Task 8 Hbca


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child( UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of a child

The UN convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to play states:

Article 7 - The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation.

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

Article 2 of the UNCRC states that 'children have a right to be protected from all forms of discrimination' and this includes play

Children have an innate drive to play, play is the basis of all development. Play is spontaneous, unplanned and instinctive. Many animals used play as a way of leaning and Human children have the most to learn hence play most. Children must learn important skills in order to live happy, productive, socially acceptable lives and these skills are developed, learned and practised by children as they play, either on their own or in groups. These skills include the abilities to think creatively, to get along with other people and co- operate effectively, and to control their own impulses and emotions.

We can provide activities that support the development of these abilities. For example, we can’t teach a child to be creative, but we can support them with activities that help develop creative thinking. No two children will play in exactly the same way with the same toys. In their play and self-directed explorations and investigations, children create individual and unique mental views of the world around them and also of imaginary worlds. Creativity can be quashed by learning activities that focus not on children’s own investigations, explorations, views and thoughts, but focus instead on activities set by an imposed curriculum, this why free play is an essential part of development. Children are born with a...