#99 Is Risky Play Worth the Risk? With Audrey Rowland

by | Feb 19, 2024 | Featured, Parenting, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

How can parents effectively balance the inherent challenge of safeguarding their children while nurturing their autonomy, particularly in the context of risky play?


In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Audrey Roland, the visionary founder of Green Space Learning and the current President of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Audrey has dedicated herself to early childhood professional development, and her organization boasts licensed childcare centers along with the creation of innovative natural play equipment for playgrounds.


Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or simply curious about fostering a child’s development through risky play, Audrey’s wealth of experience and wisdom is bound to captivate you. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to delve into a thought-provoking discussion on the importance of embracing risk in childhood development.


Topics Discussed:

  • The Compulsion for Risky Play.
  • Differentiating Between Hazard and Risk.
  • Engaging with Risky Play.
  • Supporting Resilience in Children.

About our guest:

With more than two decades of dedicated service in the early childhood education field, Audrey Rowland brings a wealth of experience as both a teacher and administrator. Leveraging her extensive expertise, Audrey develops resources and delivers professional development opportunities for early educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers. As the founder of Green Space Learning, she pioneers early childhood professional development initiatives for educators and designs engaging play-based indoor and outdoor learning settings for early childhood programs. Audrey’s adeptness as a speaker and trainer lies in her ability to translate information seamlessly into practical application. She holds a Master of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University.

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