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Children’s Rights the Foundation: UNCRC – Reflective Essay

Internal Code: MAS7029

Reflective Essay

The roles that early childhood educators play in intervention and as advocates for children as independent bearers of rights are examined. The professional, legal and moral aspects of child protection, to maximize children well-being and developmental potential in early childhood settings are reviewed and extended. Current teaching practices in the early childhood classroom and early childhood field will be explored through the lens of children rights and in the light of recent policy developments.


1) What is the right to play?

2) Why is it an important right to protect and enact in early childhood education and care?

3) Draw on your readings to reflect upon the practices and/or policies of your early childhood service in relation to the right to play. In your discussion, give examples of how you think children right to play is respected in your service and ways that you think this could be improved. Explain why you think these are good or poor examples. Please refer to the Right to Play booklet; ACECQA Guide to the Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and any other material as appropriate, to guide your thinking.


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