Examining the NAEYC Codes of Ethical Conduct (NAEYC, 2005).
The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct (NAEYC, 2005) gives guidance to Early Childhood Professionals for responsible conduct in responding to ethical dilemmas.
I live the Statement of Commitment which represents my willingness to embrace the distinctive values and moral obligations of the field of early childhood care and education (NAEYC, 2005).
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 principles 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 and research of child development and early childhood education.
- Respect and support families in their tasks 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 community and society.
- Stay informed of and maintain high standards of professional conduct.
- Engage in an ongoing process of self-reflection, realizing that personal characteristics, 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).
There are Ideals and Principals under each of the Codes Sections in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct (NAEYC, 2005).
Section 1 id the Ethical Responsibilities to Children (NAEYC, 2005). Explains the importance of childhood’s unique and valuable stage in the human life cycle (NAEYC, 2005). As an early childhood educator it is my job to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment to my students.
The ideal that stands out to me is:
I-1.3-To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child (NAEYC, 2005).
Each of my students are unique and it is my job to discover their interests and abilities and build upon them.
The principle in this section that stands out to me is:
P-1.1-Above all, we shall not harm children. We shall not participate in practices that are emotionally damaging, physically harmful, disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, or intimidating to children. This principle has precedence over all others in this Code.
As an early childhood educator I will never harm or in any way make my students feel degraded in my presence.
P-1.2- We shall care for and educate children in positive emotional and social environments that are cognitively stimulating and that support each child’s culture, language, ethnicity, and family structure (NAEYC, 2005).
I want each of my students to feel a positive climate in my classroom and know that they are respected and supported in their unique family culture.
Section II is Ethical Responsibilities to Families (NAEYC, 2005).
The Ideal in this section that stands out to me is:
1-2.2-To develop relationships of mutual trust and create partnerships with the families we serve (NAEYC, 2005).
I feel strongly that it is important to develop trusting, supportive relationships with my families that helps to build a partnership.
The principle that stands out to me is:
P-2.4- We shall involve the family in significant decisions affecting their child (NAEYC, 2005).
The partnership that is developed with my family makes it easier to go to them with important decisions that affect their child.
Each ideal and principle are important to the early childhood educator. I would encourage you to become familiar with this Code and use it often.
NAEYC, (2005). NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of
Commitment. Retrieved From, http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc