TREE, Training and Resources in Early Education, established in 1984, a non-profit, Early Childhood Development (ECD) Resource and Training Organisation, has worked towards a vision of assisting adults (mostly women) from disadvantaged communities, to provide their young children with access to qualified ECD programs, that promote the child’s holistic development, support, health and welfare.
TREE believes that all children should have access to quality, sustainable early childhood development so that they can develop to their full educational and personal potential.
TREE’s Vision is to see a nation that values and affirms young children and provides them with opportunities to develop to their full potential, in line with their developmental rights and needs.
TREE’s mission is to promote and support quality, sustainable, holistic ECD for children from birth to age 4, in marginalised communities, by providing access to quality training in ECD for Adults, who impact on the lives of young children, and access to a range of resources for ECD.
TREE achieves this through:
- Formal, in-service, participatory ECD Core and Elective training courses at NQF (National Qualifications Framework) Level 4 accredited by SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) through the ETDP SETA (Education, Training & Development Practices, Sector Education & Training Authority).
- Support, monitoring and assessment visits to practitioners (pre-school teachers) in their ECD sites (pre-school/crèche) on a regular basis.
- ECD enrichment programmes that will improve services to young children.
- Working in communities with parents, caregivers, community members and organisations that impact on the lives of young children.
- Producing and selling educational toys, equipment and printed resource materials to sustain TREE’s programmes.
- Teaching and assisting people to develop skills to make educational toys and equipment from waste and other materials.
- Indirectly providing opportunities and linkages for women’s empowerment, income generation and community development.
- Networking, partnerships and cooperation with government departments at local, provincial and national levels, as well as other stakeholders, on all issues that affect young children.
- Advocating for the rights of young children at local, provincial, national and international forums.