Cheselbourne Village School Pre-School

Cheselbourne Village School Preschool (Caterpillars) is situated in the grounds of our lovely, friendly first school. Children will benefit from a well-resourced learning environment with exciting indoor and outdoor play activities alongside opportunities for transition experiences with the Reception Class. This greatly enhances the transition for younger children preparing for their next adventure at 'big school'. Caterpillars runs all day Monday to Friday during term time. Caterpillar Pre-School is open to children from when they turn 3 years old and this provision accepts Government childcare funding. Wrap-around provision provided by Breakfast Club in the mornings and After School Club after school.


Venue address
Cheselbourne Village School
West Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 07:45-16:15
Tue: 07:45-16:15
Wed: 07:45-16:15
Thu: 07:45-16:15
Fri: 07:45-16:15

Service Details

Vacancy information

Get in touch for vacancy details (please note that 30 hours funding begins the term after your child turns 3).

£5.00 per Hour
Cost variations
£5 for lunch midday to 1pm daily.
Additional Information
Parents can use their Early Education entitlement Monday 7.45am to 12 midday and 1pm to 4.15pm, Tuesday 7.45am to 12 midday and 1pm to 4.15pm, Wednesday 7.45am to 12 midday and 1pm to 4.15pm, Thursday 7.45am to 12 midday and 1pm to 4.15pm, Friday 7.45am to 12 midday and 1pm to 4.15pm. (Breakfast Club and After School Club wrap-around provision). Scarecrows Mother and Toddler Group, Tuesday mornings, term time from 9.30am to 11am - parent/carer must stay with the child.
Related Links
• Cheselbourne Village School
Age Range
2 years 9 months to 3 years 11 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
08/03/2023 Good View here
Ofsted Report notes
If a childcare provision is run by a school they may not be separately registered with Ofsted, therefore the link to their report will be for the school.
Registration details
Registration numberOfsted registration date

Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Access to Pre-School room is currently under review (requires a ramp).
Parking availability information
Drop off facilities + car parking available across the road from the school
Toilet facility information
Ground floor cloakrooms and accessible toilet in the Village Hall across the road.
Other Facilities
As in line with current first school provision

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
We are an inclusive school and our Universal and Local offer for Pre-School and Scarecrows is the same as for our First School. Further information can be found on our website
See our Local Offer information
Record Last Updated
Most childcare providers listed in our directory are open and operating, however on occasions there may be a need to close for short periods on the advice of Public Health Dorset or due to staffing illness. Please contact providers with enquiries.

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Address: Cheselbourne Village School  Cheselbourne  Dorchester  Dorset

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