Early Years Update 94: December 2011/January 2012
This is a very welcome second edition of a book that has been enormously popular since it was first published over 10 years ago. The theme of the book - the importance of helping young children to learn about risk and life skills - has not changed, but the text has been completely reworked to ensure it fully reflects current thinking and key issue. There are new examples to learn from, many of which look at current approaches to promoting young children's learning in and through nature. The author speaks authoritatively and convincingly about the importance of young children being able to learn through practical experiences how to manage risk in order to keep themselves safe. This, along with the many practical examples quoted, is of enormous help to the practitioner searching for ways to ensure they fulfil their responsibility for 'teaching children step by step how to keep themselves safe'. This book is highly recommended for use in every early years setting and, as it covers the age range up to eight, every primary school too.