Scraped Knees and Big Smiles: Challenge and Risk in the Early Years

This event examines the various types of challenging and risky play you can introduce into your early years setting, how to balance risk with the appropriate checks and precautions, and how to take parents, staff, and children with you on this journey to create confidence in risky play and a shared appreciation of its benefits.  

Why create opportunities for challenge and risk in the early years?

Life is challenging. Life is risky. When children are provided with the opportunity to take part in risky and challenging play in a safe learning environment, they are developing important life skills such as making choices, problem solving, measuring risk taking, and navigating their way socially and emotionally in group situations. In short, evidence demonstrates that challenging and risky play improves child wellbeing and development. 

But parents and professionals rightly have concerns about exposing children to risk – so how do we balance risk with the appropriate checks and precautions?

Join us on 30 January as we explore how to introduce and expand on opportunities for challenging and risky play in your early years setting. 

Key issues we will address with you

  • The benefits of introducing risky and challenging play into your setting
  • Different forms of risky play: rapid speeds, dangerous tools, rough and tumble, heights, and getting lost 
  • An update on the policy context – risk assessment, health and wellbeing, and GIRFEC 
  • Working with parents and addressing concerns
  • Supporting individual children with different needs
  • Observation, planning, and assessment
  • How to provide key experiences for children and ensure their safety outdoors

Confirmed speakers

  • Alex Barrable, Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, University of Dundee
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland 
  • Kate Hookham, Senior Trainer, Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, Mindstretchers
  • Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland
  • Doreen Watson, Service Manager Children, Care Inspectorate 
  • Chair: Tam Baillie, former Children and Young People's Commissioner

Who should attend? 

This event will be of interest to everyone looking to create opportunities for risky play with children including: teachers, early years practitioners, childminders, nursery workers, family centre workers, and leisure facility managers, among others.​

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Agenda*

9.45 Registration and morning refreshments 

10.25 Welcome and introduction from the Chair 

Tam Baillie, former Children and Young People's Commissioner

10.30 Session 1: The Case for Challenge and Risk in the Early Years 

In this opening session, we examine the arguments for introducing challenge and risk in the early years. From developing problem solving to learning how to navigate their way socially and emotionally in group situations, proponents argue that challenge and risk in the early years improves child wellbeing and development. 

10:30 Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland 

11:00 Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland

11:30 Questions and Discussion

11.40 Refreshments and networking 

12.00 Session 2: Addressing Concerns and Embedding Confidence – parents, staff, local authorities, and children

Parents, professionals, and local authorities understandably can have concerns about exposing children to risk, and children can lack confidence when first confronted with opportunities for challenging and risky play. In this session we examine how to balance risk with the appropriate checks and precautions. We will also consider how to take parents, staff, local authorities, and children on this journey to create confidence in challenging and risky play, and a shared appreciation of its benefits.  

12:00 Doreen Watson, Service Manager Children, Care Inspectorate 

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:40 Solutions Room - Interactive Session 

This interactive workshop is designed to provide peer-supported advice on the biggest challenges you face in facilitating challenging and risky play in your early years setting. You will have two minutes to think of a challenge you are facing. Participants will then be divided into groups and each person's challenge will be brainstormed by your group in quick-fire cycles. 

13.10 Lunch and networking 

14:00 Session 3: Introducing Different Forms of Risky and Challenging Play 

Risk and challenge can take many forms. Engaging with dangerous tools, rough and tumble, heights, and rapid speeds all embody different types of risky and challenging play. In this session, we explore examples of good practice where these various forms of risky play are encouraged in different early years settings. 

14:00 Kate Hookham, Senior Trainer, Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, Mindstretchers 

14:30 Alex Barrable, Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, University of Dundee

15:00 Questions and discussion 

15.10 Closing remarks from the Chair 

Tam Baillie, former Children and Young People's Commissioner

15.15 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change 



Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 2 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email craig.kelly@holyrood.com with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (There is one rate for all delegates) 

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
30 January 2020

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