At Educara and our inter-generational program partner V!Va Retirement Community, we strive to provide a safe, caring, learning environment for children, staff and families. We believe in the equality and respect diversity.

In order to achieve the above, it is imperative that each and every individual who is associated with our Educara abides by this Code of Conduct and conducts him/herself in a respectful manner. Educara expects that all adults and children within our centres be treated with dignity and respect. This includes directors, administrative staff, all other employees, children, parents, guardians, caregivers, and family members of children enrolled with our centres

This includes, but is not limited to:
• Board of Directors/Owners
• Educara Staff
• Students/Family members of students enrolled at Educara
• V!va staff
• Substitute Teachers and/or Volunteers
• Contractors/maintenance service providers
• Licensing coordinators and inspectors
• Delivery agents

We recognize the varying developmental capabilities of children and understand that it is normal for children to display inappropriate behaviour at times for a variety of reasons. The developmental capabilities of each child will always be considered when determining both expectations for appropriate behaviour and consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

*At Educara we follow these Guiding Principles: *
1. BE RESPECTFUL: We are respectful of ourselves and other people. We are respectful of the ideas and feelings of others. We solve our problems by talking and listening to each other respectfully to find a solution. We are respectful of the environment, equipment and materials.
2. BE RESPONSIBLE: We are responsible for our own actions and words. When problems arise, we use problem solving techniques to try to resolve the issue in a positive way.
3. BE SAFE: We work and play safely to help keep ourselves and others from getting hurt.
4. BE SUPPORTIVE OF LEARNING: We learn to the best of our abilities and support the learning of others.

We create a positive environment for children, parents, staff and others involved in our centre by:
1. Developing positive relationships, including making time to talk and listen.
2. Establishing clear, consistent limits, rules, procedures and policies.
3. Stating limits in a positive way and periodically reminding people.
4. Providing explanations for limits, rules, procedures and policies.
5. Modeling and encouraging appropriate behaviour; and
6. Working together in partnership to solve problems.

The following, while not limiting, are examples of unacceptable behaviour.

1. All forms of bullying: i.e., physical, verbal, emotional, social or cyber-bullying including comments, actions or visual displays that are intentional, hurtful and repetitive (i.e. hitting, pushing, name-calling, mocking, excluding someone, spreading rumours or gossip either in person or by using social networking internet sites);
2. Harassment: behaviour that degrades, demeans, humiliates or embarrasses someone (i.e., touching, name-calling, offensive jokes, yelling, etc.).
3. All forms of abuse: sexual, physical, or psychological (including verbally, in writing or otherwise).
4. Discrimination: against any person or group because of their race, colour, ancestry, nationality, place of origin, ethnic background, religion, age, sex, gender-determined characteristics, sexual orientation, marital or family status, source of income, political belief, and physical and mental disabilities.
5. Actions that put another person at risk of harm including violent or attempted violent physical acts (with or without a weapon) and threatening someone.

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Last modified: May 11, 2021