When parents drop their children off at preschool or daycare, they should feel at ease knowing that they’re leaving their kids in a safe, supervised environment…but is it possible for schools to be too safe?
Early childhood educators are responsible for the safety and well-being of the children in their care, so it makes sense that teachers would go above and beyond to ensure their students are as safe as possible at all times. However, limiting a child’s ability to play in order to decrease the risk of potential injury isn’t always a positive thing.
Some forms of play are bound to be slightly dangerous: Climbing trees, jumping off the swing, pedaling a bicycle as fast as possible. And yet, most of these are things we all did as children, often without parent supervision.
Research shows that this kind of “risky play” has benefits. Children need the chance to take risks while they play and interact with the world around them. Instinctively, children test their limits to determine how far they can push themselves, which is a good thing.
For more information, check out Is Your Risky Play Risky Enough? by Steven Bonnay, RECE.
Source: Hi Mama