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.