There is a sense that in this ultra-competitive new world, we have to make sure our children try and excel at everything. This attitude has trickled down into the early years and now preschool, toddler and even infant teachers are feeling pressured to "teach" these very young children to ensure that they are “prepared” for kindergarten and the rest of their school careers. What we often forget is that children learn a lot through play, so we lay emphasis on the importance of play. Young children especially need unstructured play time to develop in a healthy way.
Through child-centered play time children learn all sorts of skills from social interactions to problem solving and even important academic concepts like math, science and language skills.