Early Childhood Education is the most foundational step in the development of children and sets the course for the rest of their educational journey. Over 80% of neural connections are formed during the first five years of a child's life and play is an important part of that process.
What is the importance of play in child development?
--Play is a child's work
--Play is needed for healthy development. Play helps stimulate the brain through the formation of connections between nerve cells.
--Play aids in the development of fine and gross motor skills. An example of fine motor skills is holding a pencil and gross motor skills are running, jumping, etc.
--Play helps develop language and socialization skills. In play, children learn to communicate, express their emotions and to play and share together.
--Play encourages self-esteem development and builds confidence as children learn to master skills.
--Children gain knowledge through their play. They learn to think, remember, and solve problems. Play gives children the opportunity to test their beliefs about the world.
-- Play increases problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills.
--Children gain an understanding of shape, size, and texture through play. Children's learning in the early years is kinesthetic--they learn by doing!
--Play encourages creativity and helps children develop their own imaginations.
--Play gives children the opportunity to practice decision-making skills.
--Active play lowers obesity rates and leads to healthier, happier children.
--Play is FUN
We recognize the importance of play and we do it, often. Play encourages a child's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and is crucial to development. Find a way to play with your child today.