Forest School has grown in UK popularity, providing young children with opportunities for fun and risky play, and time in nature. Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were used to explore student practitioner and nursery practitioner perspectives about risk when delivering Forest School with pre-school children; participant views on risk were sought before and after engagement in five Forest School sessions. The study found that risk is a flexible term for early years practitioners. Whilst participants saw the benefits, there was also anxiety about upholding regulations or fear of blame. Additionally, practitioners’ perceptions of risk changed after the Forest School sessions, suggesting the more experience practitioners have, the less anxious they are about the risks of delivering Forest School sessions with young children.
Button, J., & Wilde, A. (2019). Exploring practitioners’ perceptions of risk when delivering Forest School for 3- to 5-year-old children. International Journal of Play, 8(1), 25–38. https://doi.org/10.1080/21594937.2019.1580334
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