Developing friendships in preschool can be a hard experience for young children. Play has unwritten social rules making it difficult for some children to interact with peers or learn how to enter play with friends. It is important to support young children by helping them negotiate the early peer environment and supporting their own personality and temperament.
Play is the cornerstone of development in children as they learn about themselves and the world around them. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right to every child.
Play offers ideal opportunities for children to develop as a whole child by strengthening their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills. Play also allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and a love for learning and exploring.
Rainbow Child Care teachers work to foster friendships by providing children with experiences designed to support developing relationships with peers while promoting independence, confidence and the desire to discover. Our teachers build friendships by modeling respectful relationships, discussing and reading books about friendship, providing opportunities for children to work together and teaching problem-solving skills such as conflict resolution.