Embracing Risky Play to Enhance Child Development
Evidence shows that risky play improves child wellbeing and development; so when planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits. This event will provide you with the information and tools you will need to take a balanced approach to providing risky play opportunities in your children’s services.
Why create opportunities for risky play?
'The Care Inspectorate supports care service providers taking a positive approach to risk in order to achieve the best outcomes for children.'
The Care Inspectorate Position Statement on Risk in Play
Embracing a risk-benefit approach is part of the Care Inspectorate’s changing regulatory culture. This shift recognises the benefits of risky play which have been evidenced through a range of studies and include helping children:
- develop mentally, physically and socially
- solve problems
- develop independence and their own confidence, learning their own capabilities
- keep healthy and reduces obesity
- increases academic performance
- …have fun!
Parents and professionals rightly have concerns about exposing children to risk and it is important that a balanced approach is taken which includes appropriate checks and precautions.
Key issues we’ll examine with you
- Introducing risky play into your setting
- Risk, national policy and inspections: how the Care Inspectorate and other organisations are now working with you to embed risky play in your practice
- A history of risk in play – have we become too risk adverse?
- The benefits of risky play
- Parent and practitioner attitudes to risk and the impact on the child
- Communication with staff and parents around risky play: building confidence to create opportunities for children to learn and develop
- How to undertake a Risk Benefit Analysis (RBA)
- Creating the environment for risky play indoors and outdoors
Who should attend?
This event will be of interest to all those looking to create opportunities for risky play with children including: teachers, early years practitioners, childminders, nursery workers, family centre workers, and leisure facility managers amongst others.
09:15 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Opening remarks from the chair
Tam Baillie, Former Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland
Session 1: The Case for Risky Play
10:05 Making the Case for Free Range Competent Children
Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland
10:25 From a Philosophy of Protection to a Philosophy of Resilience
A brief history of risk aversion and why it’s turning around.
Hilary Long, Glasgow Convener, Upstart Scotland and formerly Manager, Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens
10:45 Questions and discussions
Session 2: Conducting a Risk-Benefit Analysis of Risky Play
11:20 Interactive session
- Practical tools for taking a balanced approach to risk management using the process of risk-benefit assessment
- Thinking about children’s play and development, how our values and direction influences our management decisions
- The role of organisational training and feedback loops.
Matt Robinson, Training and Development Officer, Grounds for Learning
12:20 Lunch and networking
Session 3: Balancing risk in practice
13:05 Maximising opportunities for outdoor play
Rachel Cowper, Programme Manager, Thrive Outdoors Team, Inspiring Scotland
13:25 Nursery Case study: staff & parent training & communication
Elaine Stewart, Senior Early Years Practitioner, Abercromby Nursery
Donna Fraser, Early Years Practitioner, Abercromby Nursery
Lynsey Wheater, Parent
13:45 School case study: risky play inside and outside the classroom
Kate Coutts, Headteacher, Nesting Primary School
14:05 Questions and discussions
14:25 Chairs closing remarks
14:30 Close of event
* Agenda subject to change
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