PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS SUPPORTING PARTICIPATION RIGHTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Children have the right to participate in all matters affecting them, freely expressing their opinion and having it respected and considered. Young children’s participation is key to developing a culture of human rights, democracy, and rule of law. Therefore, young people’s active participation and decision-making in society must be protected and encouraged from an early age. Even though children’s right to participate is key to education quality, its implementation in early childhood education (ECE) remains a challenge. To support high-quality ECE through the implementation of children’s right to participate, we propose a multilevel professional development approach.