Working with the ECA Code of Ethics

By Catharine Hydon



National Quality Standard
QA4Staffing arrangements
QA7Governance and Leadership
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
6Engage in professional learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Catharine Hydon
Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education and extensive experience in the sector.


The word ethics comes from the Greek word ethos meaning ‘character’ and is used to describe ways of being, thinking and acting based on a person’s values and virtues. A code of ethics, distinct from your own personal values, is a set of clearly defined and distinctive values and virtues regarded as important by a profession. It usually includes key statements and commitments that guide professionals about how to act in relation to those they work with.

This module, presented by Catharine Hydon, extends upon the revised ECA Code of Ethics and examines what it means to be ethical and how early childhood educators can use the Code of Ethics to strengthen relationships with children, families, colleagues, societies and the profession. This module also includes interviews with various early childhood educators and shows how they apply the ECA Code of Ethics into everyday situations.

Suitable for early childhood education and care professionals at all stages of their careers.


Duration: 1 hour