The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Creative Arts

Hi my name is Roisin Donnelly and I am a Student in Life Long Learning at IT Carlow and I am currently conducting a piece of research as part of a Masters in Leadership in Early Childhood Education in the Early Years. I have chosen to base my research on Children's Right in Creative Arts in early childhood and i am interested to find out how Early Years Practitioners support Children's Rights when engaging in Creative Art activities in every day practice and to address if more training regarding Children's Rights  (UNCRC) is required. My research is underpinned by Articles 3, 12 and 31 of the UNCRC. Most young children in Ireland are now receiving a pre-school experience of at least 10 months duration, with 96% of three-year-old children accessing the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme  (Government of Ireland, 2018). Many more children now have an even greater opportunity to benefit from the arts expereinces with the extension of the ECCE scheme to children of two years and eight months. Raising awareness of the fundamental value and benefits that creative arts experiences offer in enhancing children's lives will be central to ensuring equality of access to creative arts for all children. 
 
The following are the full Articles of 3, 12 and 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;
 
Article 3 1. In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration. 2. States Parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being, taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians, or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures. 3. States Parties shall ensure that the institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health, in the number and suitability of their staff, as well as competent supervision.

 Article 12 1. States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child. 2. For this purpose, the child shall in particular be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law.
 
Article 31 1. States Parties recognize the right of the child 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. 2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

The questionnaire asks you about beliefs, opinions and personal experiences of supporting and engaging in Creative Arts in Early Years Services. Although the questionnaire will ask you about personal opinions you will not be identified this questionnaire is completely anonymous. The data collected will be stored in accordance with the data management policy of IT Carlow, including archiving of the anonymous data. these policies are available on the IT Carlow website at
 https://www.itcarlow.ie/public/userfiles/files/Ethics-Research-Policy-V7.pdf
There are no known risks for participating in the study and approval for the study has been granted by the Research Ethics Committee of IT Carlow. Participation is completely voluntary, and if at any point you decide you want to withdraw from the questionnaire or don't want to continue, you don't have to. However, please bare in mind that once you have clicked the "Submit" button you cannot withdraw as the survey is anonymous. When the study is complete I will analyse the data for my MA dissertation; the results may also be shared at conferences or as a journal article, the summary of which would be available online.  The survey should take approximately 15-17 minutes to complete. If you have and questions about the study, please contact me by email at C00164758@itcarlow.ie or you can contact my dissertation supervisor Maeve Dempsey at Maeve.Dempsey@itcarlow.ie

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* 1. What level of qualification do you hold?

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* 2. Did you receive any educational training regarding Children's Rights within QQI training or degree level programmes? If yes please explain below

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* 3. What year did you qualify?

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* 4. What pedagogy do you work from?

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* 5. Do you think your pedagogy is underpinned by Human Rights?
Please elaborate on your answer

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* 6. UNCRC Article 31- Leisure, recreation and cultural activities 
"State parties recognize the right of the child 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"  

What does that statement mean to you?

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* 7. Which of the following would you categorize within creative arts?

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* 8. What do you feel is the difference between Product Art and Process Art?

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* 9. How do you encourage children to participate in planned activities if they are showing no interest?

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* 10. Do you consider creative art to be an important aspect of early childhood development?

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* 11. Do you believe the use of templates plays a role in preparing children for school? 
Please explain your answer considering the importance of creativity and learning. 

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* 12. UNCRC Article 3-  Best Interest of the Child "In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by the public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration." 

How do you feel creative arts support the best interest of the children?

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* 13. Would you suggest that the preschool year should be more structured, state why for your answer

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* 14. Do you find yourself rearranging children's art work out of habit?

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* 15. When it comes to art materials and junk art.

Do you

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* 16. UNCRC Article 12 - The Child's Opinion 
"States parties shall ensure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own view the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child" 

Would you agree or disagree with this statement in relation to children participating in planned activities that provide learning opportunities that is seen to enhance their development? 


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* 17. Does the child have the right to refuse to participate in planned learning experiences?
Please explain below

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* 18. Do you feel there is not enough training in relation to Children's Rights?

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* 19. Do you think training in Children's Rights should be mandatory?
Please explain 

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