Children need to be able to make their own choices and learn that taking some risks can be a fun part of play.
Having a go; trying new things and exploring outdoors may at times involve trips, falls and some tears, however it is these experiences that help children to continue to learn and have the confidence to try again.
But don't just take my word for it:
::: Outdoor Play: Does Avoiding the Risks Reduce the Benefits? Helen Little and Shirley Wyver
The ultimate aim for parents, teachers and other play providers should be to provide outdoor play environments where the risks of serious injury are reduced, but creativity, challenge and excitement are maintained,
::: Putting Risk into Perspective Tim Gill
Perhaps most important of all, we need to reflect on our own childhoods, and remind ourselves of what it might have felt like for Amma, when she climbed the tree in her nursery higher than ever before.
::: Wild Things Clare Warden
‘Many children are not allowed to explore and test themselves in play and to feel in control of being “out of control”.’
::: Risk and Challenge: Essential Elements in Outdoor Play Spaces
::: Risks, Dangers and Hazards
Unfortunately, some early childhood educators and managers have responded to these factors by urbanising early childhood centres, with prefabricated, pre-built playspaces. Underlying this trend is a relinquishing of the responsibility for creating safe and engaging natural outdoor playspaces for children.
::: The Benefits of Risk in Playgrounds
When we become overly concerned with eliminating every potential bump or bruise on the playground, we also eliminate the potential for healthy lifelong developmental skills
::: Just try to Stop Us @ Teacher Tom
Can a child hurt himself with a piece of string? If I let my brain run freely through my nightmares, I can come up with a few horrific possibilities, but realistically it ain't gonna happen.
::: Climbing up and Falling Down @ Squigglemum
I still believe children’s environments should be as safe as necessary, rather than as safe as possible. And I still believe that falling down is a normal part of an active childhood.