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Risk and Challenge...

Children at Ashton House Nursery have the freedom to play.

If a puddle looks deep, we don’t tell a child not to enter, we show them how to use a stick to test the depth.

We believe that children need the freedom in play to challenge themselves and learn about risk. It is a vital life skill for children to develop an awareness of their own limits and boundaries, giving them a real sense of self, which enables them to make informed and safe decisions during their independent play. If you think back to how you used to play outdoors as a child, many of us have fond memories of playing in the woods, building dens, climbing trees, hunting for worms and creating bottles of ‘perfume’ using whatever blooms we could find in the garden. Such experiences are said to have been lost within the current generation and the impact this is having on children is termed ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ (Louv, R. Last Child in the Woods, 2005). It is through these rich experiences in nature that children learn to take risks, overcome challenges, build resilience, confidence, independence and test their creativity. At Ashton House Nursery we believe children have a right to connect with nature in this way, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding about themselves, their abilities and their relationship with the world around them.