Collaborative Risk Assessment- with students


I was really impressed chatting to a early childhood consultant from South Australia today. She shared some photos of students in a pre-school who had constructed their own risk assessment for the playground. The pre-school is in South Australia which has a vision for natural play and enjoying the naturalĀ  environment in school and pre-school settings. The teacher took photos of children playing on the equipment and then facilitated a discussion which she scribed on chart paper of the possible risks. The children never said the equipment was dangerous, instead their comments focused on their behaviour that could be risky. It seemed that they were expressing their internal dialogue about keeping themselves safe as they played. The comments were typed up and attached to the photos for parents and children to see. This made me think about how we could be engaging students in this compulsory activity. (Thanks Natalie Phillips and Smithfield Plains Kindy)