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The ECA Code of Ethics is a set of statements about appropriate and expected behaviour of early childhood professionals

Designed especially for early childhood education and care environments, and based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1991) the ECA Code of Ethics reflects current pedagogical research and practice, providing a framework for reflection about the ethical responsibilities of early childhood professionals who work with or on behalf of children and families in early childhood settings.

Early Childhood Australia recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been nurturing and teaching children on this land for thousands of years. The ECA Code of Ethics acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional ways of being and caring for children.

This Code is not intended to, and could not possibly provide easy answers, formula, or prescriptive solutions for the complex issues early childhood professionals face in their work. As an aspirational document, it does provide a basis for critical reflection, a guide for professional behaviour, and principles to inform individual and collective decision-making.

Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics publications



Ethics in Action: A practical guide to implementing the ECA Code of Ethics

This easy-to-use practical guide is suitable for all educators, managers, leaders and childhood professionals caring for children from birth to 12 years of age. This essential  guide to the ECA Code of Ethics clearly explains what a ‘code of ethics’ means in everyday practice. With case studies, scenarios and provocations to help guide you in your everyday ethical implementation.

ECA Code of Ethics Brochure

Outlines ECA’s Code of Ethics in easy-to-follow point form. Click here to access a printable version of the ECA Code of Ethics brochure. The printed Code of Ethics Brochure can be purchased here.

ECA Code of Ethics A1 Poster

Sets out the ECA Code of Ethics in clear print and is suitable for display on notice boards in ECEC centres and early childhood training environments. The Code of Ethics Poster can be purchased here.


ECA Code of Ethics Professional Learning

Working with the ECA Code of Ethics

This course, presented by Catharine Hydon,
delves into the ECA Code of Ethics and examines
what it means to be ethical. It also explores how
early childhood educators can use the code to
strengthen relationships with children, families,
colleagues, communities and the profession.

Acting Ethically: Exploring the ECA Code of Ethics

Acting ethically is a defining feature of being an
early childhood professional. Choosing between
many right ways is a complex process, as there
are often no simple or easy answers. This course
introduces the ECA Code of Ethics and discusses
how it can support everyday decision-making.