Treetops differs from playgroups in that we offer one-to-one teaching for every child every session. Our curriculum covers art, writing skills, phonics and reading, maths, science and nature study, music theory and project work.
The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Childcare providers must demonstrate how they are actively promoting these values, as well as preventing children from becoming radicalised.
We encourage children to take turns and we provide activities for this to happen so that the children are able to practise sharing and collaboration.
Children's views count at Treetops; we encourage questions and we give opportunities for children to develop their thinking skills and share opinions with others in a relaxed atmosphere.
We encourage children to be considerate to others and to the environment. This is done using discussions and visual aids to jog the child's memory of the rules. The visual aid to rules is at child height for the children's reference as well as being used for group discussion.
We provide opportunities for the children to develop their self-knowledge, their self-esteem, and to increase their confidence in their own abilities. We allow children to take risks such using carpentry tools which extends their learning in several areas.
We understand that children need to explore and reflect on differences, so we take every opportunity to use the situations that arise during a session to explain this to the children and also to provide the language the children could use to describe their feelings.
We promote this by using our equipment and activities to explain tolerance and respect.
We share and discuss differences, making this a positive experience by using artwork for the children to take home or put onto the wall for all to see.
We have multicultural books and dressing-up clothes that are easily accessed by the children.
What is really important is that a culture of acceptance and respect is embedded into our way of working with the children so that they can learn by example.