Willkommen Parents!

The first five years matter and last a lifetime

Spiel und Spass Academy is a warm home away from home.

What better way to take the first steps away from home than into a nurturing, fun, art-filled, and bully-free community?

Modern neuroscience confirms that the first five developmental years of a child truly last a lifetime – children’s well-being, good nutrition, and exercise are critical to optimal brain development and learning.

Over 90% of a child’s brain develops during those sensitive first five years of life. The US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development concluded that parenting is the primary influence on children’s development.

At Spiel und Spass Academy we are fully aware of the importance of optimal brain development and therefore fill every day with warmth and laughter, nurturing organic meals, neuro-developmental exercises and an ecology, play and art-based curriculum for the building of meaningful connections to ourselves and others.

We nourish your precious two to five year old people in a reliable, cozy residential setting in balance with structure and free-play.

The Spiel und Spass Academy provides an excellent foundation for your child’s life.

Parenting classes and support is offered at www.handinhandparenting.org – Families utilizing these parenting methods and German speakers receive priority placement at SUSA.

Please read more about the importance of a distinct parental involvement:

Neuroscience and Early Childhood Development

From the PDF:

• Neuroscience (the scientific study of the nervous system) provides compelling evidence that early experiences impact on brain development, and can have a long-term effect on well-being (this includes physical and mental health, learning and behavior).

• The first three years are the period of the most rapid growth during which there are specific sensitive periods for optimal learning in particular areas. A large proportion of human brain development takes place after birth as a result of interactions with the environment – the impact of early experience has a greater influence on development than heredity.

• Early experiences either enhance or diminish innate potential, laying either a strong or a fragile platform on which all further development and learning of the person, the body and the mind is built. The longer children spend in adverse environments, the more pervasive and resistant to recovery are the effects.