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Masterclass - Don't panic! It's only risky play

There is a huge difference between putting a child at risk and allowing a child to take risks.


'All children both need and want to take risks in order to explore limits, venture into new experiences and develop their capacities, from a very young age and from their earliest play experiences. Children would never learn to walk, climb stairs or ride a bicycle unless they were strongly motivated to respond to challenges involving a risk of injury.'
Managing Risk in Play Provision: a position statement, Play Safety Forum, 2008.

There is a huge difference between putting a child at risk and allowing a child to take risks. Risk taking is an important part of a child's development and practitioners need the confidence and environment to support this.


This master class will provide background to the theories surrounding risky play, an opportunity to consider how risky play can be supported in your setting and debate the positives vs challenges to offering risky play.


This workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand the benefits of risk taking
  • Support children to take calculated risks
  • Build a culture and environment for risk taking

Booking Information

Booking to be made via this website.

Queries to the Early Years Workforce team at EYWorkforce@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or by telephone on 023 92 841974


This course is aimed at:
Year Reception Teachers
Early Years Setting Leaders
Early Years Middle Managers
Early Years Practitioners
Out of School Practitioners

06 May 2020 18:30 - 21:00

Closing date: 04/05/2020
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Date and Time

06 May 2020 18:30 - 21:00


Adventure Playground - TBC


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