An Introduction to The Rights of the Child in Early Learning and Care

An Introduction to The Rights of the Child in Early Learning and Care is designed to give you, the early years educator, an overview of children’s rights and outline how these rights can be embedded into the daily practice in your early childhood setting.

This free online course is filled with practical examples, grounded in theory, to help you understand how children’s rights are a core part of quality early learning and care. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and there is a quiz at the end of each section.

Course Content

  • Section 1 considers what we mean by human rights and by children’s rights, and looks at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Section 2 looks at the importance of children’s rights in early learning and care, and how these are essential to quality practice
  • Section 3 considers how children’s rights are recognised and respected in early childhood settings, including the right to make decisions and choices, and the right to participate.
  • Finally, Section 4 looks at a specific example – how children’s rights can be realised through the learning environment.

Please note that this course is for information only and there is no certificate awarded.