Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years
Learning outcome: Understand children’s rights in relation to play
Assessment criteria: Identify the rights of children in relation to play as detailed in the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights document that recognises children’s basic rights.
Article 31 of the UNCRC states that:
Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child, and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.Article 31 of the UNCRC
Overall, this article reinforces the importance of play for children’s learning and development. It serves as a reminder that children need access to play without discrimination so that they can reach their full potential and fully enjoy their childhoods