About The Treehouse

A Place to Play, Learn, and Grow 

- Preschool accepts 2.5 to 5 year olds

- Pre-K accepts 4 & 5 year olds

- Up to 4 hours per day

-1 to 5 days per week

- 1:6 teacher to child ratio

- Open 8:00 am- 4:45 pm

-Play and Nature Based

-Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori Inspired

- A nutritious snack is provided

- Children do NOT have to be potty trained for preschool

Why Choose a Play-based Preschool?

 

More and more research is leaning toward the importance of play and giving children meaningful experiences in an environment that allows them to explore and discover their world. Learning through play gives children the opportunity to take ownership in their learning.

 

Play is not just something to do in between activities. It’s an important activity in itself. Play is active and engages the whole brain, providing opportunities that are multi-sensory, creative and imaginative.

 

According to the Amercican Association of Pediatrics report, play:

 

  • Allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength

  • Is important to healthy brain development

  • Allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles

  • Allows children to learn how to work in groups, share, negotiate, resolve conflicts and learn self-advocacy skills

  • Allows less verbal children to express their views, experiences and even frustrations

  • Offers parents and caregivers a wonderful opportunity to engage fully with their children

  • Allows for peer interactions and is thus an important component of social-emotional learning

Philosophy

We believe in the importance of PLAY! At The Treehouse Playcare and Preschool, we strive to inspire a sense of wonder and playfulness, and build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Children have a natural curiosity and interest in the world around them, and they need a balance that allows them to reach their potential, without pushing them beyond their personal comfort limits. We encourage children to discover the world through their own eyes through playing, creating, and exploring.

Play may seem simple, yet it is profound to a child’s development. When a child laughs and wonders, explores and imagines, they are able to associate learning to something that happens naturally and joyfully. According to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), free and unstructured play is essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones as well as helping them manage stress and become resilient. Through play, children also learn compassion and collaboration.

We believe in hands-on, child directed play. When children are learning and playing with joy, then it is a positive experience. Often times, they don’t even realize they are learning because they are so interested! We believe in offering children educational and social opportunities at an age-appropriate level. With these experiences, imaginations will soar as they learn about who they are and how things work.

All children are playful by nature. Their first experiences exploring their senses lead them to play, first by themselves and eventually with others. We believe in the importance of a mixed age group setting. Socialization is key to development, especially when children are prompted to learn from one another. Younger children can watch and learn from the older preschoolers playing nearby, and the older children learn empathy and compassion through interactions with the younger children.

Our creative environment and nurturing teachers provide enriching experiences that stimulate children’s senses and spark their curiosity to promote a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. At The Treehouse, we believe in what we do and the play-based philosophy we follow! 

Our Teaching Team

Our caring, compassionate, and nurturing teachers recognize the value of play. They are facilitators of learning, who believe in teaching the children how to think, not what to think. Our teachers facilitate play by providing appropriate indoor and outdoor play environments. Safety and age/developmental levels are carefully considered when designing activities. Play materials are related to our thematic instruction, along with the use of props, books, and different toys. Through daily observation of play, teachers can learn about children’s social interactions, cognitive and language abilities, motor skills, and emotional development.

Using these observations, our teachers can plan future experiences and curricula that match the needs of each individual child.

Our teachers inspire children by asking open-ended questions, prompting children to think out loud, and starting unstructured conversation. Children and teachers take turns talking and listening to each other, and so importantly, asking questions! Language and literacy experiences are designed to help prepare children to become fluent readers.

 

Our teachers have  a wide range of experience and education in Early Childhood Development, Education, Psychology, and Behavioral Studies. Our teachers complete at least 20 hours of continuing education each year and stay current on the Child Development latest research.  

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Come Grow With Us!

 

Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf Inspired

 

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