How can you create opportunities for learning and playing outdoors?

This book offers a range of chapters on key topics, including:

why outdoor play is important for young children; how to make sure your children play outdoors as much as indoors; how play can help young children develop a sense of well-being; child-led play experiences; the role of adults outdoors; ensuring outdoor provision for children with additional needs; how to provide rich outdoor environments; challenge, risk and safety outdoors

This is an inspirational and exciting read, that all early years professionals will enjoy and find immensely useful.

Achieving the Balance: Challenge, Risk and Safety

Achieving the Balance: Challenge, Risk and Safety

Achieving the balance: Challenge, risk and safety

This Chapter Explores

  • Evidence of the value of risk and challenge in play outdoors
  • Implications for practice
  • Critical reflection on attitudes to risk-taking and adventurous play outdoors

Value: Young children need challenge and risk within a framework of security and safety. The outdoor environment lends itself to offering challenge, helping children to learn how to be safe and to be aware of others.

Watch young children playing outdoors and they seem drawn to activities such as climbing high, sliding fast, swinging, rolling, balancing and hanging upside down. Outdoors offers rich potential for such challenging play as it provides the space, freedom and opportunity to explore limits. Yet research (Tovey, 2010) suggests that while some practitioners support and ...

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