Play, Create, Educate

Maximising The Potential of Every Child!

Here at Treetops Nurseries we take your child’s development very seriously.

We are guided by the same Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework as the rest of the industry but unlike other nursery chains all of our 120-strong nursery management team are fully qualified childcare specialists led specifically by our Director of Childcare – again a fully qualified childcare specialist with many years’ experience.

We make a commitment that our nursery management teams will only ever report into qualified Childcare and Early Year’s Specialists who share the same passionate vision for children and delivery of the outstanding care and education they receive in our day nurseries and preschools. This unique reporting line means the boundaries between business and childcare do not get blurred and our dedicated childcare professionals are free to do what they do best – nurture, teach and safeguard your precious child.

Together this team has gone the extra mile to develop a supplementary framework that guides them in everything that they think and do.

We call it the Play, Create, Educate ethos…….and this is what it means for your child and you:

Play

It’s well documented that play is a critical medium for enhancing a child’s development and learning. Though learning through play is employed across the age spectrum at Treetops Nurseries, this strand of our ethos is most evident in the Bear Cubs (Ages 0-1) and Little Monkey’s (Ages 1-2) rooms.

Here our childcare teams focus on creating relaxed, familiar environments full of home comforts. Treetops Nurseries pioneered the home-from-home approach to styling baby rooms – making them feel like a natural extension of your own home to facilitate settling-in.

Attachments with key carers are cultivated here and help babies and early toddlers feel safe in the transition from home to nursery.

What does ‘Play’ look like in the Bear Cubs and Little Monkey’s Rooms?

  • Sensory play – exploring, experimenting and making sense of the world using hands, feet, mouth and eyes
  • Heuristic Play – investigating, moving and sorting the properties of everyday objects. We do this most often by creating treasure baskets full of different shapes, textures, smells, and sounds
  • Rhyme Time & Singing – through circle time, story time, singing and rhymes with actions we support the introduction of literacy and start to develop language, communication and social skills
    Love, Cuddles and reassurance
  • Construction – honing fine motor control, good hand-eye coordination by building and making things using blocks, cardboard boxes, tubes, cogs, wheels and even tyres outdoors
  • Budding artists – encouraging expression and imagination with paints, sticking art and design. Introduces colour, textures and materials and supports early literacy as children begin to show an interest in the marks they make with different materials
  • Junk modelling – encouraging exploration of the world around them and a very early introduction to recycling. Think empty cereal boxes, kitchen roll tubes and beyond! All put to great effect in creating masterpieces for you to take home and treasure
  • Scientific play – using sand and water play to explore early mathematical concepts like volume and capacity and weight and measurement

Create

Creativity can take many forms and the Early Year’s teams and educators at Treetops Nurseries know this only too well. Although we encourage creativity in all of our rooms it really begins to take shape in the Happy Hippos room among children aged 2-3 years old.

Here begins a voyage of discovery, a world of adventure and exploration but also the very gentle introduction of routine and structure, designed to develop independence and confidence. Our activities and planning centre on unlocking little imaginations and fostering creative talent.

What does ‘Create’ look like in the Happy Hippos Room?

  • Construction – honing fine motor control, good hand-eye coordination by building and making things using blocks, cardboard boxes, tubes, cogs, wheels and even tyres outdoors
  • Budding artists – encouraging expression and imagination with paints, sticking art and design.
  • Introduces colour, textures and materials and supports early literacy as children begin to show an interest in the marks they make with different materials
  • Junk modelling – encouraging exploration of the world around them and a very early introduction to recycling. Think empty cereal boxes, kitchen roll tubes and beyond! All put to great effect in creating masterpieces for you to take home and treasure
  • Scientific play – using sand and water play to explore early mathematical concepts like volume and capacity and weight and measurement

Educate

With the ‘Play’ and ‘Create’ building blocks firmly under their nursery belts, children progress to the final stage of their learning programme at Treetops. Here the Preschool Childcare Team focus on education and routine with the end goal of school readiness. Preparation underpins everything we do helping to remove fear or apprehension of the school environment ahead.

Relationships with parents have been continuously developed during life at Treetops but here they play an even more pivotal role as we help to prepare not just children, but families, for the next major milestone ahead – school.

What does ‘Educate’ look like in the Clever Crocs Room?

  • School Readiness – developing literacy skills and phonics, embedding mathematics into every day routines and using computers and resources to develop ICT skills
  • Independence – from the freedom to access safe, secure outdoor spaces at will to visiting the toilet independently as well as fastening coats, tying laces and taking the lids off lunch-box yoghurt pots!
  • Social skills – building on familiar themes of sharing, helping others and learning to express emotions and feelings – all aimed at shaping socially-adjusted little people
  • Outdoor Discovery – exploring nature and the outside environment and learning about our local community, broadening horizons and opening up tiny minds to the world around us
  • School Week – week long programmes for school-leavers designed to give a flavour of school-life ahead including packed lunches, lining-up for class, register-taking and PE
  • Graduation – teaching reward, accomplishment and success and celebrating the achievements of our preschool children