Explorations Early Learning

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Explorations Early Learning

Conducting Benefit-Risk Assessments

Conducting Benefit-Risk Assessments


This training equips early learning professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct comprehensive benefit-risk assessments so they can more effectively support developmentally appropriate risk-taking while ensuring children’s health and safety.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendee will:

  • Understand the difference between Dangers, Hazards, and Risks
  • Learn how to conduct a benefit-risk assessment
  • Recognize the importance of hazard mitigation in maintaining a safe and healthy play environment

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Learning Experiences And Enrichment / Child Development
  • Illinois | Curriculum Or Program Design
  • Michigan | Teaching And Learning
  • Missouri | Use A Broad Repertoire Of Teaching Skills And Strategies For Learning
  • Nebraska | Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum
  • Oklahoma | Learning Environments And Curriculum
  • South Dakota | Learning Environments
  • Wisconsin | Learning Experiences, Strategies, And Curriculum
  • CDA | Advancing Children’s Physical And Intellectual Development

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction05 minutesMonologue
Defining Danger, Hazard, and Risk15 minutesDiscussion
Conducting A Benefit-Risk Assessment10 minutesDiscussion
Hazard Mitigation25 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion05 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on content from these sources (affiliate links):

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents