Assessment Item 1
Rights of the Child
Word count: Part a) 480 words, Part b) 1,363 words
Date submitted: 5/04/15
Table of Contents
Part A: Engage in discussion around three questions in your tutorial 3
Question 1: 3
Question 2: 3
Question 3: 4
Part B: Write a short reflective essay examining practice in relation to the UNCRC 5
Part B: Write a short reflective essay examining practice in relation to the UNCRC
The “right to play” can be defined as the entitlement of all children to be able to engage in any activity, behaviour or process which is initiated by the child with or without the company of others. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises play as a fundamental right to childhood, as stated in Article 31 (UNCRC, 1989), as well as General Comment No. 17 from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child which emphasises the importance on the role of play for providing children with “opportunities to express creativity, imagination, self-confidence… and the development of physical, socio-emotional and cognitive strengths and skills.” (UNCRC, 2013).
In practice, the right to play refers to how educators provide, promote and protect the conditions that support play, whilst respecting the concept that “children’s play belongs to children” (Lester and Russell, 2010, p. X [Executive Summary]). This includes how educators provide meaningful opportunities to play, as well as how they create physical and social environments in order to facilitate the children’s learning and development.
Although play is a universal right and activity of all children, and is perceived to be an enjoyable as well as a positive experience, Brooker and Woodhead (2013, p. 4) argue that play is a “complex experience which children and adults may manipulate” to achieve various goals for themselves. Play is therefore not always a positive experience for every child who engages in it, and this can be seen as...