A Norwegian article about how to facilitate physical environments for indoor risky play.
English title: Indoor risky play: Opportunities for excitement and variety in the ECEC play environments?
Abstract in English: Risky play is a form of play that can contribute to both children’s well-being and development, but there is a lack of research on the topic. In this study, we have investigated various aspects of risky play in the indoor environment of Early Childhood Education and Care settings (ECEC). The study is based on video observation of 65 children aged 3–5 years, from seven ECEC centers, during periods when the children were free to play as they wished. The video observations were conducted in two phases: Autumn 2017 (T1) and Autumn 2018 (T2), and the final data material consists of 770 video observations of 2 minutes each. Based on the observations in T1, an intervention was carried out to strengthen the existing physical play environments. The intervention was developed and implemented as a collaboration between the researchers and staff in the participating center. The effects of the intervention were observed in T2. The data material was analyzed with descriptive statistics and regression analyzes. The results show that children engaged in risky play indoors, especially with great heights and rough-and-tumble play, and that the risky play mainly took place in tumbling spaces and in cubbies. Results related to the intervention show that the ECEC centers that established an integrated tumbling space had an increase in risky play indoors. In addition, the results show that both girls, boys and children of different ages used the tumbling spaces for risky play after the intervention. Overall, this study demonstrates opportunities to create exciting and more varied play opportunities indoors in ECEC.
Kleppe, R., Sando, O. J., & Sandseter, E. B. H. (2020). Innendørs risikofylt lek – et bidrag til spenning og variasjon i barnehagens lekemiljøer . Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.23865/jased.v4.2460