The Bristol Baby Rights

The Bristol Baby Rights journey

In 2017 a working party made up of early years practitioners, teachers and members of Bristol’s Early Years Team met to discuss findings from a research project carried out in baby rooms in private nurseries across Bristol. The project involved interviews with Baby Room leaders and observations of Baby Room practice and inspired the team to bring together what they felt was their ‘image of the baby’ and discussions around what the rights of babies in day care settings might be.

 

Early findings and the emerging Baby rights were shared at the 9th Baby Room Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University and were shared in an article in Nursery World.

You can hear an audio recording of the presentation here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/our-work/research-enterprise/research-centre-for-children-families-communities/baby-room/baby-room-conferences.aspx

The Bristol Baby Rights:

  • Babies have the right to a loving, significant relationship.
  • Babies have the right to be responded to individually.
  • Babies have the right for their voice to be respected.
  • Babies have the right to an inspiring education.
  • Babies have the right to make decisions for themselves, take risks and be challenged.
  • Babies have the right to mindful care.
  • Babies have the right to be valued as unique individuals.
  • Babies have the right to natural light and to space, inside and outside.
  • Babies have the right to consistent care and education.
  • Babies have the right to advocates.
  • Babies have the right to experience natural space- to be under the sky.
  • Babies have the right to be active citizens in their community.
  • Babies have the right to have their feelings acknowledged.
  • Babies have the right to belong to a family and feel safe from harm.
  • If babies are part of an early years setting, then they have the right to the very best.

The journey continued as we ran consultations  with other Baby room practitioners, Childminders, Lead Teachers and Early Years consultants. The Baby Rights have informed the development of Bristol’s Baby Practitioner Network, our CPD programme, and have been revisited in light of the experience of babies and young families during lockdown. Reports such as Building Back Better https://parentinfantfoundation.org.uk/our-work/campaigning/babies-in-lockdown/ have highlighted the importance of  babies right ‘to have advocates’ and we aim for Bristol’s Baby Rights to provoke and inform conversations and welcome your feedback as the journey continues: