Author Archives: Jane Bain

Confidence Building in the outdoors

This article describes one of the reasons outdoor and risky play is so important, and, why it is so important that the adults involved are taking the right approach. It is so important to scaffold and support the play experiences appropriately in order for the children to gain the significant benefits available. It is so easy to get stuck in a safety rut, using our adult perceptions and concerns to inhibit play “just in case” rather than allowing children to expand and develop their own risk and safety assessments and in turn their problem solving, confidence, self-esteem and so, so much more.

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Ofsted report 2017/2018 recommends a Common Sense approach to Risk

Good to see a common sense approach to risk noted in the The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2017/18. Those of us in early years have the challenge of knowing that we need to provide young children with a degree of risk and challenge in order for them to develop not only physical, but also emotional and vital life skills while being under pressure from many sides to keep children safe.

“Physical development in early years

The pressures of performance tables and Ofsted are not the only things that can lead to providers compromising on the substance of their provision. The gold plating of regulations and, in particular, health and safety requirements can do much the same.

We know that in the early years, a crucial part of preparing children for school is developing their muscular strength and dexterity. The best nurseries recognise this and encourage children to be busy and active.

But we also know that in other settings this good practice is stifled by undue concerns about the risk and safety of such activities. While it is a basic expectation of any institution that cares for children to carry out proper risk assessments, some level of risk is an essential part of childhood. Without it, we stifle children’s natural inquisitiveness and their opportunities to learn and develop and deny them those opportunitiesto build that muscular strength and dexterity. We hope that nurseries and other childcare settings take a common sense approach to managing risk.

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness – Back for 2018

Our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness have begun with children leaving Christmas decorations around the woods for walkers and bikers to find. The children have made these decorations over the last few sessions using wood harvested from a fallen tree near our play site. If you spot a decoration please feel free to take it home and hang it on your own Christmas tree. 

If you are RACKed we’d be really grateful if you would post a photo and tag us as we are keen to see where our decorations (and other acts of kindness) end up.

Look out for some other Random Acts of Christmas Kindness coming soon!

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