Risky Play: Promote Children’s Agency


How do we get the balance right between protecting children from possible harm and providing environments that promote children's agency and risk-taking?

Risky play promotes resilience which is critical for children to be able to self-regulate, make good decisions and negotiate the challenges in life. Instead of trying to eliminate all risk from children's play, it is crucial to understand that risky play can be acceptable where the benefit to children's learning outweighs the risks (NQS 2.1.3).

This session will outline what is stated in the National Regulations, the National Law, the National Quality Standard and the approved frameworks in relation to providing children with environments that promote risk-taking while protecting children from harm and hazard. Practical examples will be discussed using the risk matrix to assess the risks of experiences, regular outings, tools and equipment.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Communicate risks to children and encourage children to take risks while ensuring their safety?
  • Identify what the NQF says about risk-taking?
  • Understand the difference between risk and hazard.
  • Utilise a risk matrix tool to assess each risk.
  • Communicate the benefits of risk-taking to families?


Completing Risky Play will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing APTS 6.2.2 & 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 


This course aligns with:

  • QA 1: Educational program and practice
  • QA 3: Physical environment

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