Every child mattered in England: but what matters to children?

Meehan, C. (2015) Every child mattered in England: but what matters to children? Early Child Development and Care. ISSN 0300-4430.


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“Every Child Matters” under New Labour provided a framework for services for young children’s care and education. It was pushed aside by the Conservative led coalition and replaced by “More Great Childcare”. The UK as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and therefore has obligations for legislation, policy and curriculum, specifically with regard to children’s rights and participation. On the 25th anniversary of the UNCRC, in practice there may be different levels of participation employed to engage children’s views in the development of policy about them. This project set out to ask children about what “matters” to them. Ninety finalist Early Childhood Studies students worked as co-researchers in this project. Five themes are discussed highlighting the powerful thoughts and ideas of children. A range of ‘child-friendly’ methods were used to collect data from children including role-play, interviews, drawings and artefacts, and story-telling.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139.2 Early childhood education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Meehan
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 15:30
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13405

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