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

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.


UNCRC in Scotland

In March 2021, Scotland took the exciting step to incorporate the UNCRC in Scots Law. As a sector, ELC already take a child’s rights based approach to working with children, however it will soon become law that, as a funded provider, you will have to evidence that you are incorporating the rights of the child into the policies and procedures you use to guide practice every day in the setting. 

NDNA has produced a free information guide, giving a brief introduction to the UNCRC and the further implications on practice in an Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) setting.

Download free UNCRC information guide

NDNA members can access our free UNCRC Incorporation Toolkit, which includes:

•          UNCRC Incorporation factsheet
•          Blank CRWIA template
•          Step by Step guide to completing a CRWIA
•          Listen to Me! Children’s Views on Children’s Rights (a support guide to gathering the views of all the children in your setting, including the youngest children).

Become a member today and access your free UNCRC Incorporation Toolkit.


UNCRC in the UK

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. 

Baby with UNCRC flag

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