Code of Ethics
St Nicholas Early Education
In keeping with Early Childhood Australia's code of ethics, St Nicholas Early Educations recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been nurturing and teaching children on this land for thousands of years.
The code of ethics acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples traditional ways of being and caring for children.
Early Childhood Australia's code of ethics
Within Early Childhood Australia’s code of ethics are the principles established in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which was established in 1991 and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People which was established in 2007.
The core principle in the code of ethics is the vulnerability of children, and the huge responsibility this places on us as the early childhood professionals that care for them. By nature our role as early childhood educators is one of exceptional trust and vital influence over children, which also extends to the parents and into the larger community. The importance of the quality of relationships and interactions experienced by young children can not be overstated. This is why the code of ethics is such an important device and useful tool in ensuring our children receive care which allows them to grow and flourish in a positive and nurturing environment.
This code of ethics is not intended to be used as a textbook on interactions with children within a care setting, but rather serves as the measure for reflecting upon early educators' responsibility to the children we care for. It is the framework for guaranteeing the protection and wellbeing of children and empowers early childhood professionals to continue the tradition of strong advocacy for the rights and wellbeing of the children in our care. The code also informs and guides childcare professionals through many of the more sensitive aspects of caring for children and interacting with parents and guardians of all types.
The child-focused nature of the environment we create at our centres, and the extensive parental and community involvement which comes from our Reggio Emilia inspired approach fits in seamlessly with the best-practise guidelines of the code of ethics.
To read the entire Early Childhood Australia code of ethics, click here.
Integrity in the service of the Church
St Nicholas Early Education is also governed by a set of principles which predate the formation of the United Nations: Integrity in the Service of the Church.
Integrity in the Service of the Church encompasses five basic principles for workers associated with the Church: commitment to justice; treating all people with dignity and respect; commitment to safe and supportive relationships; supportive of those who are poor, alienated or maginalised; and strive for excellence.
Click here to read the entire Integrity in the Service of the Church document.