Posted on 2nd July, 2012 by Admin
Kids love to play. As adults, we tend to think we need to spend our time on “more important things”. However it has become crystal clear that play, while innocent, carefree and without agenda, is a crucial building block for learning, academic success, emotional stability and much more. Early childhood education across the board recognises the importance of play. The recent Australian National Early Years Learning Framework utilises ‘learning through play’ as key in achieving the framework fundamentals of being, belonging and becoming: “Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine …Play provides a supportive environment … play can promote positive dispositions towards learning … play enables them to simply enjoy being.”2.
There is plenty of concern lately about the detrimental results on society due to a generation of children raised to live indoors, in the company of computer, playstation etc. “Children are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would make them top of any conservationist’s list of endangered species if they were any other member of the animal kingdom. Contact with nature maybe as important to children as good nutrition and adequate sleep.” 4. This is one of the reasons for the simple, yet crucial, purpose and approach of Smallsports – We want kids to love sport. We want children to have healthy development in every aspect of their lives and pride ourselves on providing a program that is physically, socially and cognitively stimulating.
President of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play and professor at Hofstra University, Dr. Rhonda Clements, says, “It is important to maintain a healthy sense of play throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our complex society requires clear thinkers, playful attitudes, humor and creativity for complex problem solving.” 5. Evidence continues to mount about the value of play on individuals in every area of their lives, and therefore on society at every level.
So, in short, Let’s Play!!!
3. Childcare Information Exchange–www.childcareexchange.com. April 2006