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Codes of Ethics in the Early Childhood Field

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The Division for Early Childhood Code of Ethics

The Division of Early childhood Code of ethics Is broken down into four sections.  Three of the four sections are what I thought would be included; professional development and preparation, responsive family practices, and ethical and evidence based practices.  I was suppressed by the professional collaboration section of Professional Practice.  I agree it should be an important part of the code.  It is critical for a program to function at it’s fullest potential that the we as professional collaborate, honor, and respect our colleagues.

The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

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

NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment

I feel the Core values and Statement of Commitment written by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are great resources.  These two documents are quick resources that I would like to hang in my classroom as a reminder to myself and my staff of what really matters in our day.  This will help us rekindle our focus and purpose.

Core Values from the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education are based on commitment to the follow- ing core values that are deeply rooted in the history of the field of early childhood care and education. We have made a commitment to

• Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle

• Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn
• Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family

• Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture,* community, and society

• Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague)
• Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect

Statement of Commitment

As an individual who works with young children, I commit myself to furthering the values of early childhood education as they are reflected in the ideals and prin- ciples of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. To the best of my ability I will

  • Never harm children.
  • Ensure that programs for young children are based on current knowledge andresearch of child development and early childhood education.
  • Respect and support families in their task of nurturing children.
  • Respect colleagues in early childhood care and education and support them in maintaining the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Serve as an advocate for children, their families, and their teachers in commu- nity and society.
  • Stay informed of and maintain high standards of professional conduct.
  • Engage in an ongoing process of self-reflection, realizing that personal character-istics, biases, and beliefs have an impact on children and families.
  • Be open to new ideas and be willing to learn from the suggestions of others.
  • Continue to learn, grow, and contribute as a professional.
  • Honor the ideals and principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.

NAEYC. (2005, April). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSETH05.pdf
http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSETH05.pdf

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Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

6 thoughts on “Codes of Ethics in the Early Childhood Field

  1. Hi,
    I agree that NAYEC’s Code of Ethics and Commitment Statement serves as a reminder of the fact that early childhood matters. I think the one thing that stands out most in this course is that children’s development occurs within the context of relationships formed within their family, culture, communities, and society. I think I have embraced this and it will allow me to better understand the children and families that I work with.
    Shelia

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  2. Hello, I love the commitment code that states that we must “Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn.” If providers and teachers would plan based on this, they would be able to set realistic and obtainable goals for the children.

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  3. Hello, I feel that NAYEC’s Code of Ethics and Commitment Statement is a great way to see how the child is developing.

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  4. Wow “It is critical for a program to function at it’s fullest potential that the we as professional collaborate, honor, and respect our colleagues.” is such an incredible and strong statement. You are so right. I also want to keep these documents handy. I printed them out because I agree that they are a great reminder to have.

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  5. I find both the DEC and NAEYC codes of ethics to be very useful tools. I am a big supporter of families being involved in their child’s education and that educators make sure that each child’s culture, language, ethnicity, and family structure are recognized and supported, so was pleased to see those areas covered in the codes of ethics as well. I enjoyed reading your blog and liked how you set-up the information so it was easy to follow.

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  6. Hi Christina,
    I thoroughly enjoyed our journey together in this course. Thank you for replying to my blog posts and discussions. I appreciate and value the ideas you shared. Also, thank you for all you do in your work with young children and families. I wish you much success in your academic and professional journey as you strive in becoming a leader in the EC field. Hope to see you in future courses and on the blog.
    Shelia

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