Standard V: Professional Boundaries, Dual Relationships and Conflicts of Interests

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RE​CEs, by virtue of their professional role and responsibilities, hold positions of trust and responsibility with regard to children under their professional supervision. RECEs understand the importance of maintaining professional boundaries with children, families and colleagues. They are aware of dual relationships and identify and declare conflicts of interest when they arise and take action to prevent harm to children or their families.​ (Standard V: A, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice)

The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice provides the foundation of practice for all Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs). As the profession evolves, it's important to continually revisit the Code an​d Standards to ensure you understand your professional and ethical responsibilities and reflect on how you’re​ applying them in your daily practice.

This page will provide you with new resources, webinars led by subject matter leaders, videos, and more to inspire thinking and reinforce the following important practice elements:

  • Leadership
  • Relationships
  • Learning Environments
  • Pedagogic​al Approaches
  • Communication and Collaboration​

Snapshot of Standard V​​​​​

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​​​​​​This Month's Webinar: Managing personal and professional relationships​

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Discover Tracy Saarikoski RECE, who shares her experience on how to manage professional and personal profiles when it comes to boundaries and dual relationships.  ​


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Review Past #StandardsMatter Resources​​​​​

Icon opens Standard One: Caring and Responsive Relationships​​ Icon opens Standard Two: Curriculum and Pedagogy Icon opens Standard Three: Safety, Health and Well-Being Icon opens standard Four: Professionalism and Leadership Icon opens Standard Five: Professional Boundaries, Dual Relationships and Conflicts of Interests