"Can I try a class first?"
Yes, we do encourage parents and children to try a class and when you book your first full term block you will get this first session free. We do encourage you to attend at least half a term (approx. 6 classes) to allow your child the time to settle in and make friends. Just as you wouldnít expect your child to swim on their first swimming lesson, we donít expect them to fully participate on their first Creative Caterpillars session! However, if you tried for three or four weeks and still feel that Creative Caterpillars is not right for you and your child, then any refunds for classes not taken can be discussed with your class teacher.
"What do I need to bring/wear to class?"
It's best if you and your child/ren are comfortably dressed as the classes are quite active and do require some sitting down, getting up and moving around. We provide painting smocks for the children which cover their upper bodies and arms. All paints and glue are water based, but as a precaution, we would recommend you do not wear best clothes as stains may occur with some fabrics, and to wear clothes that can easily be washed i.e. not dry clean only. Adults are actively encouraged to join in with all the activities and are welcome to bring aprons if they wish.
"I have older/younger children too. Can they come to class?"
Yes, we welcome older/younger siblings of the child(ren) registered for class. All we ask is that if they are joining in as much as their paid-for sibling, you then pay for the additional child at a set rate agreed with the teacher. Ideally, children of differing ages should be registered in the individual age-specific class to get the most out of the classes. However, we recognise that this is not always possible so please ask us about which age group might be the most suitable if you are bringing children of different ages.
"What happens when my child is old enough to go to another class?"
We usually move children up to the next age-specific class at the end of the term after their birthday. You will be able to state your preferences for class time and venue and we will always do our best to accommodate your needs. Do bear in mind that the class age groups are just a guide and a less confident child may benefit from staying in their familiar class for a little longer. Equally, a very confident child may be moved up early if they need the extra stimulation of an older age group class. All children are individual!
"How much are classes?"
Class prices start from ¬£5 per session for term-time classes. Where School holiday events are listed, prices will be detailed in the letters to parents and on the Classes page of the website.
"Can I pay for individual classes?"
Generally we do not usually offer a "Pay Per Class" option as Creative Caterpillars is a structured activity with limited class numbers. To enable each child to get the most from the class it is necessary to have small, consistent groups each term. In addition, as we provide all the art materials for the planned lessons we need to ensure we have the correct amount of materials for the number of children attending, So, thereís no fighting over who gets the feathers, sequins or paint brushes