The daycare and preschool classes of Sacred Heart Elementary in and around their new indoor tree house. (Photo by Patrick Davies)

New indoor treehouse delights Sacred Heart Preschoolers

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s preschool and daycare program happy to have a new indoor treehouse.

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s preschool and daycare program is happy to have a new indoor treehouse.

Tina Webber, the manager and teacher of the preschool and daycare at Sacred Heart Elementary, said the new treehouse was part of a remodelling of the classroom.

According to Webber, they wanted to give the room a calmer, nature-based feel for the children.

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“With the décor and the painting we decided that it’d be a great idea to try and put in a tree fort,” Webber said.

“All children love the magic of a tree fort where we can go and hide you know and just play pretend, relax and just make friendships while spending time together.”

The tree fort was constructed by one of the preschool staff’s husbands, Brad Brown-John and a friend.

The plywood to build the fort came from Windsor Plywood courtesy of Daryle Halfnights, something Webber is extremely grateful for.

Her class feels the same way, as Webber said they’ve embraced it wholeheartedly. Considering not every pre-school or daycare has a resource like this in-house, Webber said it’s allowed her to bring certain activities indoors she wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

“It’s a win-win really.”

Webber is firm however in enforcing rules about how many can be on the treehouse at any one time and she uses an open and a closed sign to deter use for certain parts of the day.

The kids seem to enjoy using the tree house for more quiet activities, however, using it to relax and socialize after an exciting activity.

“Usually days can be so busy with so much noise, so just having that time to relax and just hang out (is good for them),” Webber concluded.

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