Growing through play

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    Parents of kids up to six-years-old are invited to come to the Recreation Centre down for the fifth annual National Child Play Day Nov. 24.
    “The Play Day is definitely an exciting fun event,” said Early Childhood Community Coordinator Suzan Jensen, “there’s a lot of noise and laughter and excitement going on in the room.”
    The event is held as part of National Child Day which is celebrated across Canada on Nov. 20 in recognition of Canada’s signing of the United Nations declaration of the rights of the child.
    Chestermere’s Play Day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is part of the Formative 5 Centre sponsored events. This year’s them is a child’s right to be safe.
    In addition to being a fun filled morning for kids, each of the booths set up at the event will have information on the programs and resources available in Chestermere and southeast Rocky View for parents.
    “We get to focus on children and we invite families to come out…and learn about the different community programs that are offered,” said Jensen.
    One of the goals of play day is to educate parents on and provide support for children’s development.
    In the region, Jensen said that one out of four kids are experiencing some trouble in at least one of the five developmental areas.
    “We know that kids are not getting to kindergarten at the optimal level of development,” she said.
    While their kids are playing, parents will have the chance to learn more about the developmental stages of their kids and what they can do as parents to help support that growth.
    Alongside children’s growth, Play Day has been growing and improving since its inception.
    There have been increases both in the number of vendors and attendees each year.