We’re often asked how we make sure our children are safe when we give them so much freedom to choose their own activities.
Children are ‘hardwired’ to take risks, right from birth. Babies and young children decide to try crawling, walking and then running.
Play, including some risk-taking, is the way young children learn the skills and abilities they need for life. But our increasingly ‘risk averse’ society often makes it difficult for children to experience physical activity and playful risk-taking.
At Young Friends we provide a safe environment and encouragement for your child to push boundaries, explore their environment and see what their body is capable of doing.
We can’t completely eliminate risk (serious injuries are of course avoided, but a few minor bumps, cuts and grazes are an unavoidable and beneficial part of being a developing child), but by carefully weighing up the risks and benefits, we ensure that your child will learn about risk and experiencing challenge. This will benefit them far more as they grow and learn to assess their own risk than cushioning every corner and softening every floor.
Our staff are trained to monitor and observe your child, helping them to learn for themselves how to judge and manage risk, and how to manage their bodies in many different physical situations. Within their family group, we will encourage your child to take appropriate responsibility for themselves, and to respect and help others.
We do, of course, operate according to carefully planned and monitored safety policies.
We take our responsibility for your child’s safety very seriously. Young Friends Kindergarten has a number of public social media pages linked to the work we do. We operate according to a strict image policy, and we never post full face pictures of children in our public social media pages. Of you have any specific concerns about your child’s safety online, please talk to us.