The Right to an Education


At St Thomas Centre Nursery Schoolwe have made a commitment to teach our children and the wider school community about the rights of the child. As duty bearers, the adults within the school community have a responsibility to ensure the children’s rights are met.

What is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School?

By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is the basis of all of Unicef’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Every child has a right to an education (article 28). Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child's respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment (article 29). We believe children learn through play and have a right to play (article 31).

🔴 We follow the statutory framework of the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage, introduced in September 2012, which covers children from birth to five years of age, however we take into account the individual need, learning styles and interests of the children.

🔴 We have a rich environment and believe this to be key in providing for every child’s learning experience.

🔴 Continuous Provision offers children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore whilst challenging their learning.

🔴 We allow children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices.


Our journey to achieving the Rights Respecting School Bronze, Silver and Gold award has just begun so we have set up a steering group that consists of staff, children, lunchtime supervisors, governors and parents.

This team have chosen some points they feel are important for every child:

  • Be happy
  • Be safe
  • Have friends
  • Be healthy
  • Be educated
  • Be heard

We aim for every child  to learn that they have rights and how to use them in their daily life.

Article 13: All children have a right to find out things and say what they think through speaking, writing, drawing etc.

Article 28: All children have a right to an education.

Article 29: Education should tech children to respect their parents, their own and other cultures

Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and join in a wide range of activities

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