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Ethical Responsibilities to Children, Families and the Wider Community

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NAEYC Code of Ethics

Section 1 – Ethical Responsibilities to Children

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Our paramount responsibility is to provide care and education in settings that are safe, healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each child.

 Contrary to what many people think about early childhood education that it is a simple job that only entails babysitting, I continue to clarify this misconception especially in my immediate community. Through research, I have collated documents that serve as a guide for our staff. The materials guide them in different situations. For example,  when they supervise children in the playground, lunchroom, hallways, classrooms;  acquire resources for children, and  interact with children thereby ensuring physical and emotional safety in their environment. In order to maintain nurturing and responsive attitudes in the early childhood setting at our school, I ensure that all early childhood staff understands the nature and culture of each child and his/her family. The clarity in guidelines and procedures provide  intentional, respectful, and caring interactions.  

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Section 2 – Ethical Responsibilities to Families

Because the family and the early childhood practitioner have a common interest in the child’s well-being, we acknowledge a primary responsibility to bring about communication, cooperation, and collaboration between the home and early childhood program in ways that enhance the child’s development.

Through creative means, I continue to build two-way communication between families and school. Through newsletters, blogs, and regular meetings, parents are updated with the developments in our center. Invitations to participate in the planning of some activities, to provide feedback with regard to the quality of care that we offer and to engage in activities with the children empower parents as collaborative partners in the education of their children. Moreover, through honest communication, families feel that their children are safe in our early childhood center.

network-358069_1280Section 4 – Ethical Responsibilities to Community and Society

Because of our specialized expertise in early childhood development and education and because the larger society shares responsibility for the welfare and protection of young children, we acknowledge a collective obligation to advocate for the best interests of children in early childhood programs and in the larger community and to serve as a voice for young children everywhere.

It is my desire to continue to expand my network in the early childhood setting. The interconnections enable me to be updated on the global issues. In addition, I can gather information that relate to the welfare and protection of the children and to participate in discussions where I can share and acquire knowledge that would be beneficial for the education of young children. The interests of the young children are pushed forward especially when action is necessary by bringing awareness to the larger community.

Source:

NAEYC. (2005, April). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment.

Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSETH05.pdf

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DEC Code of Ethics

II Professional Development and Preparation

Professionals acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with a variety of young children with disabilities, development, and learning, and enhancing family quality of life.

 As an early childhood advocate, it is imperative to serve the different needs of the children. In an inclusive learning community, I must continue to make sure that the skills I have acquired and will acquire will benefit the diverse needs of the challenged children. In addition to skills, I must exhibit the mental and emotional maturity to be responsive to the intricate demands of this work.

Source:

The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics.

Retrieved from http://www.dec-sped.org/

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Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

One thought on “Ethical Responsibilities to Children, Families and the Wider Community

  1. I applaud how much work are doing to engage families, newsletters, blogs, parent meeting etc. Family engagement is such an import of our work because we are a team trying to give this young child the best start to life his or hers little brain can achieve. We are partners with families.

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