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Why do children takes risks in physical play?

Discussing possible concerns about risks involved with physical play.

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  • Supporting children's risky play
  • Physical development
  • Effective practice
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Mum, can you get my socks off?
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Can you get up, can you still get up?
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One of the concerns about physical play
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is about keeping children safe.
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Physical play can be risky
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as children want and need to challenge themselves.
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Learning how to take risks safely is
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an extremely useful life skill.
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First, there will be adult support and supervision,
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while allowing them to struggle and master
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difficult situations.
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Denying these activities will hamper
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the development of independence, resourcefulness,
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confidence, and self-regulation.
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So adults need to be aware of the capabilities
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of their children
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and make positive physical experiences available
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in safe enough ways.
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Take it a bit easy,
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and let's try doing it a little bit slower,
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do you think? Do you think that might help?
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Shall we start from the bottom again
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and do it a little bit slow?
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Okay, you ready, right, take it nice and easy
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there's no hurry,
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that's it,
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you watch where you're putting your hands and your feet,
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yeah?
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That's it, would you like me to hold it a little bit?
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Yeah.
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Yeah, if I hold it a little bit steady like that?
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Yes.
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Yeah?
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Do it with two hands.
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With two hands?
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Oh, that's a good idea.
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Wow, you're doing a really good job of this,
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because it's quite tricky, isn't it?
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Mm-hmm.
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That's it.
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Ouch.
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Yes, it's very easy to bang your thumb
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when you first start off.
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Would you like me to start it off for you?
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And then you don't need to keep your thumb there?
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Oh, you've done it right, actually.
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You've done a good job.
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Harriet initially shows and models
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for Rose how to use a large hammer.
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Large tools might be considered risky,
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but toy ones that don't work properly
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can be just frustrating.
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Later on, as we've seen,
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Rose struggles on until she succeeds
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at such a difficult task.
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Children need to learn how to manage risk.
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Oh, that looks very, very tricky.
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Is that very tricky or is it okay?
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Do you want me to hold the back of your hand?
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This is new for Danny K.
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He's being encouraged to think about
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when he might need help in a situation that might be risky.
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Yay, well done, can you climb in yourself?
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Check that nobody's coming out.
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Check you don't bump each other.
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Who's going first,
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is Danny going first, or Seth?
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Seth.
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Okay, Seth's going through.
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Stephanie, wait.
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Good.
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Where've you gone? I can't see you.
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I'm lost.
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You're lost? Get your feet.
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This time, he holds out his hand,
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asking for help.
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Well done. Put your arms out to balance,
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put your arms out, so you can balance.
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Children who've been encouraged
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and supported in mastering difficult skills
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gradually have that support withdrawn
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as they become able to handle themselves safely,
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confident in knowing how far they can go.