PRINCIPLES AND VALUES FOR CHILDCARE WORKERS 1. THE WELFARE OF THE CHILD The welfare of the child is paramount. Children’s opinions should be listened to. Behaviour management should emphasise positive expectations. A child should never be shaken, slapped, smacked or humiliated. 2. KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE Preventing accidents. Protect health. Sticking to emergency procedures. Protection of children from abuse. 3. WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS/ FAMILIES Workers must not try and take over a parents’ role inappropriately. Parents/ families should be treated as an expert on their own child. Wishes should be complied with where possible. Share information with parents. Respect for culture. 4. CHILDREN’S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT Children learn most in their early years, therefore care and education at this stage is very important. Children should be offered a range of activities to encourage their development in different areas. Planned activities should show high expectations and build on children’s achievements and interests. Child- initiated play / activities should be valued. Records of progress kept and shared with parents. 5. EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY Children should be treated as individuals. Stereotyping should be avoided. Workers should demonstrate valuing of children’s racial/ other characteristics to develop self-esteem. Should extend to other staff, parents etc. 6. ANTI-DISCRIMINATION Workers should not discriminate and should encourage children to avoid prejudice. 7. CELEBRATING DIVERSITY Contributions made to society from different cultural groups should be shown in a positive light. Children should be helped to develop a sense of cultural/ social/ racial identity and learn about others. No one group should be presented as superior. 8. CONFIDENTIALITY Information should only passed on in the interest of protecting the children, or with the permission of the family. Information about other workers should also be treated in a confidential manner. 9. WORKING WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS Advice and support should be sought. Information should be shared when necessary. Respect should be shown for the roles of other professionals. 10. THE REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONER Reflect on practices and use this information to develop. Seeking advice and support should be seen as a positive action. Opportunities for training/ development should be maximised.