Confucian values form the core of the Chinese culture, penetrating all levels of social life, and also set
the standards for family, community and political behavior. The teaching of values is deemed to be an
important aspect of young children’s education and usually the responsibility for this is seen to rest with
the family. Much interest has been generated recently on the teaching of core values in early childhood
curriculum in order to encourage tolerance, acceptance, trust, openness, and honesty in children.
Research on Confucianism is popularly conducted in different cultural contexts all over the world.
Furthermore research has shown that Confucianism continues to exert a major influence on the everyday
lives of Asian communities. Given the interest in Confucian values, this research study was designed to
examine the expressed views of three cohorts of professionals in Hong Kong about the preservation of
such values and their application to early childhood teaching. This study confirmed the view that there is
a need to preserve cultural values to enable the child to be accepted in the society, especially with the
value of ‘Ren’ helping one to learn how to interact with others and with the value of ‘Li’ further defining
the appropriate behaviour in this interaction.