Life is full of risks and challenges and children need to learn from an early age how to cope with them. Without taking risks and challenging themselves children would not move from one stage of development to the next. Any new activity for a child poses a challenge or risk to them.

We need to support children to take risks in an environment that is safe and secure. Restricting children can limit their creativity.

When planning, staff need to be aware of each child's stage of development and provide activities that will interest them and offer challenge and risk.

Planning records must show risks and challenges that have been identified and how this has been shared with the child.

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