Seeing Voices

Programme Introduction

Participation is a deliberate process put into place to give children the opportunity to express their views, influence decision making and achieve change. Participation is underpinned by a child rights approach.

The ‘Seeing Voices’ programme will give educators a sound framework from which to understand participation in the context of early childhood education and care.  A range of practical strategies and activities for engaging children and including them in decision making processes in the early childhood setting are included.

 The Resource Documents section contains printable handouts to support the programme content and a Certificate of Participation is saved to the educator profile on completion.


Programme Content

  • UN Convention on Rights of the Child
  • National Participation Framework 2021
  • Benefits to children, educators, organisations and the wider community
  • Engagement Enabling Strategies
  • Engagement through the eyes of the child
  • Practical everyday activities with children
Key Learning Outcomes
  1. To interpret the key legislative and policy drivers behind child participation
  2. To interpret the National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-making (DCEIY 2021)
  3. To understand the importance of participation for children, educators, organisations and the wider community
  4. To consider and implement a range of practical strategies to engage children’s participation and voice
  5. To explore participation through the eyes of the child.

A range of reference documents can be downloaded from your 'Reference Documents' section to support the information contained in the presentation. This includes a practical 'Participation Checklist' template to reflect on your practice around child participation. 

02 Hours


Presentation with video/audio

Easy to follow components

Downloadable reference documents

Test multiple choice questions

Certificate of Completion

Notes for the course

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