Acting Ethically: Exploring the ECA Code of Ethics


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National Quality Standard
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
QA7Governance and Leadership
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
6Engage in professional learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Catharine Hydon
Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector in Australia and overseas. Beginning as a teacher in a sessional kindergarten program, Catharine has gone on to manage a range of services for children and their families.


Choosing to act ethically is a defining feature of being an early childhood professional. It is the complex process of choosing between many right ways – there are often no simple or easy answers. These choices apply in equal measure to the relationships we have with children, families, the community, our colleagues and importantly to the way we understand ourselves and our profession.

As the dimensions of our practice change and the nature of community life become more complex, the need for an ethical framework to inform and shape our professional decisions becomes even more critical. The ECA Code of Ethics provides a guide to assist professionals to make wise decisions that build relationships and promote our shared values.  This webcast will introduce the ECA Code of Ethics and discuss how educators might use the Code to support their everyday decision making.

During the course we will explore:

  • What is ethics and its place in our work?
  • The dimensions of the ECA Code of Ethics and how the Code works.
  • The practice implications for acting in accordance with the ECA Code of Ethics
  • The ethical dilemmas and challenges of our work and how the ECA Code of Ethics can help us make better decisions.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes