“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”
– Dr. Seuss
Founded in 2007, Directors Shelley Flood and Jane Ashford are moms in the neighbourhood and understand the need for quality education and childcare. They are delighted to provide a happy place where children can safely grow, explore and discover their full potential! Your child has an incredible capacity for learning and a natural curiosity of their ever-expanding world. Purple Tree nurtures this energy by providing support and guidance in a licensed, safe and positive environment to enable your child to maximize their potential.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you."
– Dr. Seuss
At Purple Tree, we believe children grow and thrive when they feel a sense of Well-Being, Belonging, Expression and Engagement. These foundational conditions are seeded and nurtured through the ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today) based program and environment we provide at Purple Tree.
Engagement is achieved by offering opportunities for children to explore and learn via their natural curiosity and enthusiasm for the world around them. Through inquiry-based activities, children develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and innovating, which are essential for leaning and success in school and beyond. Domains of development include cognitive (math/science/music), communication (literacy / language / communication) and emotional, physical, and social.
At Purple Tree, children express themselves through many forms. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, we support their growing communication skills. Expression is important for building literacy and also for advancing social skills and developing meaningful relationships and friendships.
Well-being is fostered through physical and mental health and wellness. Mental wellness incorporates capacities such as self-care, sense of self, and self-regulation as well as feeling connected, respected, worthy and safe. We create a warm and supportive atmosphere to nurture mental wellness, which is critical for building confidence and a sense of belonging. This positive platform encourages children to try new things, ask more questions, and take more risks.
Physical wellness is supported with many opportunities to play and explore outdoors. Our diverse range of physical activities include Purple Tree’s own playground, our extensive front garden, local excursions to parks, libraries, shops, and Maurice Cody’s large schoolyard. Physical wellness is also delivered via healthy and balanced snacks and lunches.
A sense of belonging and connectedness is essential for feeling valued and for forming strong relationships.
Purple Tree is a unique, neighbourhood-based centre, where the sense of community is very strong. We embrace all cultures and celebrate a diverse range of traditions. Children and families develop wonderful friendships that often continue long beyond Purple Tree.
“The more that you read. The more things you will know. The more that you learn. The more places you’ll go."
– Dr. Seuss
Utilizing the ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today) framework supported by The Ministry of Education, Purple Tree develops weekly inquiry based programming to embed learning in play. Social, language, cognitive, creative and physical development is supported through small group based activities, individual exploration and co-operative exercises.