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Dynamic Risk Benefit Analysis (RBA) and loose parts play.

Here are a few images from last term, to illustrate the successful introduction of loose parts play into a newly designed play area for all ages. Although some feared that this might lead to accidents, the key to success is a detailed play and outdoor learning policy that the school has in place. I supported a full debate about this and induction training too, with staff and children. The idea is that dynamic RBA takes place throughout playtime, as always! Nothing new there, just a new context.  As a result the school has an imaginative play zone that is thoroughly enjoyed and is supporting skill development in a way that compliments the other areas of the playground.

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Fun with scrap!

Fun with scrap!
“Best play ever” …“Lots to do”…”the playground feels bigger now!”…  “Fewer fights and trouble” These were just a few of the positive comments from children and staff when we introduced scrap resources to lunchbreak playtimes.  The dynamic of play changed and even foot ball reduced its negative impact!  We supported this new initiative through modelling and discussing risk-benefit with the staff , who think is great, but they say “Please sort out the storage!”  This is going to be self managed (with the children taking responsibility) in a new wide timber shed, that will also double as a dry and cosy place to play.
Introducing loose parts, training for support staff, and providing storage does not have to be a large financial commitment… (a few hundred,  not thousands,  as an up-front cost) and the only on-going task is refreshing the resources. A keen parent team has undertaken to do this though regular visits to the local scrap store,  as well as keeping an eye open for suitable materials. 
So...over to the children now,  to take themselves to new places and experiences through their own fertile imagination!

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