United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC): advice for nurseries

Baby with UNCRC flag

All children have the right to grow up in an environment that meets their basic needs and allows them choices and decisions of their own.


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is a list of 54 articles that list what the rights of each and every child should be, regardless of where they are born or grow up.

Almost every country in the world has signed up to the UNCRC which means that almost all children in the world should have the same rights in their childhood.

The UK signed the UNCRC in 1990 and this came into effect in the UK in January 1992. All statutory frameworks in early years (regardless of the nation) are underpinned by these articles.

See the articles here.

Resources to support you with UNCRC in early years settings:

Download: Embedding UNCRC in to your practice. 

Download our UNCRC 30th Anniversary Nursery News article with  advice for embedding UNCRC in to your practice. 
NDNA UNCRC article: Nursery News