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Risky play and the outdoors


By Helen Little

Children thrive on risky play. They are naturally drawn to activities that challenge them and extend their skills. These days, unfortunately, children don’t have much access to outdoor play, and a general aversion to risk is limiting their engagement in experiences that take them out of their comfort zone.
Early learning settings are well placed to provide children with diverse opportunities for engagement in challenging physical play that invites them to take considered risks, and supports their learning and development.



This Everyday Learning Series title explores:
• the characteristics and benefits of risky play
• environments that encourage children’s positive risk-taking in play
• ways to manage children’s risk-taking in play
• how educators can help children gradually take responsibility for their own safety.

The book also outlines the benefits of risky play for children’s development and learning, and provides educators with knowledge and ideas about supporting children’s risky play while managing safety.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 x 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version