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Nanny Education Organisation of New Zealand
Code of Professional Practice and Conduct

Introductory Statement:
The Nanny Education Organisation of New Zealand Incorporated, (NEONZ), is the Course Owner of the New Zealand Certificate in Nanny Education Curriculum (Level 5). Eight tertiary providers in Aotearoa New Zealand are currently[1] accredited in terms of Section 261 of the Education Act to deliver this one-year, full-time, NEONZ programme. Graduates of this programme receive the New Zealand Certificate in Nanny Education (NZCNE).

Purpose:
The purpose of a NEONZ graduate code of professional practice and conduct is to inform prospective employers and the wider community and of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that a NEONZ graduate will have demonstrated in order to receive the NZCNE. As a NEONZ nanny educator the graduate is expected to have a moral commitment to the professional and relate to colleagues, families, wh?nau, infant, toddlers, young children and the wider community in an ethically appropriate manner.

1. Professional knowledge in practice.
The NEONZ graduate will:

  • Adhere to current Ministerial legislative requirements[2] as a home-based nanny educator.
  • Develop and articulate clearly one’s own professional philosophy, based on informed decision making, in line with current NEONZ curriculum content.
  • Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Plan and implement an appropriate learning environment in a manner that demonstrates sound pedagogical knowledge and understanding pertaining to the care and education of infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate documentation of children’s daily routines and experiences.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional learning and personal development.

2. Professional relationships and core values[3] in practice.
The NEONZ graduate will:

  • Develop responsive, reciprocal, respectful relationships with colleagues, families, wh?nau, infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Demonstrate a respect for inclusive practice and family diversity.
  • Take all reasonable steps to provide and maintain an environment that is physically, socially, culturally, emotionally and spiritually safe.
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Maintain and respect confidentiality and privacy in relation to colleagues, families, wh?nau, infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Demonstrate integrity, trustworthiness and reliability in all settings.

Reference List:

Feeney, S. (2010, March). Ethics today in early care and education: Review, reflection and the future. Young Children. 72-77.

Bibliography:

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council. (2003). Code of professional conduct for nurses in Australia. Retrieved May 4, 2011, from www.anmc.org.au

New Zealand Teachers Council. ( ). Code of ethics for registered teachers in New Zealand. Retrieved May 4, 2011, from www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz

New Zealand Teachers Council. (2010). Registered teacher criteria. Retrieved March, 28, 2011, from www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz


[1] As at May 2011
[2] Graduates who are employed overseas will also need to acquire knowledge of and adhere to current Ministerial legislative requirements in their country of employment.
[3] These core values are defined as fundamental beliefs that are embraced by the early childhood profession because they contribute to society. They are at heart of the nanny educator’s moral commitment to the profession (Feeney, 2010).