The Infant and Child Development Program at Bethany Hope Centre celebrates the importance of play in a child’s life. Play paves the way for learning. In play, children learn by combining their ideas with experience. They create ideas about their world and share them with one another. Play allows children to understand what they are experiencing and discover the joy of friendship. When play is self directed, it leads to feelings of self confidence. Play nourishes every aspect of a child’s development. It is the foundation of the skills necessary for success in school and in life.