It is the friendliest, most fun and engaging "home from home" we could have wished for"
  • Jodie


    "Our daughter started at Caterpillars, after a not so successful experience at another nursery. During our induction mornings, mu husband and I, knew this nursery was a fantastic choice. Our daughter has made huge progress in her learning and gained in confidence. We are very impressed with the weekly menu and love that Stuart takes the meals to the children. All staff are truly committed in creating an exciting and stimulating environment, where all the children feel supported and cared for, but also have the scaffolding to allow them to become independent".
  • Karina


    "I just wanted to say what an amazing team and nursery you have. My daughter would not be the polite, amazing, well fed girl she is today without you all. Your lovely ladies throughout the years have been Mum when I couldn't and I love them all for that. Stuart is amazing and it just shows in the fact she eats at least 2 lots every meal. I honestly wish every child could have the start to life Millie has had with you guys.Thanks, it's been harder saying goodbye to all of you than I ever could have imagined".
  • Tamsin


    "I wonder if you could pass on my thanks to your lovely Meadowdale breakfast club staff for me. It was my son's first day today, and they made him feel so welcome. He’s a shy boy at first until you get to know him & the ladies were so understanding and sensitive to that. He absolutely loved it and was delighted they found him a dinosaur puzzle. Please do pass on my thanks for being so lovely & caring with him. He was actually disappointed when he found out he wouldn’t be going to breakfast club every day!"
  • Amy


    "The recent renovations to the rooms are great along with some lovely open ended resources for the children to explore. Both our children in the Butterflies and Crawling rooms, love being there and have great relationships with the staff"
  • Ailsa


    "Our boys attend the Out of School Club and we've always been really happy with the variety of activities and standard of care and support from the staff. This summer we gave them the choice of holiday clubs, and they picked Caterpillars! They'e loved every minute and even asked to come in on days we hadnt booked!"
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CatWeb003Please contact Fiona or Lisa on 01858 432661 or to register an interest in working at Caterpillar Day Nursery Ltd and for more information.

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