Working with the ECA Code of Ethics

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Coming from the Greek word ethos meaning ‘character’, the word ethics describes ways of being, thinking and acting based on one’s values and virtues. A code of ethics, by extension, is a set of clearly defined and distinctive values and virtues collectively regarded as important by members of a profession. It includes key statements and commitments that guide professionals on how to act in relation to their work and those they work with.

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. The course includes interviews with various early childhood educators, showing how they apply the ECA Code of Ethics in everyday situations.

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Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with a range of organisations and governments to articulate quality and inspire change. Along with a master’s degree in early childhood education, Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector. She began her career as a teacher in a kindergarten program and went on to lead a range of services and projects.

Catharine’s involvement in the sector is an important part of her commitment to positive outcomes for children, and she draws on her experience and research to consider how theory connects to and informs practice. She specialises in early childhood practice and pedagogy, quality improvement as well as policy and governance. She also focuses on the delivery of integrated services to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Catharine is a long-time member of ECA. She is a regular contributor to ECA publications and has just concluded her role as the Co-chair of ECA’s Reconciliation Advisory Group. Catharine was also a member of the ECA Code of Ethics Working Group for the past two reviews, and she co-authored the Ethics in Action implementation guide.

As a dynamic speaker and collaborative facilitator, Catharine is skilled at engaging professionals in reflective dialogue and creative conversations.

Learning outcomes

In this course, you will:

  • be introduced to the key elements of the ECA Code of Ethics
  • examine how the code can help you with ethical challenges in your work
  • unpack each principle of the code
  • reflect on how to consider ethical decision making as a part of your everyday practice with children.

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Additional information

Presented by

Links to the National Quality Standard


Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


Course Duration

60 minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework

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