At Ferndale Day Nursery, we believe in creating experiential learning opportunities by offering environments and resources that inspire the imagination and >natural curiosity of the developing mind. Of course, we support exploration in a controlled and secure way, explaining the dangers of what might happen in certain situations, and gently steering children away from unacceptable risk. We provide safe environments, yet allow them to explore how they use the equipment available to them. In doing so, we build up 'risk literacy', an important aspect of development that encourages our children to learn how to keep themselves safe. Many stages of a child's development introduce them to the 'unknown' as it embraces first experiences. When successfully mastered, it lays down the building blocks of future development: Learning at an early stage what it means to take a risk, perhaps with the occasional bump or scrape, gives the older child the essential courage, judgement skills and skills necessary for future development.