Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (2017) came into effect on July 1, 2017. All registered early childhood educators (RECEs) were mailed a copy. The 2017 edition replaces the original version, published in 2011.
The new Code and Standards reflects many significant changes the profession has undergone since 2011. It places greater emphasis on leadership, relationships, well-being, learning environments, current pedagogical approaches and the value of communication and collaboration. It also provides more clarity on use of the protected title, the duty to report and dual relationships, and addresses the use of technology.
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice sets out the professional knowledge, skills, values and expectations applicable to all registered early childhood educators (RECEs) regardless of role and the setting in which they may practise. It also communicates to RECEs and the public the scope and nature of the profession. As regulated professionals, RECEs are expected to act with integrity and adhere to the
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice at all times within their workplace and the community.
The Code of Ethics sets out the ethical values that guide the professional practice of RECEs. The ethics are:
The Standards of Practice outline the expectations regarding knowledge, skills and actions in six key areas. The standards are:
Each of the six Standards of Practice has three elements:
Principle– serves as an important summary of each standard and offers key highlights of the knowledge and practice sections from each standard.
Knowledge– identifies the knowledge related to each standard that RECEs must have in order to practise the profession
Practice– the skills, actions and behaviours related to each standard that RECEs must demonstrate in order to practise the profession
The four ethics and six professional standards are interconnected, and taken together, they support RECEs in using their professional judgement and making ethical decisions in their daily practice.
All RECEs are legally required to adhere to
By-law 39: Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. They are also legally required to adhere to the regulations made under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 that include the Professional Misconduct Regulation and the Continuous Professional Learning Regulation. The Code and Standards and related regulations, serve as the basis upon which RECEs are held accountable for their practice and to the public.
Numerous resources from the College illustrate the meaning and purpose of the
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. They are also a source for reflection and dialogue about the practice of RECEs. Resources include professional advisories, practice guidelines, case studies, vignettes, reflection and discussion guides, webinars and video resources.
Please note: Many of the College’s publications and resources reference statements from the 2011 version of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Revisions will be made to certain resources to reflect the second edition of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (2017). Stay tuned!
All RECEs have been mailed a copy of the second edition of the
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (2017).
You can also download for free a copy of the document
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As part of its strategic priorities, the College of Early Childhood Educators reviewed By-law 21, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. For more information, click
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