Concerns and worries of families “are individual due to their uniqueness and the uniqueness of each child” (Solly, 2015, p. 106). Kathyrn Solly (2015) in her book, Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years: A Practical Guide to Exploring and Extending Learning Outdoors, addresses some of these concerns, including the three featured in the graphic. Click on the words below to reveal more and then add your ideas to the comment section.
Strangers – “Stranger danger” can be high on the list of concerns a family may have so it is important that they know the procedures that are put into place such as visitor check in, badges, door security, etc. that will help them to know the ways that their child is being kept safe and secure.
Getting Dirty – this can be a practical concern for families and a way to address this concern is to have a washer and dryer so that the child can go home with clean clothes and that the child has multiple sets of clothing available.
Physical Safety – there is a hierarchy of “feeling safe” and if families are worried about their children’s safety this can transfer to the child who may become less confident to join in. Help to alleviate these concerns by sharing policies and procedures in place to help keep children safe. Learn about the child’s home experiences so that you can work together.
Early learning professionals also have concerns. By clicking on the words below, you will learn more about some that have been identified by Solly (2015).
Safety- A balance needs to be struck between the risks and benefits of outdoor, risky and challenging play. Policies and procedures should always be in place and risk assessments done on a regular basis.
Leadership – Those who are in leadership positions need to lead by example. The ethos, principles and vision of a setting should support early learning professionals to offer children opportunities for risky play.
First aid, Accidents
First aid, accidents – First aid training, first aid kits and policies and procedures need to be in place to address minor and more serious accidents.
Safety Procedures – Daily checks of equipment and resources will help to eliminate hazards and ease concerns.
Clothing – Children and staff should have basic clothing to suit the weather.