Playgrounds: risk and freedom

Children's playground

Balancing risk and freedom

What level of risk is acceptable in children’s health and safety?

‘The balance between allowing children to play unhindered and wrapping them in cotton wool has been struck in some public playgrounds’ claims an interesting article in the Times Educational Supplement on freedom, risk and children’s playgrounds.

It also references examples of playground design from Stirling where safer surfacing and fences have been dispensed with in order to encourage exploration and further learning opportunities.

ESI references:



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