"Families have strong feelings and concerns about their children's safety, and rightly so," writes Deb Curtis in her popular book, Really Seeing Children. "The director of our child care program believed in the importance of involving families in conversations and decisions along with the staff about everything, including the approaches we developed for challenge and risk. She held meetings where families worked with staff to study children’s developmental tasks requiring challenge and risk. She formed a safety committee whose role was to create policies and monitor the risk and safety issues in the program…to help think through the benefits, risks, and rules for new programs, activities, and equipment that might involve unfamiliar challenges…"
"Really Seeing Children shifts the perspective of observing children from a dull, burdensome activity that’s done to meet assessment requirements to a delightful, invigorating, thought-provoking experience where educators can’t wait to document and share the stories of amazing children. This book expands the early education field’s view of the value of the everyday moments in children’s lives and refines adults’ abilities to see the development that occurs in children’s play, relationships, and their environment."
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