PACEY's code of ethics
All our members commit to taking an ethical approach to their childcare practice, policies and procedures and by providing a positive role model for children, parents and carers.
PACEY's Code of Ethics - Professional Values, Principles and Behaviour
All members of PACEY commit to meet the following principles and values.
As a member of PACEY I will uphold principles and values by taking an ethical approach to my childcare practice, policies and procedures and providing a positive role model for children, parents and carers. To achieve this, I will:
1 Follow and promote the principles for the children’s workforce.
- The welfare of the child is paramount.
- I contribute to children’s care, learning and development and this is reflected in every aspect of my practice.
- I work with parents, carers and families who are partners in the care, learning and development of their children and are the child’s first and most enduring educators.
2 Follow and promote the values of the children’s workforce.
- The needs, rights and views of the child are at the centre of my practice.
- Individuality, difference and diversity are valued and celebrated.
- Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice are actively promoted.
- Children’s health and well-being are actively promoted.
- Children’s personal and physical safety is safeguarded, whilst allowing for risk and challenge as appropriate to the capabilities of the child.
- Self-esteem, resilience and a positive self-image are recognised as essential to every child’s development.
- Confidentiality and agreements about confidential information are respected as appropriate unless a child’s protection and well-being are at stake.
- Professional knowledge, skills and values are shared appropriately in order to enrich the experience
of children more widely.
- Best practice requires reflection and a continuous search for improvement.
3 Make sure that my practice is in line with the following ethics.
- Honesty – being truthful, straightforward and sincere in my dealings with others.
- Integrity – acting in line with my beliefs and values, keeping to moral and ethical principles.
- Transparency – being open in my communication and prepared to explain myself.
- Reliability – being able to be relied on or dependable.
- Accountability – answerable for my decisions and actions.
- Confidentiality – not disclosing personal information to a third party, except where it is in the interests of children in my care.
- Objectivity – fairness to all parties and not taking sides.
- Respectfulness – valuing others views, beliefs and behaviour.
- Lawfulness – following relevant laws, regulations and guidelines.
- Reflection on my practice – carefully considering and monitoring what I do and why, to make sure that it is in the best interests of the children in my care.
4 Strive to provide a high quality childcare service that aims to support each child to achieve her or his potential.