What is happening to Play?
Free, spontaneous and self-initiated play was once the norm for young children and seen as a measure of healthy growth and development. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Today, parents are being pressured to replace simple, fun play activities and experiences with adult-directed games and academic instruction.
Today the meaning and value of play has changed: sadly, play is often looked upon as frivolous and simply a waste of time.
Now there seems to be a burden of pressure on children and parents in so many areas. It seems you are not really 'educating' your child if they are not enrolled in all sorts of sports, dance, swimming, and other various academic and skill-based activities. We seem to be in such a hurry to push them into so many different classes, even before they start school, and we have forgotten to let them do what they are supposed to be doing.
The work of a child is to PLAY!
And remember, behind every great kid is a Mum and/or Dad who is pretty sure they're screwing it all up! We all know that children don't come with an instruction manual!
Let's remember the fun times we had as young children, exploring our environments, making cubbies, trying to catch butterflies, rolling down grassy hills and climbing trees.
At TG's Child Care we provide natural playground environments that encourage children to be creative and explore, experiment and discover, always supported and nurtured by our team of qualified educators. We allow children to have a play-based, fun and educational experience.
Our mission statement says it all: Playing is learning for life!