"Play is the work of the child"
It's not "just play"
Play is an essential part of early learning. It is the lifeblood of the learning process. As children play they are developing the cognitive, social-emotional and physical skills they will need to take them into a successful adulthood. They are developing their curiosity, problem solving, intentionality, flexibility, and verbal & non-verbal skills.
Our goal is for each child is (but not limited to):
- To have a positive self-image and to acknowledge, express and accept a range of feelings.
- To become increasingly more independent within the context of warm, nurturing, and accepting relationships with adults.
- To be alert and curious, to use initiative, to have confidence in his/her abilities, and to speak his/her mind with conviction.
- To respect the feelings and rights of others and begin to cooperate with peers.
They are developing their emotional intelligence - learning confidence, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, empathy, and how to communicate appropriately.
Physically their fine motor and gross motor skills
are being practiced and developed.
It's not "just play" they are skills for life!