As I sit in the gentle winter sun and write this message to you, I’m reflecting on how rapidly the world is changing. Each day we’re faced with new challenges that require new solutions. Technology is one of those changes, and most of us have had to embrace it, willingly or not, over the past 10 years.
So too, must the formal education sector change their view on play-based early learning and toy libraries. We cannot sit back and wait for them to become enthusiastic about this learning pedagogy. We have to drive that change, and fuel their enthusiasm!
By rolling out Cotlands mobile toy libraries and early learning playgroups, and by training early childhood development facilitators and professionals; and hosting events like World Play Day and the International Toy Library Conference, we are being the change we want to see.
Thank you to our donors and sponsors for embracing the Cotlands way – and using play to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s world.
Dr Monica Stach