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‘Undue concerns’ about risk in nurseries, says Ofsted


Ofsted Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Amanda Spielman warns that children’s physical development is being suppressed because of ‘undue concerns’ about health and safety in early years settings in England. 

The 2017 – 2018 annual report highlights concerns that children are not given the opportunity to take risks in early years settings. The report says that, although risk assessment is expected in settings, ‘some level of risk is an essential part of childhood.’

According to the report, the benefits of allowing children to take some risk include: the opportunity to learn, develop and build muscular strength and dexterity.

Regarding an approach to managing risk, Amanda Spielman said: 

‘We hope that nurseries and other childcare settings take a common-sense approach to managing risk.’

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