The field of early childhood education recruits staff from a wide range of backgrounds and education. But regardless of varying experiences, all child care workers should adhere to a high code of ethics as they nurture and care for young children.
Children and Families
Child care workers must recognise and respect the value and intrinsic worth of each child and family, regardless of economic or social background. All children and families deserve respect and understanding. Child care workers are responsible for nurturing and educating young children as well as providing information and support to parents, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Child care workers should seek to improve their understanding of the development of young children through ongoing education and collaboration with colleagues. By attending conferences and classes, child care workers raise their level of professionalism and expertise in the field. Child care workers may also teach classes and participate in community events and legislation.
Laws and Licensing
Child care workers have a responsibility to understand and adhere to all laws and licensing regulations. They also have a responsibility to report any suspicions of child abuse to authorities.