I am actively involved in the shows that we air right from the get-go. In the early stages, I help shape the educational mandate of a show - be it to instill emotional intelligence in children, help them develop literacy or numeracy skills, enhance their physical development, or help them learn to get along with others. Each area of development is key to how children grow, and we feel strongly at Kids' CBC that we can and should play a positive and meaningful role in that development. During the script stage, I ensure that all the elements - story, dialogue, characters, setting, etc.- are specifically geared to the age of our audience, so that young children understand what they're watching, and are given opportunities to get actively involved in the problem solving and learning that our shows promote. Then come the visual components of a show, including animation style, character designs, pacing, angles of shots, etc. Each of these elements is carefully constructed and tweaked to ensure that children are genuinely engaged and can easily follow along. Even the music that accompanies a show is thoughtfully created and applied. We know that young children need both visual and auditory cues to help them process information effectively, and we make sure that both work together to give young viewers the best chance possible to benefit from the quality programming that they're watching.
A lot goes into the creation of a show - and at each stage of production, the driving force behind each and every decision we make is the developmental make-up of our preschool audience. All of us at Kids' CBC are passionate about what we do. We genuinely care about the well-being of Canada's youngest citizens, and we couldn't be more excited about making shows that contribute to their healthy development.
Dr. Lynn Oldersaw, Developmental Psychologist, CBC Children's & Youth Programming.