Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

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CatURpillars sprang into life in September 2005, after the church building had been modernised with flexible space created for wider use.

The first year was most encouraging with a growing attendance and now those who come along can enjoy the benefit of easier access to the building with ramp access, modern toilets and baby changing facilities.

The Aims of The Group

To provide a safe environment where children can learn as they play and to provide an environment
where mums, dads and carers feel accepted, included and valued.

Sometimes toddler groups can be very hard places for parents and carers to go to, especially if they are going on their own.  People tend to stick in their groups and don’t always include others.  We intend to make sure everyone feels welcome and supported in this vital role of bringing up their child.

Contact Janet Harley

The Poster

CatURpillars - a safe environment where children can learn as they play and to provide an environment
where mums, dads and carers feel accepted, included and valued

For more information, please contact Janet Harley ( 862485


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Questionnaire Comments

Every so often at CatURpillars we give out a questionnaire to the parents and carers to see if there are ways to improve how we run the sessions. We had some very helpful constructive comments that we will incorporate into the group and loads of positive comments that I have typed out for you to see below.  A testament to everyone involved in CatURpillars in any way, be it setting up, tidying up or helping at the sessions.

  • “A great group, safe, warm and welcoming; fantastic atmosphere”
  • “Ben loves coming here and often asks to come earlier in the week”
  • “Lovely welcoming environment. Perfect!”
  • “CatURpillars is the best toddler group that myself and my son attend, very friendly and lots to do”
  • “CatURpillars is excellent and well loved!”
  • “Really good choice of toys. All staff are lovely!”
  • It’s a wonderful group which offers and important facility to the community”
  • “It is brilliant here”
  • “You offer a great service and lovely activities for all ages and we always enjoy our time at CatURpillars. CatURpillars will be something that will always be a great memory for us when the kids grow up.”
  • “It’s great, lots of toys that we don’t have at home and met loads of lovely people. Thank you”
  • “This is one of the nicest friendliest groups we go to, my children love to come here”
  • “It is a wonderful warm and extremely friendly group which is somewhere we feel safe happy and stimulated. Molly and Toby love “Janet’s house”. The volunteers are always happy and engaged with the children and I commend you all on the time you give to a wonderful opportunity. When I worked on a Friday I missed CatURpillars and so did they!. Thank you for your tireless and admirable efforts”
  • “CatURpillars is a really lovely group. The toys are varied, clean and age appropriate. The volunteers are fabulous. The children love the craft activities /card making etc”
  • “Fantastic friendly group would be lost without it!!”
  • “We love birthday time”
  • “We love playgroup here, we enjoy the toys, the other children, it is a lovely caring atmosphere, we also love the songs and instruments”
  • “Don’t ever close!”
  • “We love CatURpillars and look forward to it every week. Great value for money and so friendly. Thank you”

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