Unit 4 - Risk and Challenge

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children need to understand that the world can be dangerous and that care needs to be taken when negotiating around it. Allowing children to take risks allows them to develop essential life skills such as social and emotional skills. Active learning is the most powerful form of learning, children should be allowed to take risks and explore new experiences as this is a form of active learning. Being told about possible risks is not enough because children need to see or experience the consequences of not taking care. For example if you tell a child not to do something they are likely to wonder why they cant do it, and do it anyway as they are curious of the reasons why they are not allowed to do it. Allowing children to take risks also enables staff the opportunity to assess them efficiently which may enable them to provide the support the child needs. The UNCRC states that every child has the right to make choices, this means children should be allowed to make choices about managing their own risks in a controlled environment. Depriving children of taking risks can: Lack of experience to carry out tasks efficiently Decrease opportunities for physical opportunities An inability to cope in stressful situations Problems managing other forms of risks Poor social skills Children should be able to take both physical risks, social risks and intellectual risks. It is important for children to take physical risks because; Helps them to learn to negotiate natural hazards such as ice Learn to use equipment safely and purposely Developing control and coordination Children should also be allowed to take social and moral risks because; Helps them to develop an understanding of expectations and rules within different social settings Develops reasoning skills Helps them to negotiate with others including learning to say ‘no’ It is also important for

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