United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood.
It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world.
Contained in this treaty is a profound idea that :
Children are not just objects who belong to their parents and for whom decisions are made, or adults in training. Rather, they are human beings and individuals with their own rights. The Convention says childhood is separate from adulthood, and lasts until 18; it is a special, protected time, in which children must be allowed to grow, learn, play, develop and flourish with dignity. The Convention went on to become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives.
But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short.
It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfill their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right.
Green Beginnings feel very strongly about these rights and make a commitment that we will always endevour to honour children and their childhood. We use this document as a guide to our every day practices.
Children with special rights
Green Beginnings has developed a strong relationship with the team at Inclusion support Agency (now KU Children’s Services) to support the inclusion of all children and children who have been diagnosed with an additional need/s.
Our team work together with KU and parents of the child/ren to identify barriers and develop strategies that will work in our environment to support the inclusion of all children. Additional educators are employed to support the groups in which children are enrolled. Our educators are supported to assist the little people who need extra help by attending professional development to further enhance their understanding of specific additional needs in children.
We also have constant contact with, and have built a very trusting and professional relationship local Speech Therapists and the Children’s Therapy Centre who work with children who attend our service. We have been active in seeking their assistance and professional expertise to help build networks that support continuity and a better understanding of individual children.
Families of children with special circumstances know their child best, and are also invited to attend our staff meetings to explain a little bit more about what helps them at home in regards to supporting their child and how we can best show consistency across both environments.