January 15th, 2021

Importance of childhood play today’s SACPA topic

By Lethbridge Herald on February 13, 2020.

Herald file photo by Greg Bobinec - Cvetko Jackson builds crafts at one of the many stations at the Lethbridge College, for the Lethbridge Play Charter signing, where community partners offer resources for kids in Lethbridge.

Lethbridge Herald
By creating awareness of the importance of the early years in children’s development, communities can help create and implement an action plan specific to enhancing healthy childhood development.
Today, during the regular weekly SACPA session, at noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, speaker Vicki Hazelwood will present “The Importance of Play: Are Children Getting Enough Playtime?”
Hazelwood is a co-ordinator of Lethbridge Early Years Coalition (LEYC). She also works as co-ordinator for Building Brains Together, which is a “play project” out of the department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge.
The importance of play in childhood development is what brought Lethbridge Early Years Coalition to lead the development of the Lethbridge Play Charter for all children up to age 18. The play charter was adopted by the City of Lethbridge as a unifying document influencing planning, policy and decision making in our community.
The speaker will present on why play is essential for healthy human development, explore some of the reasons why play has changed and how we as a community can work together to prioritize play.

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