Let’s take a moment to consider what we’ve covered in this course.
Our day was rooted in the voices of Indigenous educators who linked risky play to health, well-being, mental health, the history of learning on the land, and survival. We started by asking you to consider your relationship and responses to risky play. You rated yourself on the spectrum. We discussed risky play, self-care, and wellness and how to hold space for risky play physically and mentally as an educator.
We discussed the tools: the Informed Consent Form and the Site and Program/Experience Risk-Benefit Assessments that will form your approach to different play experiences and your Standard of Care. These tools will form the foundation for thoughtful, quality play experiences and offer a process of accountability and decision-making. We demonstrated the Dynamic Risk-Benefit Assessment process for play spaces that have changed (ie. a new ice patch or a fallen tree). With these tools an educator is able to prepare for the environment through the seasons, and for the different kinds of play that might unfold, and have a strategy for managing unexpected emergent situations.
Having learned the tools to demonstrate a Standard of Care, we listened to thoughts on Risky Play and the Law and considered our responsibility as educators to a Duty of Care.
We discussed different strategies for facilitating active outdoor risky play on the land. We talked through Frontloading, Community Standards Agreements, Pausing the Play and Trusting Your Gut.
We considered the language we would use to communicate about risky play with children and how we would have to do so with parents and other educators. We considered supporting parents and fellow educators in their comfort and growth, too.
It’s been a big day of learning on this virtual land. We’ve heard so many voices from across Canada that speak to the value of this work.
It’s time to stretch and consider this question.
Where are you now on the risk spectrum when you consider holding space for risky play?
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Reflective Sharing Prompt: We know that more questions will bubble up after today’s learning. Supporting children’s play on the land brings up new questions all the time. What questions are you sitting with now? What steps will you take to find your way to the answers?
Thank you for joining us today.