Our Work

Voice of the Baby

Our goal is to advance children’s rights to engage with and participate in arts and cultural experiences from birth and, through this, amplify young children’s agency and voice. Our youngest children are often those who are the least heard and the least able to access their rights. Babies and very young children realise their rights through lived experience. The arts offers opportunities for self expression, and communication helps young children realise their rights long before they can understand the language that describes them.

Starcatchers has a strategic role in advocating for the rights of babies, toddlers and young children to arts and cultural provision as set out in Article 31 of the UNCRC. Working collaboratively and extensively with partners in the third sector, education and health, we will work to ensure that access to arts and culture from birth, and throughout a child’s earliest years, is a national priority.