Parental and Practitioner Attitudes towards Risk and Risky Play for Children aged 3-5 years old.
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Experiencing risk taking and risky play comes not only from the child but from the guidance of those around them. This study examines parent and practitioner attitudes to risk taking and risky play in children three to five years of age. Following a pilot study, questionnaires gained a very limited feedback. Therefore, the main study used two differing methods of qualitative data collection. Parental focus groups and practitioner interviews were chosen, to ensure responses and provide valid data. To highlight differences in attitudes two settings were chosen, one located within a city the other in a rural environment, each with ten parents and six practitioners taking part. It was concluded that that anxiety and fear play a major part in risk prevention and these were triggered by a number of variables, maternal and paternal attitudes, gender concerns, adult pressures, media influences and outdoor verses indoor risk. However, analysing the responses suggested that these discussions had made both parties think about risk in a more positive way.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Education and Early Childhood Studies