Free Play is a tool for developing a child as a whole. With all of the structured activities and busy schedules, some children are left without any real time to just play. There are many factors that have led to a decrease in free play time including a greater emphasis on academic preparation, more electronic screen time, and limited access to outdoor play spaces. When choosing childcare look for those that include unstructured playtime and playful learning, where children take the lead and follow their own curiosity. Experts say that free play is extremely important for a child's development because it:
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