Acting Ethically: exploring the ECA Code of Ethics


Presenter: Catharine Hydon
Cost: $38.50


Choosing to act ethically is a defining feature of being an early childhood professional. It is the complex process of choosing between many right ways – there are often no simple or easy answers. These choices apply in equal measure to the relationships we have with children, families, the community, our colleagues and importantly to the way we understand ourselves and our profession. 

As the dimensions of our practice change and the nature of community life become more complex the need for an ethical frame to inform and shape our professional decisions becomes even more critical. The ECA Code of Ethics provides a guide to assist professionals to make wise decision that build relationships and promote our shared values. This Webinar will introduce the ECA Code of Ethics and discuss how educators might use the Code to support their everyday decsision making. 

During the session we will explore: 

• What is ethics and its place in our work? 

The dimensions of the ECA Code of Ethics and how the Code works. 

• The practice implications for acting in accordance with the ECA Code of Ethics 

• The ethical dilemmas and challenges of our work and how the ECA Code of Ethics can help us make better decisions.  

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Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon is an early childhood consultant who has extensive experience in the early childhood sector in Australia and overseas. Beginning as a teacher in a sessional kindergarten program, Catharine has gone on to manage a range of services for children and their families. Catharine has a Masters in Early Childhood Education specialising in early childhood practice, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services and the exploration of innovative programs to engage vulnerable children and their families. 

Catharine’s involvement in the early childhood field is an important part of her commitment to the sector.  She is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and served as a Director on the National Board of ECA for 6 years until October 2011.  She currently serves as the Co-chair of the Reconciliation Advisory group for ECA. 

Catharine is a dynamic speaker and is skilled at engaging professionals in professional dialogue and reflective conversations.


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