Month: September 2012

Young Children released into the Wild at Melbourne Zoo

This newly opened precinct called Growing Wild invites young children, their families and carers into Melbourne Zoo to literally enter the world of the animals – to eyeball meerkats and giant tortoises, climb and explore, dig in sand, look for worms and beetles and play ‘lookout’ like the meerkats on guard. They can try on a tortoise shell for size, 

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promoting a balanced approach

The UK Health and Safety Executive together with the Play Safety Forum recently published a joint high level statement on risk and children’s play.

It advocates that play is great for children’s well-being and development and acknowledges that accidents and mistakes happen during play. ‘No child will learn about risk if they are wrapped in cotton wool’.

In summary the statement makes clear that:

Play is important for children’s well-being and development When planning and providing play opportunities,

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