Treetops is a branch of Chapter One, which is a chain of nurseries within Scotland, England and Oman. Chapter One firmly believes in the benefits of outdoor learning and this is where Treetops’ inspiration comes from.
The children connect with nature, get the fresh air and exercise they need, develop their communication, imagination and thinking skills; build their confidence and resilience and, most importantly, have lots of fun.
The children take part in a huge variety of activities, such as building dens, making leaf pictures, creating fantasy worlds, cooking in mud kitchens, and caring for the environment, as well as having plenty of opportunity for free exploration of the woodland alongside experienced child-centered staff. The teaching staff are very well qualified, with a passion for outdoor learning, and understand how to cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage in an exciting hands-on way that children love.
The children meet in the morning at the main nursery building, dressed in their kit and with their bag. After enjoying a healthy breakfast, they make their way to the Treetops camp in the woods, where we ask the children what they would like to do today.
We know our camp very well as do the children and when we get there, the first thing we do is assess the camp using our child friendly benefit risk sheets. Once we know all is good, we start setting up the camp with the children. We put up a tarpaulin shelter if rain looks likely. The day is then a mixture of child-led exploration and play, coupled with Forest School activities. Adult interactions are sensitive, making sure the children are supported when necessary and empowered to direct their own learning and achieve their own goals. Around 11.30-12.00 we gather for our home-cooked lunch and enjoy a rest and reflection on our morning. We have pop up tents and hammocks for the children who would like to rest. In the afternoon we do lots of fun activities, or we may go exploring around the woods depending on the children’s choices, we enjoy a snack around 3.00 pm and then around 4.30 pm we make our way back to nursery.
Treetops Outdoor Nursery provides children with the opportunity to spend their nursery days in the natural environment, experiencing the seasons first hand and developing their innate curiosity and love of learning.
Extra Curricular Activities
The children take part in a huge variety of activities, such as building dens, making leaf pictures, creating fantasy worlds, cooking in mud kitchens, and caring for the environment, as well as having plenty of opportunity for free exploration of the woodland alongside experienced child-centred staff. The teaching staff are very well qualified, with a passion for outdoor learning, and understand how to cover all areas of the curriculum for excellence in an exciting hands-on way that children love.
All food and refreshment are home cooked onsite by our own chef and are included within the fees.
Breakfast - selection of cereals.
Morning snack - fresh fruit and milk.
Lunch - Daily fresh meals such as – healthy pasta dishes, rice dishes, mild chilli and paella followed by yoghurt, berries and purees.
Afternoon snack - comprising of sandwiches, veggie sticks and dips and fresh fruit.
We are open from 7.30am – 6.00pm Monday – Friday 51 weeks of the year only closing between Christmas and New Year and the following public holidays; New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May bank holiday, Spring bank holiday, Summer bank holiday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.