Our Program and Approach
At Tree Tops, our program intentionally provides opportunities and activities based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, for your child to discover and pursue their own interests and strengths. Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming. Our aim is to support this view, as children transition through their early years’ education and care, in preparation for school readiness and for life.
We encourage children to laugh, think, question and learn. Their sense of self and confidence grows as they make connections with each other and build warm, trusting relationships with our team.
Our program offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences and activities, each specifically designed to promote children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning. Children are presented with a range of activities including gardening, arts and crafts, music and movement, physical play, block building, sand and water play, science experiments, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as reading, drawing and writing.
Our centre is a welcoming and nurturing space where each child is immersed in a rich tapestry of educationally interactive experiences – a space where children are supported to be their own, unique selves, growing and developing a sense of belonging and empowerment.
We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.
We Focus On
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of focus.
At Tree Tops we focus on relationships between children, families and educators.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as routine and transition, language development and social and emotional wellbeing.
We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because it encourages positivity and values such as trust, honesty and communication. We believe that all our families value secure and stable relationships between children and their educators. We ensure that children are cared for in an environment that is safe and supports their overall needs and development.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW under the National Quality Standards, and are proud to be rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think...
“Thank you all so much for looking after our son for the last two and a half years. It has been wonderful for him and for us. We love seeing the changes in him and the things he has learned (we have also learnt a lot too). We are sad to say goodbye, but we know Conor has a great foundation to build on for his transition to school and you are all responsible for that. Thank you all so very much.” - Tree Tops parent
“All our children’s first developmental milestones such as walking, talking, using the toilet and writing their name have been celebrated and shared with love and support by our children’s second family at Tree Tops and done with devotion and enthusiasm, to enable our children to grow. I am confident that the support and tools provided to the children by the Tree Tops staff have equipped them with all they need to prosper in their life journey.” – Tree Tops parent
Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families, not within four walls. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children – whatever our setting.
Tree Tops is situated conveniently in the CBD, and its name comes from the fact that our playground is level with the tree tops in our natural environment. We have a newly renovated centre which is attended by up to 80 children per week.
Our playground is designed to maximise the use of the natural environment and allow children to play and explore as they would in their own backyard. We offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential. Our playground includes natural elements such as sand, water, grass, mud, leaves and twigs, and we also offer gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and physical play. We foster the holistic development of each child so they feel inspired to create, imagine and play.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At Tree Tops, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.