If you walk into any SmartStart programme, you are likely to see one of three things:
1) Children interacting with toys and objects
2) Children listening to a story
3) Children playing with their friends
On the surface, the children don’t seem to be doing anything too groundbreaking – do they? However, during each of these activities, children are in fact developing complex cognitive and character skills, which are preparing them to become productive and successful adults.
Let’s consider a three-year-old child building a puzzle with a friend. They are each taking turns to complete the puzzle, break it down and build it up again.
What to us might look like a simple (and very repetitive) game, is actually helping...