Managing Risk in Outdoor and Nature Play

Type
Course
Date of Publication
February 15, 2024
Price
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Overview

Despite the known benefits of outdoor and nature play for young children, early childhood educators and administrators may worry about issues of safety and liability. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to equip early childhood professionals to view risk in outdoor and nature play as a process of balancing risks and benefits, rather than a barrier to including outdoor and nature play in your program.

Course Information

Despite the known benefits of outdoor and nature play for young children, early childhood educators and administrators may worry about issues of safety and liability.

The purpose of this 2-hour course is to equip early childhood professionals to view risk in outdoor and nature play as a process of balancing risks and benefits, rather than a barrier to including outdoor and nature play in your program.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the terms risk, hazard, and risk-benefit assessment;
  • Describe three methods to manage risks; and
  • Create a risk-benefit assessment plan for a proposed enhancement to the outdoor learning environment.

The development of this online course was 100% funded by federal Child Care and Development Funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of an $8,000,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

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