What makes Treetops so special?
Treetops Preschool & Extended schools Provision CIC is located next to the Village Hall at the top of Pool Hill in Bridestowe near Okehampton and sits on the edge of Dartmoor based in West Devon. The surrounding villages and local area feed the preschool with children but with our very good Ofsted report, great facilities and very experienced staff team we also have and welcome children and families from much further a field.
We are all very proud to be part of a great rural setting that was formed on an idea by the local vicar Chris Hughes. In 1971 when the preschool was formed it was a new concept for a nursery nurse to look after young children as it was expected that the 'seventies' mum would stay at home and look after the children until they reached school age. The original preschool was located in Sourton village hall but in the late seventies it moved to Bridestowe School. The preschool operated in the temporary classroom until September 2007.
Talks with the Bridestowe Village Hall Management Committee started to take place in late 2004 and we moved into the brand new premises on the village hall site in April 2008.Soon after moving in the decision was made to change the provisions name, several suggestions by parents were put to the vote and Treetops came out on top.
This was a very exciting time that laid the foundations for the settings future with opportunities to expand as the setting needed too. Following this, the Breakfast & Afterschool club opened soon after the move to the current site followed by the very popular Holiday club.
All the staff team are very experienced in their field of Early Years,Playwork,Parent partnership working and SEN, something which we are all very proud of and a reputation that we have built upon in the last six years.
We pride ourselves in giving all children the best possible start to their education and actively work with parents, local schools and the community to give them nuturing experiences that will provide the best starting blocks for their future lives. The children who attend the Extended school clubs are happy at Treetops and flourish with the opportunity to have social experiences with children from other outlying schools that come here.
Treetops, up until the end of July 2017 was managed by a voluntary parent committee which worked closely with the setting manager and staff team to ensure that Treetops ran smoothly and efficiently.
On 1st August 2017 Treetops became a Community Interest Company (CIC) - a not for profit, social enterprise. The setting is now run by a board of directors including a Setting Director that manages the business on a day to day basis.
The ethos of Treetops remains the same:
"to provide the best child care and learning opportunities for 2-5 year olds and challenging play opportunties for 2 -12 year olds"
The charity that we were previously to the change still operates but is now solely for parents to fundraise to support the setting. This new fundraising group is called Friends of Treetops (FOTTS)
These changes are a great step forward in safeguarding the setting into the future. We look forward to carrying on our good work in our communities and giving all our chldren the best start in their learning and development.
Treetops Preschool takes children from 2-5 years. We offer settling in sessions for children new to Treetops to allow them to become familiar with the setting and staff in their own time.Treetops is very active in the community and makes the most of getting out and about in the beautiful area that we are surrounded by. We also take part in the local produce show and the annual Christingle service at Sourton Church,something we have been involved with for over 25 years.
Every year we also hold our own sports day whereby parents,children and staff all come together for an afternoon of sports and fun. We also like to take the children to the theatre whenever possible and visit historic locations such as Plymouth Hoe.
In 2016 we redesigned our outside play area, laying wetpour and installing a shelter to enhance our "freeflow" play ethos.We were also lucky enough at this time following parental fundraising to be able to purchase a bespoke play boat "SS Friendship", something that all the children (and staff) enjoy very much.
The nautical theme was chosen by staff and parents to provide something in contrast to where we are situated and develop imaginative play. We held a super "Grand Opening" ceremony for the new playarea whereby we were very lucky to have local author Michael Jecks come long with local councillors to officially open the area for us. We look forward in 2020, to finishing our extension to the playarea and developing the garden space around our current apple trees to grow more fruit and vegetables.
We accept childcare vouchers and the Early Years Funding for both, 2 year olds and 3-4 year olds.
Invoices are sent out at the beginning of each month.
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The preschool is open Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 3:30pm. Either side of this we open a Breakfast and Afterschool club thus providing a wrap around care service if required.
We also try to follow the local schools term dates as closely as possible.
The excellent Preschool and Extended schools clubs services all of our local schools, this includes an
- Afterschool club: this provision runs Monday - Friday from school or preschool end until 6pm.
- Breakfast club: this provision runs Monday - Friday 7.45am until school or preschool starts
- Holiday activity club: this out of school club is very popular with families and children throughout the holidays
- Baby, Toddler and family group: runs on a Tuesday morning with Lorraine at Bridestowe Village Hall from 9.30am until 11.30am.
We also offer 5 spaces of 30 hours
Treetops Early Years Educators and Playworkers are all qualified to a minimum of CCLD/CYPW/PW level 3 and above and they also exceptional experience with children who may have additional needs.
Laura, Kelly & Nicky are near completion of their Foundation Degrees in Early Years and Early Years Management.
All our Out of Schools staff have completed their level 3 in Playwork or equivalent and have addition experience in specific areas of play themes - what a qualified and experienced bunch we are!
The staff regularly attend courses to update themselves and keep on top of changing policies.
We have recently had an almost Outstanding OFSTED inspection, something we are all very proud of.