Treetops Preschool & Extended schools Provision CIC is located next to the Village Hall at the top of Pool Hill in Bridestowe near Okehampton and sits on the edge of Dartmoor based in West Devon. The surrounding villages and local area feed the preschool with children but with our very good Ofsted report, great facilities and very experienced staff team we also have and welcome children and families from much further a field.
We are all very proud to be part of a great rural setting that was formed on an idea by the local vicar Chris
Hughes. In 1971 when the preschool was formed it was a new concept for a nursery nurse to look after young children
as it was expected that the 'seventies' mum would stay at home and look after the children until they reached
school age. The original preschool was located in Sourton village hall but in the late seventies it moved to
Bridestowe School. The preschool operated in the temporary classroom until September 2007.
Talks with the Bridestowe Village Hall Management Committee started to take place in late 2004 and we moved into the brand new premises on the village hall site in April 2008.Soon after moving in the decision was made to change the provisions name, several suggestions by parents were put to the vote and Treetops came out on top.
Treetops, up until the end of July 2017 was managed by a voluntary parent committee which worked closely with the
setting manager and staff team to ensure that Treetops ran smoothly and efficiently.
On 1st August 2017 Treetops became a Community Interest Company (CIC) - a not for profit, social enterprise. The setting is now run by a board of directors including a Setting Director that manages the business on a day to day basis. The ethos of Treetops remains the same:
"The Treetops ethos is to provide the best child care and learning opportunities for 2-5 year olds and challenging play opportunities for 2 -12 year olds"
In 2016 we redesigned our outside play area, laying wetpour and installing a shelter to enhance our "freeflow"
play ethos.We were also lucky enough at this time following parental fundraising to be able to purchase a bespoke
play boat "SS Friendship", something that all the children (and staff) enjoy very much.
The nautical theme was chosen by staff and parents to provide something in contrast to where we are situated and develop imaginative play. We held a super "Grand Opening" ceremony for the new play area whereby we were very lucky to have local author Michael Jecks come long with local councillors to officially open the area for us.
We look forward in 2020, to finishing our extension to the play area and developing the garden space around our current apple trees to grow more fruit and vegetables.