The Association for Childhood Education International, organizers of the “Decade for Childhood” campaign, have formulated Ten Pillars of a Good Childhood. The pillars can be used to analyze the quality of care offered to children at home and in educational settings and serve as a guide for policies related to early childhood and education.
The 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood are:
- Safe and secure places for living and learning and access to health care, clothing, and nutritious food.
- Strong families and loving, consistent caregivers.
- Social interactions and friendship.
- Creative play and physical activity.
- Appreciation and stewardship of the natural environment.
- Creative expression through music, dance, drama, and other arts.
- Education that develops the full capacities of the child — cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and ethical.
- Supportive, nurturing, child-friendly communities.
- Growing independence and decision making.
- Children and youth participating in community life.