Play, Not Academics Critical in Early Childhood


Play-based learning at Seacoast Waldorf School

In a recent BBC News article, Social skills 'key to good start at school', a UK-based childcare group highlights results of a survey of over 2,000 UK childcare providers, teachers and parents. The finding: formalizing learning early could hamper success. "Our research shows that teachers and childcare professionals are concerned that the importance of play and how it supports children to be confident, communicative, sociable and curious individuals is being lost." At Seacoast Waldorf School, play is a critical component of our early childhood programs. Children learn not to look to the adult authorities around them for their next task,  but instead learn to self-initiate and create activities from and with the materials, tasks and people around them. They learn early on to become self-sufficient, to make decisions, solve problems and get along with others. Check out this 12-minute video Prescription for Play featuring Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of ‘Building Resilience in Children and Teens’, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Together they advocate for the importance of play in reducing the rising levels of stress, anxiety and obesity-related health by investing in time for free and outdoor play. To see play in action, visit the Seacoast Waldorf School. Tomorrow, October 2nd,from 2:30-3:15 we will be hosting an Early Childhood Information Session. Come learn about our nursery, preschool, pre-K and kindergarten programs. Call 207-439-7911 for details.