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HAFTR Playground

As you can see from the photos, the Early Childhood and Lower School playground is complete! Our HAFTR students look forward to their play time outside on our state-of-the-art facility.

 
Playgrounds are a vital part of childhood.  They help children develop physical strength, coordination and balance. They can also provide opportunities to learn and develop:
  • Social Skills – when they play with other children they learn to communicate, share, collaborate and empathize with others.
  • Imagination and creativity – outside play is often open-ended and children need to be creative about what and how games are played.
  • Thinking and problem solving skills – as children assess risks and tackle new challenges, they learn about having persistence, and perseverance and the success those attributes can bring.
  • Sense of self – as they master new skills and play with other children, they improve their competence and confidence in their
    own physical and social abilities.
  • Sense of connection – to place, to peers, and to their local community and environment.
  • Self care skills – managing physical and social challenges helps children to learn about keeping themselves safe.
 
Furthermore, young imaginations are also nurtured and matured as children spend time on the playground. At a young age, children are able to imagine fictional worlds and use the playground equipment as props for the scenario that they are picturing. Playgrounds also provide a location where numerous young friendships are started. As children share time on playground equipment, they build bonds that no other resource can match. 

While some may say that books are the foundation of knowledge, playgrounds are the foundations for so much more. Playgrounds help to provide children with a sanctuary where they are able to learn indispensable skills that will be instrumental in their lives.