Benefits of S.P.I.C.E

Your program will be the number one place families come for child development information.

Safari S.P.I.C.E. is the tool early childhood professionals use to enhance their practice.

Benefits for Children:

  • Child-centred, play based experiences created from Safari S.P.I.C.E. activities provide children with time to explore the world in their own unique way. This allows for greater learning as children are able to explore new concepts in the ways that make the most sense for them
  • Every activity supports growth across all five developmental domains Social, Physical, Interactive, Cognitive, and Emotional (S.P.I.C.E.) allowing children to develop the skills they need not just for school, but for life
  • Ease of planning and professional development support provided by Safari S.P.I.C.E. resources aids caregivers in spending more time positively engaging with the children in their care

Benefits for Families:

  • Focusing on holistic development of children, rather than solely academic, provides children and their families with the tools they need to enjoy a happier and more harmonious home life
  • Activities used during the day can be printed out and given to families to take home and use together. This provides them with ways to extend their child's growth as well as illustrating how what they already do at home supports their child's development
  • Demonstrates to families that they have entrusted their child to an environment that supports holistic early childhood development

Benefits for Communities:

  • Safari S.P.I.C.E. resources provide early childhood professionals with concrete strategies for connecting with community so community and early childhood programs can build relationship and better support each other
  • As early childhood professionals share their knowledge of child development with the families they serve, this information is distributed to create a community that is more supportive of children's and families needs
  • Supporting children's development across all five developmental domains creates happier children, happier families, and thus, happier communities

Benefits for Professionals:

  • Hundreds of activities in one library create ease of planning and equals more time working hands-on with the children in your care
  • Aligns with Alberta accreditation and the Early Development Instrument (EDI)
  • The Safari S.P.I.C.E. section of each activity provides an easy way to communicate to families and communities the validity and quality of the play-based programming you provide
  • The Growing with Safari S.P.I.C.E. section provides ideas for extending play and encouraging children to continue learning through the activities they enjoy the most
  • Practitioners can learn from other early childhood professionals as they share their activities and experiences in the activity library