Ellen Sandseter is one of the leading authorities on risky play. In a 2011 article, Sandseter identified how the risk perceived by early learning teachers influences children’s opportunity for risky play. Attitudes, tolerance to risk, and how they manage risky play, impact children’s opportunities. According to Sandsetter, Norwegian early learning teachers have a more positive attitude towards risky play than educators in most other countries. A survey among Norwegian educators identified that they are generally positive about thrilling and risky kinds of play and that they rarely interfere in or restrict this type of play.
What can early learning teachers learn from others about risky play? Continue in this module to learn about risky play categories. These can help you categorize and understand the play possibilities that you offer children.