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Giving young children freedom to move is a concept we embrace. Play involves movement and if they cannot move freely, they cannot fully engage in play. Movement, from the first months of life is important for brain development. It is also important for cognitive development. Physical movement with young children is about learning—not just to use the body, but to use the brain as well.

The terms “Free Play and Exploration” we define as undirected but monitored activity play when children have choices to pursue their special interests without continual caregiver control or expected outcomes. Letting free play and exploration remain free is difficult for some adults once they recognize how important activity is for young children. Adults often want to set up specific adult-created activities with objectives and plans for a controlled outcome. We urge those adults who want to create activities and objectives and lesson plans to appreciate what children gain from free play by observing them. You will see that given a safe, developmentally appropriate, and a rich environment, they create their own objectives and lessons, which are far more effective that those you set up in advance.

Our curriculum content considers age-appropriateness in all developmental areas of social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical…..with emphasis on promoting friendships and increasing feelings of self-worth.

All children have strengths as well as needs. Our common goal is the development of skills, attitudes, and behaviour that will allow children to deal effectively with the world in which they live.

 

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