“Education is a life long process that begins well before the structured learning environment at school. My philosophy of Early Childhood Education is based on a belief that highly structured, adult-directed, formal educational settings are not ideally suited to the learning needs of most very young children.
For the very young, learning is an integral part of their every day lives … a natural state that is all-too-soon replaced with the more organised forms of learning that most of us relate to. With this in mind, we aim to design our environment and programs so that learning is encouraged to be the engaging and meaningful process that it should be for young people.”
The Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) Code Of Ethics is a good reference for what ethical behavoiur in the early Childhood industry should look like. The potential for conflict of interest within a service run for profit is very real and must be managed openly and transparently.
UNICEF The Rights and Responsibilities of the Child
United Nations Statement of The Rights and Responsibilities of the Child talks about the rights of children everywhere as being connected … all of us are part of the global community and have obligations to be aware of, to care about children everywhere. A consequence is that our curriculum looks to teach an awareness of the world community and to understand and value diversity.
The National Quality Framework (NQF) is designed to enforce and maintain a standard of quality education and care in all early childhood service nationwide. The NQF is made up of several components, including the national quality standard, the education and care services national regulations, National Legislation and the early years learning framework.