Honoring Children’s Rights in The Early Childhood Classroom [Webinar]

In this webinar, we welcomed Madeleine Hutchison, RECE, MA Early Childhood Studies. Maddie discussed how honoring and empowering children’s rights in early childhood education and care is crucial in providing a healthy development in the first 5 years of life. Maddie provides our audience with tips on how to create a rights-respecting environment and ways to empower children in the classroom.

🎤Our Special Guest!

Madeleine Hutchison, BASc Child, Youth & Family

🧪Key Learning Outcomes From Madeleine

Children’s four core rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child

• Article 2: Right to Non- Discrimination

• Article 3: Best Interests of The Child

• Article 6: The Right to Survival and Development

• Article 12: The right to form and express their views freely in all matters affecting the child

How to create a rights-respecting environment in the classroom

• Rights Respecting Language
• Child participation in decision making
• Model consent 
• Respect bodily autonomy 
• Child-led learning

Model Consent 

• “Can I pick you up?”
• “I have to move your body because….”
• “Can I take a photo of your artwork?”
• Teach simple words like “no” & “stop” and demonstrate active listening to these words 
• Teach children to ask permission and never force a child to hug, kiss or touch anybody


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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.


  • Carol Berger-Nugent says:

    Hello, I attended the Zoom workshop on Children’s Rights on July 29, 2021 and don’t know how to get my certificate. I am a ECE teacher, not a director or owner. Could you help me please?

    Carol Berger-Nugent

  • Alice says:

    Hi Ria I also attended the July webinar and have tried several times to get my certificate I am not able to access it. I dont mind screen shoting my notes to show that I was on if you wish. I actually never thought of reaching out to you until I saw these gals emails to you. Any help is appreciated Thank you Alice

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