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Comfort, Play & Teach

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With Comfort, Play & Teach, the science of early childhood development is translated into activities and experiences that are practical, easy-to-understand and easy to do to help you support your child’s development. You’ll find these activities at every developmental stage.

Knowing your child’s typical skills and her emerging skills can help you provide appropriate experiences to enhance her development. And Comfort, Play & Teach™ is just the place to start.

Each child develops at their own pace, with some skills emerging early, and others appearing later. So delight in who your child is, and discover how you can have fun as you go through each stage of this amazing growth together. Parents are their child’s first teacher, and will benefit from discovering strategies for stimulating their child’s curiosity and eagerness to learn.  Parents will find that as their collaboration with educators and other care providers becomes stronger, so does their child’s enjoyment of exploring new experiences and possibilities for learning.  


Comfort, Play & Teach was developed to communicate what developmental science tells us about key strategies in parenting.

Comfort:  Parents provide comfort to their children through words, physical presence and touch. Comfort is more than relief from distress.  When it is provided with overall warmth, responsiveness and sensitivity to children’s wide-ranging interests and needs, it is strongly related to infants’ forming attachments to their parents and to toddlers’ willingness to accept parents’ guidance and requests.  

Play is the “work of children” and parents are an essential play “partner”  for their children.  When parents play with their children, they learn to explore and discover the world and their role in it.



Teach is how parents help their children learn, both intellectually and interpersonally. When parents teach their children, they learn communicate, solve problems and how to relate to others.   



Compelling research evidence consistently emphasizes that when parents comfort, play with and teach their children in a positive manner it enhances children’s development.  This report documents the major academic research specialties that lend credence to the importance of “comfort,” “play” and “teach” as a critical combination of parenting strategies.


Read more about The Science of Comfort, Play Teach

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The Latest CPT Resources


NEW! CPT - Bulletin Board Theme Kits

These Print Ready materials are designed to support you in your role with parents and young children. Family Resource and Childcare Centres are encouraged to use these print ready packages to create or supplement bulletin boards and displays for parents. Each theme kit is full of tips and activities to promote early mental health and development.

We'll be adding more topics as they are developed!

Comfort, Play & Teach Activity Programs


These useful guides provide activities, songs and play time suggestions to conduct a simple parent-child engagement program, to enhance a child care centre’s program plan, or to share with parents as information sheets.


Quick CPT downloads

Comfort Play and Teach resources are also available as reference for typical and emerging skills as well as wide range of great activities to include in a DSP.
Click the links below to get the

FULL SETS of CPT Resources
to print your own ready to go
CPT Resource Binders.


CPT Activities_Learning Areas
Full Set


CPT Activities_By Age Range
Full Set


CPT Ages & Stages Milestones
Full Set


CPT Summer Activity Guide
Full Set


CPT Activity Guide - Infants


CPT Activity Guide - Toddlers


CPT Activity Guide - Preschoolers



Individual Activities and specific CPT Ages & Stages are still available too.