A Brand New Video Course
This course on children’s risky play helps educators learn the core components, benefits, and safety measures so they can facilitate appropriate and beneficial risky play.
Risky play is powerful for young children’s learning. That is, it can be powerful if it’s encouraged and supported by knowledgeable adults. This course is designed to help educators develop knowledge on the what, why, and how of risky play all to support children’s learning.
For example, is the play developmentally appropriate? Have we eliminated hazards while still allowing for some risk? What is the best way to talk with children about risk? This course is designed to help educators answer these questions and more!
This course on children’s risky play helps educators learn the core components, benefits, and safety measures in order to facilitate appropriate and beneficial risky play. Experts in early childhood education will guide you through learning to distinguish between hazards, risks, and fears. The course will also explore six broad types of risky play and how those are beneficial to children’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Finally, the course will provide concrete strategies for supporting children’s risky play through things like site assessments, benefit-risk assessments, and protocol development for higher risk activities.
APPROXIMATE RUNTIME: 30 minutes.
What counts as “risky”?
In the course we’ll delve into the differences between risks, hazards, and fears. Knowing the difference helps educators to appropriately support risky play.
Types of risky play
Experts have described six broad types of risky play. This course will discuss each type and provide examples of what each type looks like in practice.
Why risky play?
Through this course we will discuss the many benefits risky play has for children’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional health.
How do you do it?
Many are convinced of the value of risky play, but are unsure how to navigate the many regulations facing educators. (Not to mention parent fears and a litigious society.) This course will provide tools for safely supporting risky play through site assessments, benefit-risk assessments, and protocols for higher risk activities.
Meet Your Instructor
Rachel A. Larimore
Rachel is an educator, speaker, consultant, and author of three books including Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool" and "Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning. Her passion, expertise, and work is intentional integration of nature into early childhood education for young children’s whole development.
Rachel serves on the advisory board of the Natural Start Alliance, a professional association supporting nature-based educators. She also served on the committee to write the Natural Start Alliance’s Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook, a book which describes how nature-based educators can offer programs that are safe, effective, and inclusive.
Rachel is also a doctoral candidate in Michigan State University’s Department of Teacher Education.