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Play and risk

Play and risk

Keys Ideas Explored in This Chapter

  • the importance of the opportunity to take risks as part of learning and development
  • how increased ‘risk aversion’ translated into legislation, policy guidelines, attitudes and behaviour is impacting upon children's learning and development
  • some of the ways in which an ECEC professional can mitigate the negative impact of a risk-averse society.

Defining ‘risk’

The word ‘risk’ immediately leads us to think of hazard and danger, particularly in the physical sense. When we discuss the issue of risk in terms of young children, inevitably we focus on climbing trees and crossing roads but, in fact, risk taking is much broader than that and permeates every aspect of our lives no matter how hard we try to avoid it. ...

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