Training & Resources in Early Education (TREE)

-Training & Resources in Early Education (TREE) is a non-profit organization which provides training and resources for ECD service providers with a focus on supporting families and children from birth through age four.Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Challenges

Since many practitioners lack formal training and may not be fully comfortable learning in English, they may have difficulty understanding the extensive training material and later applying it in their programs the language of instruction for training courses.

Although TREE trainers guide practitioners to use the resources that they have to support children and their learning, in reality, practitioners are constrained by their environment. An example of this tension is that play and developmentally appropriate activities often require ample physical space for children to spread out, yet this is often not available.

Although TREE has been effective in disseminating knowledge to practitioners around integrating playful learning in practice, the organization is limited by existing attitudes around the value of playful learning.

Success Factors

TREE engages a broad range of practitioners, targeting them at their ability level and supporting them to facilitate ECD programs with playful learning approaches. For example, TREE offers bridging courses for practitioners who lack formal education prior to their entry into accredited training programs. 

TREE provides practical guidance to support practitioners’ use of playful learning. For example, TREE trainers encourage practitioners to organize their classrooms according to different themes to encourage different types of play. Practitioners receive other practical lessons including developing their own toys from locally available resources and developing lesson plans.

TREE-supported toy libraries increase opportunities for play among communities, allowing practitioners, caregivers, and community members to borrow educational toys for supporting play activities in various environments.

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