This session will have drinks receptions and then three inputs from Prof Carol Robinson (academic) and Laura Gilbertson and Martine Leitch (practice).


What are children’s rights and what implications do these have for practices in early year settings? 

Carol Robinson, Professor of Children’s Rights, Edge Hill University, England

This presentation is grounded in the field of children’s rights and will focus on rights that apply to children, including our youngest children, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (UN, 1989). It will highlight the core principles which underpin children’s rights, while also outlining some of the tensions and challenges around implementing children’s rights in practice. Drawing on the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (UN, 2011), consideration will also be given to three main ways in which children are educated about their rights, and how everyday practices in early year settings contribute to this education.

Throughout the presentation a specific focus will be placed on Article 12, children’s right to express their views, and to practices that support, or otherwise, the realisation of this right. A framework of inter-connected eight factors, each pivotal for contemplating and reflecting on when facilitating the voices of children from birth to seven, will be presented. In discussing these factors, consideration will also be given to critical questions which need to be addressed to promote young children’s voices in practice. Alongside Article 12, consideration will also be given to Article 31, children’s right to engage in play and recreational activities, and to some of the complexities associated with implementing this article.


Enquiry as a process which highlights pedagogical practice

Laura Gilbertson (Renfrewshire Local Authority)


Whilst children’s right to play is often aligned as a focal article within early years and lower primary establishments, it is important to remain cognisant to the impact of the wider convention on our pedagogical approaches.

Through a practitioner enquiry process with leaders of learning in the early years, a focal light was shone on the complexities of pedagogical approaches which showcase the empowered child.

My reflections of the project which included work from Equity and Excellence leads, Early Years Teachers and Early Years Senior Practitioners will be shared, with particular focus on examples of work which display enquiries as linked to:

  • Respect for the Views of the Child (UNCRC Article 12)
  • Freedom of Expression (UNCRC Article 13)
  • Goals of Education (UNCRC Article 29)


Title to be confirmed

Martine Leitch, Croftfoot Primary School


Abstract to be confirmed

Fee: £10.00 per person

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