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Principles of Effective Learning Through Play & Enquiry

‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) describes what every child, from birth to 18-years-old, needs to survive, grow and thrive in order to live with dignity and achieve their potential.’

Education Scotland (2023)

The information within this website is focused on child-centred pedagogy which holds the rights of the child at its core.  The button below outlines the UNCRC Articles which link to the contents of this website.  As you explore the different sections of the website and reflect upon your practice, please keep these in mind.

Summary of UNCRC Right Linked to Play.

Article 3 (best interests of the child) The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.

Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.

Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Here are ways that authorities across The West Partnership are using the framework.

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