Caterpillars aim to grow in Sutton Bridge

Little Butterflies: Back (from left) - Jemma Lewis, Paris Webb, Joshua Smith, Katherine Davies and Cohen Dobbie; Middle - Oscar Lewis, Samuel Jeffrey, Finlay Smith; front - Evie Jeffrey. Photo: SG110112-137TW
Little Butterflies: Back (from left) - Jemma Lewis, Paris Webb, Joshua Smith, Katherine Davies and Cohen Dobbie; Middle - Oscar Lewis, Samuel Jeffrey, Finlay Smith; front - Evie Jeffrey. Photo: SG110112-137TW
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MUMS behind childminders Little Caterpillars in Sutton Bridge hope to open a nursery in the village community centre.

Katherine Davies and Jemma Lewis, both aged 22, want to leap from childminding at Katherine’s home to renting a room at The Curlew Centre – and have an apt name for the next stage of their business, Little Butterflies.

Jemma said they have been offered £3,000 from power station money but they must raise another £2,000 to help buy play and nursery equipment.

She said: “We want to set up full day care and we are trying to get appeals out for people to become involved with a community nursery.

“We will need things like soft play equipment, which in itself is very expensive, storage units to put children’s craft work in, and tables and chairs.”

They began setting up Little Caterpillars at the beginning of last year and it officially opened in November. They currently look after seven children, including Jemma’s son Oscar (2) and Katherine’s boys Joshua (3) and Finley (2).

The mums say the new nursery could eventually cater for up to 50 children and hope it will also create jobs.

District and parish councillor Chris Brewis has been helping the mums source assistance via the district council and says nursery education gives children the best start in life.

• If anyone can help Little Butterflies please contact Katherine on 01406 258459 or email littlebutterfliesdaynursery@hotmail.co.uk