Code of Ethics

ECA’s Code of Ethics core principles

The core principles in this code are based on the fundamental and prized values of the profession. They act to guide decision making in relation to ethical responsibilities. These core principles require a commitment to respect and maintain the rights and dignity of children, families, colleagues and communities.

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  • Each child has unique interests and strengths and the capacity to contribute to their communities.
  • Children are citizens from birth with civil, cultural, linguistic, social and economic rights.
  • Effective learning and teaching is characterised by professional decisions that draw on specialised knowledge and multiple perspectives.
  • Partnerships with families and communities support shared responsibility for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.
  • Democratic, fair and inclusive practices promote equity and a strong sense of belonging.
  • Respectful, responsive and reciprocal relationships are central to children’s education and care.
  • Play and leisure are essential for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.
  • Research, inquiry and practice-based evidence inform quality education and care.

Why should I purchase the ECA Code of Ethics?

This is a peer-reviewed, quality assured publication and has been designed especially for our sector. Ideally, each staff member will have their own copy to refer to and as it has been priced to recover costs (not for profit) may help with your professional accountability. ECA (formally known as the Australian Early Childhood Association) started its Code of Ethics over 28 years ago and this new version is the first to accommodate changes in our sector including the National Quality Framework and National Quality Standard, ensuring that this up-to-date Code of Ethics promotes inclusive practice.

Order printed copies of the Code of Ethics brochures and Code of Ethics A1 posters.

Other Resources

A variety of resource materials which relate to the Code of Ethics are available through the ECA Shop, a few of note are: