The Right Respecting Settings Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of preschool’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.
A three year qualitative study by researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton found that "The RRSA has had a profound effect on the majority of the schools involved in the programme."
The universality of the UNCRC provides a clear link for pupils between building up their rights-respecting school, understanding their rights and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere.
The UNCRC consists of 54 articles. A ‘child’ is defined as every human being below the age of 18.
The key provisions are:
- The right to a childhood (including protection from harm)
- The right to be educated (including all girls and boys completing primary school)
- The right to be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care)
- The right to be treated fairly (which includes changing laws and practices that discriminate against children)
- The right to be heard (which includes considering children's views)
We were awarded with our RRSA Level 1 in 2012, and have found the implementation of working practices with the UNCRC at our core has helped develop a harmonious, nurturing environment for all. The children have developed not only an understanding of 'respect' but also of their own self-worth, and that children all over the world have these rights. Using ‘Respectful Rupert’ as well as Key Person mascots we are able to incorporate learning about respectful behaviour in our everyday play activities.
Since then we have been busy getting to know children from rural Tanzania, to whom we donated a collection of writing materials; and each October our families contribute to the Romanian Shoe Box Appeal that provides a box of items over the Christmas period to families living in poverty. We have been able to spend some grant money we were awarded on a new sand tray, water tray, painting station and balance beam (all requested by the children). We have also revamped our outdoor quiet area with comfortable seats and a mark making table.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
If you are interested in learning more and perhaps in becoming a parent's champion for RRSA please mention this to any of the staff team.
We are open from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. We cater for children aged from 2 years to 5 years, offering all day, morning and afternoon sessions.Read more
The Secret Garden have experienced, caring and enthusiastic members of staff that are trained suitably with childcare qualifications or are working towards them.Read more
For further information or to book an open day please contact our Pre-School Administrator, Anna Goldingay on 07759 582307 (Part Time)Or Request a Call Back
The Secret Garden Pre-School has earned an Early Years Rights Respecting Setting Status Level 1!Read more