Alli and Jessi grew up going to a home daycare on Mercer Island and always dreamed of creating a similar environment for children to thrive in. At The Growing Tree, we strive to be a "home away from home" for you and your child. A licensed home daycare is a unique alternative to a larger center. Every home daycare is a little bit different. The Growing Tree is a mix between a childcare center and having a nanny at your house!
There are many benefits to choosing a home daycare. The Growing Tree has a 1 to 4 teacher to child ratio and a maximum of 12 children at a time. Children are not separated by age, little ones as young as 6 weeks are in the same room as children up to 5 years old. These interactions between the mixed ages are so important for their physical, social, and emotional development. Alli, Jessi, and Brooke work closely with the parents to individualize care for each child and communicate throughout the day.
One of the biggest benefits to a home daycare is that children are with the same teachers and group of children throughout their childhood. Many children start at Growing Tree as infants and are with us up until kindergarten! Building lasting relationships with families, even once children out grow Growing Tree, is very important to us.
We believe it is important for children to be around animals. It teaches them compassion, respect, and how to be gentle with small animals. Alli has a Dachshund, Jessi has two Chihuahua's, and Brooke brings her Boston Terrier to work!
Learning how to gently handle small dogs helps prepare the children for our tiny chicks and ducklings, which we hatch in the spring!
We have developed a seasonal play-based curriculum that encompasses literacy, art, music, mathematics, science, sensory integration, dramatic play, and small group activities. Learning through play promotes a life-long love for learning. Each unit has flexibility to be stretched over a few months, or a few days depending on the interest level of the children. Specialists visit throughout each unit to enhance the learning experience, as well as weekend field trips 3 times a year.