Being ethical involves thinking about everyday actions and decision making, either individually or collectively, and responding with respect to all concerned. The Code of Ethics recognises that childhood professionals are in a unique position of trust and influence in their relationships with children, families, colleagues and the community, therefore professional accountability is vital.
Early childhood professionals have a strong history of advocating on behalf of children and their families. The revised Code of Ethics builds on this tradition by making explicit the ethical responsibility to take action in the face of injustice and when unethical practice occurs.
The Code of Ethics is intended for use by all early childhood professionals who work with or on behalf of children and families in early childhood settings.