Caterpillar Music sessions have been running throughout the country since 2001 and have been in our area for a few months now. The music, movement & sensory classes are for children aged 0-4 and are run by mum Nicky. Nicky fell in love with Caterpillar Music when she took her 2 daughters to classes in Basingstoke. She then went on to work as a class leader in the Basingstoke franchise for 2 years before buying her own franchise in September 2018. The sessions are split into two age groups: 0-4 years (so if you have more than one child you can take the younger sibling(s) along) and 0-18 months.

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We recently went along to a session for children aged 0-18 months in Thatcham with our one year old. Each week the sessions have a different theme and on our visit it was ‘Under the Sea.’ The venue was set up with soft mats (for both the grown ups and the little ones!) and sea themed inflatables and soft toys. We began with a welcome song featuring Cuddles the Caterpillar before moving on to sing some sea and water themed songs with lots of fun props. Amongst other songs and nursery rhymes we sang Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Baby Shark, Five Little Ducks and a sea themed version of The Wheels on the Bus! There was fun with a sensory parachute featuring a light show plus puppets, ribbons and musical instruments. And of course there were bubbles! Bubbles are a favourite of our little one (as they are with many children) and she loved watching them and trying to catch them.

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Nicky was dressed for the occasion in a mermaid outfit and also donned several different silly hats befitting the theme during the session. We loved this touch which is not something we have seen before! It was also great to see some of the little ones dressed up for the class. Whilst playing with some instruments each baby was given the opportunity to say hello to Cuddles and we finished with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (another favourite of ours) before saying goodbye. Our little one was a bit unsure and clingy at the start of the session but by the end she had really got into it and was enjoying playing with the instruments and doing a bit of dancing! The session was relaxed with no pressure for your children to join in. The classes have the same structure each week so children become familiar with the routine – this was clearly demonstrated by some of the little ones during the session we attended!

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Caterpillar Music sessions currently take place at Wonderland Soft Play in Newbury on Monday and Friday mornings and at Acland Memorial Hall in Cold Ash on Tuesday mornings. Classes are pre-bookable in termly blocks and it costs £6 per class. The first sibling is free and a second sibling is half price. For more information contact Nicky on 07824634311 or email You can also visit the Facebook page: Caterpillar Music Newbury & Thatcham and the website:

Caterpillar Music Newbury & Winchester has joined West Berkshire Mums as a partner business! You can get a fantastic 20% discount on your first term of fees! (Terms apply). See our membership page for more details and to sign up for your free West Berkshire Mums Family Card.