Acting Ethically: Exploring the ECA Code of Ethics

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Acting ethically is a defining feature of being an early childhood professional. Choosing between many right ways is a complex process, as there are often no simple or easy answers. Our choices affect in equal measure the relationships we have with others—children, families, the community, our colleagues—and the way we understand ourselves and our profession.

As the dimensions of our practice change and the nature of community life becomes more complex, the need for an ethical framework to inform and shape our professional decisions becomes even more critical. The ECA Code of Ethics can serve as a guide to assist early childhood professionals in making wise decisions that build relationships and promote shared values. This course introduces the ECA Code of Ethics and discusses how it can support everyday decision-making.

This course explores:

  • what ethics is and what place it has in the work of early childhood professionals
  • 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 early childhood work
  • how the ECA Code of Ethics can help early childhood professionals make better decisions.

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If you’re based in the ACT, this package is a 2-hour TQI Accredited professional learning program.

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.

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Additional information

Presented by

Links to the National Quality Standard


Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


Course Duration

2 hours

Australian Qualifications Framework


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