Importance of Play
We believe that play is essential to optimal child development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. Play and the expression of ideas through interactions with adults, peers, and the environment is the primary business of children. Play has a central place in our program curriculum. Young children learn through play. It is through spontaneous, child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-facilitated play that children interact with and learn about their world. This emphasis on play is reflected throughout the program designs and activities.
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their social, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master. We believe play enables a child to develop skills, knowledge, and attitude to work effectively in our increasingly interdependent world. Children are our future leaders. As they master their world, play helps children develop global competency that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges, and more important, to understand and appreciate the diversity of societies and cultures.