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Risky Play

Active energetic/risky play is defined as thrilling and exciting play and is a form of play that involves a risk of physical injury. Providing children with opportunities to engage in energetic active play allows children to develop their awareness of risk and how to regulate their risk taking play according to their fear and ability (Sandseter, 2009). Motivated by the force of knowingly participating in play that involves risk encourages children to become familiar with their environment, boundaries, and how they will handle future risk.


Alberta Culture and Tourism provided the EYLRT with a grant in March of 2016, to explore active energetic or risky play for preschool children in child care. To date, we have engaged over thirteen hundred stakeholders to explore potential gaps or inconsistencies in the implementation and interpretation of policies and regulations.

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Exploring Active Energetic Play in Alberta Child Care Centres

This study was conducted to better understand potential

barriers to providing active energetic/risky play by hearing

the perspectives of ECEs, parents, licensing officers, health

inspectors, and owners and operators across Alberta.