Following a recent parliamentary report on a fit and healthy childhood, the latest advice is that children need to be exposed to risky play as an essential part of their childhood.
Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body.
The report stated that: “Risky play, involving perhaps rough and tumble, height, speed, playing near potentially dangerous elements such as water, cliffs and exploring alone with the possibility of getting lost, gives children a feeling of thrill and excitement.”
Key recommendations from the report include spending time outdoors exploring (even toddlers), lighting fires and being around water.
The Guardian, 14th October 2015
Read the full report here