The Serious Need for Play

The Serious Need for Play

Each day our directors and I receive an enewsletter called ExchangeEveryDay. In it child development and teacher training topics are highlighted. I found this issue discussing the value of play to be particularly interesting. Although we have talked often about the importance of play, this article from the Scientific American MIND (see link to “The Serious Need for Play”) cites many fascinating scientific studies that are convincing in showing that “free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional, and cognitive development.”

In our centers we see firsthand the enjoyment children experience when they are allowed to play freely both inside and outside. It’s wonderful to be able to provide these opportunities for children to become socially adept, develop language skills and acquire coping skills during their preschool years. We will continue to provide a balance between structured learning periods, active play periods, and self-initiated discovery periods in our daily programs.