At The Kids’ Club and The Little Kids’ Club we understand the children’s need for play, the freedom of choice and the play opportunities children want to have.
Playwork is our profession and we exist to support children’s right and need to play.
The United Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that sets out universally accepted rights for children. The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland agreed to obey the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 16 December 1991. There are 42 Articles in total all relating to the rights of children. In our profession, although we acknowledge them all, Article 31 is the main focus of our work.
Article 31 of the Convention states:
‘That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts’. In other words all children have the right to relax and play and to join in a wide range of activities.
For us to support this policy statement, we do our best to follow the Playwork Principles within our setting.
The Playwork Principles are held in trust for the UK Playwork Profession by a Scrutiny Group that acted as an honest broker overseeing the consultations through which they were developed (Endorsed by SkillsActive 2005)
They establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork, and describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people.
The Playwork Principles are based on the recognition that children and young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities.
Children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.
Our aim is to facilitate a wide range of play opportunities for the children; to provide a setting where children have the chance to experience the beauty that is play.
All procedures will be in place following good practice and legal requirements the Club has to maintain at all times.
If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact us.