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Article: Outdoor Preschools Bring Affordable Education to Parks  

Preschool settings are shifting from indoor classrooms to outside at local parks. The open-air setting increases children's engagement in nature and also provides parents with an affordable preschool alternative. Run by city park departments, privately, and by organizations such as Tiny Trees, outdoor preschools provide a new experience for children to progress in education as well as advocate for healthy lifestyles.

Read more about this new wave of outdoor schooling from the article Outdoor Preschools Bring Affordable Education to Parks!

Play! by Crozier offers outdoor play equipment for the little ones to encourage imagination, creativity and social and cognitive development. See our full line HERE!

SOURCE: SHARABLE article by Cat Johnson.

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Child Care Centres: Don't Delay! Apply to the Daycare Grant Now!

Back by popular demand, Play! by Crozier is once again offering the Play! Daycare Grant to child care centres in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes looking to promote active play by creating fun and interactive play areas.

On now until May 29th, the Play! Daycare Grant is set to distribute up to $500,000 in grant dollars to chosen applicants!

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Respected play authorities pen 'Words On Play' to raise awareness on value of play

Albert Einstein once said, “play is the highest form of research.”

It seems the great physicist/philosopher was correct. Research shows that the simple act of playing offers numerous benefits for children, families and communities alike. Children are at their highest level of development when they are playing; making play an essential part of their growth and overall happiness.

Knowing how critical play is for healthy physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, PlayCore, whose mission is to advance play through research, programs and partnerships, is promoting the value of play through the Words On Play Guidebook.

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Does your playground meet the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design?

“Beyond disability, there are abilities; beyond accessibility, there is inclusion.” - Keith Christensen, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Studies show that youth with physical disabilities have a 4.5 times higher rate of physical inactivity compared to their peers. This statistic, combined with the U.S. Department of Education’s findings that 85 out of 1,000 children between the ages of 3 and 21 are living with one of the following disabilities: Physical, sensory, multiple disabilities, chronic health impairment, social/emotional, communication, cognitive; goes to show the importance of providing inclusive play.

Snug Play helps children come together, leave their comfort zones, learn about each other, recognize their similarities and differences, meet physical and social challenges, and evolve as they play together.

Watch the videos and see how Snug Play has revolutionized the way children can play anywhere with no required safety zones!:

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Child Care Centres: Up to $500,000 available in grants until September 30th

The opportunity for active play — especially outdoors, is an essential element of any child care centre. Having fun while learning in a safe play area just got easier thanks to the Play! Grant Program, which offers up to $500,000 in grants to child care centres in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes. 

On now until September 30th, Play! by Crozier, a leader in playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities, will match up to 33% on every dollar of your allotted playground budget to ensure you get the perfect play space for your child care centre. The increased funds can then be used towards the purchase of Play!’s fun and inclusive play products.