Risky play is a hot topic in the early education sphere. Children naturally seek challenges and take risks to expand their world view and develop their independence. In this session renowned outdoor educator and playground designer Lukas Ritson will share why we should be encouraging children to be courageous rather than risky.
You will gain an understanding of:
- The history and diversity of risk in play
- The differences between risk and hazard through an EYLF and play pedagogy lens
- Why we want children to be courageous, not risky
- Supportive language to encourage children in courageous play
- Active risk and play assessments
Lukas Ritson is fondly known as The Outdoor Educator. He is a father of two, sustainability educator and the co-founder of natural play environment company Wearthy.
Lukas believes that play should be a holistic experience for children - one that fosters connection, encourages resilience, and cultivates compassion. His innovative playground designs emphasise sustainable, quality materials, as they create a healthy stage for limitless learning opportunities.
His work has touched the lives of tens of thousands of children Australia-wide. He has collaborated with childcare centres, schools, community gardens and educational nature-based events. He has also presented keynote talks on play, sustainability and ‘risky-play’ in Finland, the United States, across Australia and on the TEDx stage.
National Quality Standard Areas
Area 1 – Educational Program Practice
Area 3 – Physical environment
Area 5 – Relationships with children