Staff Code of Conduct Policy
- Policy Statement
- Strategies for Implementation
- Legislation and Considerations
- Sources and Related Policies
1. POLICY STATEMENT
This policy relates to conduct within the care and education services.
Ethical conduct guides the behaviour and decisions within the care and education setting and is founded in respect for, and the valuing of children, families, educators and staff, and the extended service community.
The centre community will uphold the highest standards in ethical conduct in accordance with the ECA Code of Ethics (2010) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and service philosophy and policy.
2. STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION
- Educators and staff will be familiar with the legislation and statutory documents that apply to their role with children, families and other staff in the centre.
- Educators and staff will be familiar with the ECA Code of Ethics and service philosophy. This will guide conduct and decision making within the centre.
- Ethical conduct and decision making will occur with reference to legislation and statutory documents and through a process of critical reflection. Decision making processes will be clear and the Nominated Supervisor will be accountable for decisions and able to demonstrate how those decisions are made.
- The Committee of Management and Nominated Supervisor of the service ensure all Educators and staff are made aware of their obligations through personal discussions, staff meeting activities and opportunities to critically reflect upon ethical practice.
- The service community will work together in the best interests of the children and families and will act in a manner that will enhance the standing of the early childhood sector. This involves a full understanding of role responsibilities and obligations combined with collegial practice and collaborative decision making.
Educators, staff, students and volunteers in the service will conduct themselves in an ethical manner through clear processes in accordance with legislative and statutory guidelines.
4. LEGISLATION AND CONSIDERATIONS
- Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
- Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 – 168.
- National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care 2011 – 4.2.1.
5. SOURCES AND RELATED POLICIES
- ECA Code of Ethics (2006)
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
- Early Childhood Australia www.eca.com.au
- Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd (NSW) – www.ccccnsw.org.au
Policy adopted: 16 June 2014
For review: June 2016