Our Code of Ethics

Because quality care requires a commitment to our community.

At Happy Valley Community Children’s Centre, we’re more than just a care provider. We are a welcoming community that is committed to maintaining the highest standards of care, understanding, inclusivity and opportunity.

To maintain our commitment to exceeding in all areas of care and community, our team is devoted to upholding and adhering to the Code of Ethics as described by Early Childhood Australia, based on the fundamental and prized values of our profession.

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The Vision

Professionals who adhere to this Code of Ethics act in the best interests of all children and work collectively to ensure that every child is thriving and learning.

In relation to children, I will:

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Children playing sand

In relation to the profession I will:

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In relation to colleagues, I will:

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Teacher digging sand with children

In relation to families, I will:

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In relation to community and society, I will:

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Core Principles

The core principles in this Code of Ethics 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.

CORE PRINCIPLE 1

Each child has unique interests and strengths and the capacity to contribute to their communities.

CORE PRINCIPLE 2

Children are citizens from birth with civil, cultural, linguistic, social and economic rights.

CORE PRINCIPLE 3

Effective learning and teaching is characterised by professional decisions that draw on specialised knowledge and multiple perspectives.

CORE PRINCIPLE 4

Partnerships with families and communities support shared responsibility for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

CORE PRINCIPLE 5

Democratic, fair and inclusive practices promote equity and a strong sense of belonging.

CORE PRINCIPLE 6

Respectful, responsive and reciprocal relationships are central to children’s education and care.

CORE PRINCIPLE 7

Play and leisure are essential for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

CORE PRINCIPLE 8

Research, inquiry and practice-based evidence inform quality education and care.

For more information about our Code of Ethics or to learn more about Early Childhood Australia please visit their website: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/