Training & Resources in Early Education

TREE is a non-profit organisation that specialises in Early Childhood Development, resource and training.

Our Vision

“TREE’s vision is to ensure that
young children develop to their full potential 

in line with their rights and needs”

Why Tree

access to care and education

International research from scientific studies informs us that 90% of brain growth and development takes place before the age of 5.

Thus, early childhood is the most critical period of growth and development in a person’s life! HOWEVER…

  • There are roughly 5 million children below 5 in S.A. today. Of these, 2.3 million are affected by abject poverty, while 6% of them have special needs.
  • Due to high levels of HIV and AIDS, many parents have died leaving orphans.
  • Almost 21% of children under 5 are stunted through malnutrition and many die unnecessarily from preventable diseases.
  • LESS THAN 16% have access to ANY FORM of ECD intervention.
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What Is ECD

Early child development

ECD services promote or support the development of young children. These range from infrastructural provision such as:

  • Water and sanitation
  • Social security
  • Birth registration
  • Health services
  • Safe and affordable day-care
  • Opportunities for children to learn together in structured programmes Preparation for formal schooling.
Holistic Approach

OUR MISSION

Tree’s mission is to promote quality holistic Early Childhood Development and care for children ages 0-4 years.

  • The creation of an Early Childhood Development Enabling Environment.
  • Capacity building focusing on quality education and training programmes for those responsible for the care of children.
  • The provision of and increasing the access to appropriate ECD resources.
  • The promotion of sustainable programmes.
  • Lobbying, advocacy and establishing partnerships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Continuous monitoring, evaluation and reflexive review.

OUR VALUES

Tree’s Values statement guides the organisation on it’s daily business.

  • Respect for beneficiaries, colleagues and stakeholders at all times.
  • Respect for diversity and culture.
  • Think, act, speak and live positively.
  • Practicing Human Rights and Values.
  • Upholding integrity through professional commitment, conduct and accountability.
  • Valuing and promoting co-operation and teamwork.
  • Commitment to the well-being and development of staff.
Holistic Approach
What We Do

Training & Education

The TREE training programme seeks to develop and empower fledging, under-resourced, marginalised ECD sited develop into sustainable, quality early childhood education.

courses
  • Accredited ECD Qualification at NQF Level 4
  • Accredited Short Courses
  • Skills training programmes on a foundational (Basic, Orientation and CPW) and enrichment programmes (WASH, SGHC, CIMCI, RHT, Positive Living)
  • One of TREE’s Essential Package components is ‘The Parenting Programme.’

INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES

As per the recommendations from the CRC; TREE’s Programmes are designed to meet all the development needs For Children, giving them the best start in life.

Programme Streams
  • Home Based Care
  • Structured Play Groups
  • Toy Libraries
  • Community Development

TREE INTEGRATED PROGRAMMING

IMPROVING PRACTITIONER DEVELOPMENT AND CAPACITY
  • Accredited ECD Qualification at NQF Level 4
  • Skills training programmes on a foundational (Basic, Orientation and CPW) and enrichment programmes (WASH, SGHC, CIMCI, RHT, Positive Living)
  • Support, monitoring and assessment visits to practitioners in their ECD sites.
IMPROVING RESOURCE AND INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY
  • Resource support – producing and packaging educational and culturally appropriate toys (in line with developmental areas), equipment, and printed resource materials
  • Skills training on Applied Paper Technology – producing educational equipment from waste and other materials.
  • Skills training on Committee skills (governing body), MSSECD (supervisors), Parenting (Parents, Caregivers, Practitioners)
NETWORKING AND ADVOCACY
  • 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. ECD Forums, Dept of Education and Social Development.
  • Advocating for the rights of young children in all possible forums.
TREE’S INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES

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Our Impact So Far
749
PRIMARY CAREGIVERS REACHED

Though the Home Visiting and Structured Playgroups Programmes.

1424
Practitioners
trained

In 2014, TREE trained 1.424 ECD Practitioners and 62 community facilitators. 

1907
children reached by Toy Library

Our community Toy Library Programme reached a cumulative total of 1907 children, providing play 9332 times.

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8th toy library opened soon in Mpumalanga province

TREE opened the 5th Toy Library and Community Development Centre in the Eastern Cape.

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“6 bricks”
lego programme

TREE won a proposal to work with The Lego Foundation.

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 On skilled Toy Making
Trainers

Our experienced and skilled Toy Makers produce a wide range of handmade, wooden toys.

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Celebrating
over 30 years

In 2014, TREE turned 30 years!

1400
over 1400 ECD sites supported

The TREE training program seeks to develop and empower fledging, under-resourced ECD sites develop into sustainable, quality centers.

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CELEBRATING

32-years
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