Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice communicate the scope and nature of the early childhood education
profession. These standards convey certain expectations for which it is
reasonable to hold members of the profession accountable.
express a common set of ideals and aspirations for members of the
College, regardless of the early childhood education setting in which
they may practise.
The Code of Ethics reflects a core set of
beliefs and values of care, respect, trust and integrity. These beliefs
and values are fundamental to members of the profession and guide their
The College is pleased to publish case studies describing real experiences in the professional practice of early childhood educators. These cases were written by registered members of the College.
Case Study 1: Sarah’s Confusing Behaviour
Case Study 2: Accepting the Consequences
Case Study 4: No Qualified Staff
Case Study 5: Denton's Birthday Cupcakes
Case Study 6: In the Best Interest of the Children
Case Study 7: New Kid on the Block
Case Study 8: New Responsibilities and Challenges
Case Study 9: Valuing Inclusivity and Privacy
Case Study 10: Balancing Supervisory Responsibilities
Case Study 11: Once We Were Friends
The case studies may be used by members as a source for reflection and dialogue about the practice of early childhood educators within the framework of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The cases highlight the dilemmas and emotional tension associated with professional decision-making and action. Analyzing a case encourages College members to examine problem-focused issues from a variety of perspectives and to explore the implications of a range of decision-making options or solutions.
Members are encouraged to read and discuss cases as a shared professional learning experience with colleagues and as a way to gain an enhanced understanding of their practice and their broader professional community. The College encourages digital or hard copy reproduction of these publications providing full acknowledgement is given.
We welcome your questions and feedback! Please contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to share your thoughts with us.
The College has developed new vignettes to encourage RECEs to reflect on various practice issues related to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Similar to case studies, vignettes highlight dilemmas associated with professional decision-making and action and may be used as a professional learning resource.
Practice Matters features questions regarding the College and the early childhood education profession. Director of Professional Practice, Melanie Dixon RECE, addresses issues that members face and applies the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to various situations.
Do you have a professional practice question? E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Fall '15: Child development
Spring/Summer '15: Expectations of new RECEs
Winter '15: Conflicting views
Fall '14: No-Smoking policy
Spring/Summer '14: Establishing boundaries between professional and personal relationships
Fall '13: Using social media
Fall '12: Professional development and dual relationships
View Standards Development Process - Questions and Answers in PDF Format.
If you have any questions about the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice or any inquiries related to the practice of registered early childhood educators, please contact the Professional Practice Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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