EEP417 Rights of the Child (8)

This subject will provide an understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, with particular reference to its implications for early childhood education and care. The subject will critically examine children's rights to provision, protection and participation in early childhood settings, local communities and national policies. Images of children and childhood, current practices in the early childhood education field and relevant policies are explored through the lens of children's rights. The role of early childhood educators as advocates for children as independent bearers of rights is examined.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Northern Sydney Institute
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEP417. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) or as approved by the respective Course Coordinators or Course Director.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the content and scope of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and implications for and of public policy related to early childhood;
  • reflect upon contemporary images of children and childhood and evaluate how these support or hinder the enactment of children's rights;
  • critically reflect upon the content and scope of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the implications for the experiences of children in early childhood settings;
  • gain a critical awareness of the various factors that contribute to the violation of children's rights, including political, cultural and economic discrimination and / or marginalisation;
  • discern the interrelationship between the legal responsibilities and ethical stances of educators and recognition of children's rights; and
  • use the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a reference point for advocacy and decision making to ensure the rights of the child are acknowledged and respected in their settings and in their communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Children's provision, protection and participation rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Contemporary images of children and childhood and the construction of children's agency.
  • Laws and policies relevant to the enactment of children's rights.
  • Conditions which threaten and facilitate the recognition of children's rights within early childhood education and care settings and their communities.
  • The ethical and legal dimensions of early childhood educators' work with regard to children's rights.
  • Educators as advocates for children's rights.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEP417 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Forum postings
Reflective essay
Ethical dilemma discussion & essay

Special Resources

For this subject students require a laptop computer and/or appropriate mobile device.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.