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Tree Top Toddlers, Sport Through Stories launches at Nursery World Show

The Tree Top Toddlers Sport Through Stories programme launches at the Nursery World Show this week. The programme is a concept born from children’s love of story time. It was created by three brothers, all experienced tennis coaches, who saw the huge importance and lifestyle benefits of starting children playing sport as early as possible. They use a series of stories, as a platform to engage and teach children the fundamental sporting actions they will need for a healthy lifestyle as they grow older.

The sport through stories books are designed to be read and enjoyed but with core sporting actions at the heart of the experience. The stories will capture children’s imagination as well as taking them on a journey through the year, building physical and social attributes that will be transferable to any sport as they grow older.

Nurseries have expressed their love for the product and have seen it is a cost-effective way to bring more sport into their nursery. Many nurseries are accustomed to hiring outside companies and individuals to lead sessions, with the Tree Top Toddlers licence nurseries staff gain training to run the lessons. The lessons can, therefore, be run as often as they like.

‘Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely.’*

With terrifying statistics such as these they turned their attention to developing a sports programme through stories, introducing children to the main character Alfie, who they help in each story on his adventure. The premise of each story is that the nursery staff lead the children through the adventure and on every page there are sporting actions that will be needed to help Alfie in his adventure. With over forty years coaching experience gained within the tennis and sports industry, their dream has become a reality and the passion that has gone into creating the Tree Top Toddlers programme will lead to children having a healthier lifestyle as they grow older.

The books are designed to be read and enjoyed but with core sporting actions at the heart of the experience. The stories will capture children’s imagination as well as taking them on a journey, building physical and social attributes that will be transferable to any sport as they grow older.

Tree Top Toddlers boasts huge benefits through integrating the programme into nurseries and up to year 1 in Primary Schools. The Tree Top Toddlers programme has been engineered with the key objective to help schools and nurseries achieve higher Ofsted and EYFS ratings. The foundation of the programme is built upon helping:
  • Physical and Cognitive Development
  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Colours
  • Numbers
  • Literacy
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Hand and Foot-eye Coordination
  • Social Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Problem Solving
‘There is strong evidence that regular physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits for children.’*

Tree Top Toddlers provides story time with a difference. Children learn best when they are having fun and children between 2 - 6 years old have the most fun during story time. The programme has been engineered for schools to gain a new resource to tick Ofsted and EYFS boxes. It has been credited for its simplicity with each lesson lasting 45 minutes; the lessons are easy to set up and run. There are complete lessons plans for every session with progressions. The staff do not need to be ex-Olympic athletes or even have a sporting background, all of the training is included. This gives the nursery team ownership over the 2-year programme for them to deliver the programme for their children’s individual needs.

There are 2 songs that can be played before the lessons to get the children warmed up. The lessons can be run multiple times in a week. There are guidance videos for every story to guide you through the lesson plans. They contain progressions and activities for different weeks in the month, as well as teaching points for your staff to teach the actions more effectively. On the reverse side of every page in the books, there are tutor notes, highlighting what is being worked on and notes on how to set up and run the activities. Nursery staff will have all the advantages of a structured programme with the flexibility they need to integrate the sessions into the nursery day.

Please click on the link below and scroll down to watch the promotion video to give a greater understanding of the Tree Top Toddlers programme::

 “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Tree Top Toddlers! The children quickly fell in love with Alfie, the main character of the stories, and they looked forward to each new book. The exercises within the books are purposeful and fun, and the strong links to the EYFS make Tree Top Toddlers an excellent tool in leading children through their physical development goals. The songs add another dimension to the learning experience and the children were very quick to pick them up. The nursery team have found it easy to build Tree Top Toddlers into the daily routine, and like the fact that it's their programme to follow, enabling them to home in on the skills that they know their individual key children need to develop. This is a great addition to our nursery day and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Tree Top Toddlers to other settings.”

Kayti Curtis – Director, Daisy Chain Nurseries

Sport and exercise is a key part of children’s lives, the Tree Top Toddlers team would like to invite you to start that journey with them through Alfie, the gorilla’s stories. The initial licence fee is £300 and the monthly subscription is £35 per month. Email one of the directors via the contact details below to start the journey.

* Reference:

* Health and Social Care Information Centre (2015) Health Survey for England 2014

* A child’s BMI is based on ‘weight for height’ defined as weight in kilograms divided by the height in metres squared (kg/m2). To take into account growth patterns by age and gender, a children’s BMI is compared with BMI centiles on published growth charts. Children with a BMI above the 98th centile are considered clinically obese. For population monitoring, those above the 95th centile are classed as obese.