Melrose Day Care and Preschool has a play based philosophy - playing is learning/learning to play.  Our philosophy is based on research by Jean Piaget, who states that play meets the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social needs of children.  Play is the first way that children learn to make sense of the world at a young age.  It is, by far, the most defining characteristic of childhood and the most important aspect of childhood, as well.