Whether it is in the school playground or the local park, Dream&Garden is the perfect way to introduce young children to taking risks. Taking risks during their play enables children to challenge themselves and their abilities, it helps to increase their confidence and gives them a sense of achievement as they discover new skills and abilities. As adults we are often challenging ourselves and taking risks to grow and develop, from taking a promotion to running marathons, where we could fail but if we succeed it helps us to improve our self-confidence and self-esteem; for children their ability to take these same types of risks is through play.
The playground provides many challenges for young children. The slide can seem high and frightening, while the climbing frame is daunting and difficult. Facing these challenges in the playground provides a safe environment for children to take risks without seriously injuring themselves or other children. Here are key ways to safely introduce young children to risky play.