1. NAEYC – Ethical Responsibilities to Children
” Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the human life cycle. Our paramount responsibility is to provide care and education in settings that are safe, healthy and nurturing and responsive for each child . We are committed to supporting children’s development and learning; respecting individual differences; and helping children learn to live, play, and work cooperatively. We are also committed to promoting children’s self-awareness, competence, self-worth, resiliency, and physical well-being.”
This section is meaningful to me professionally because it sums up the fact that we need to be familiar with the knowledge pertaining to the early childhood field through continuing education and training without which we would be ineffective as early childhood educators.
2. DEC – Professional Development and Preparation
“Professional development and preparation is critical to providing the most effective services for young children with disabilities and their families. Professional development is viewed and valued as an ongoing process guided by high standards and competencies for professional performance and practice. Professionals acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with a variety of young children with disabilities and their families within natural and inclusive environments promoting children’s overall growth, development and learning enhancing family quality of life. Finally, professionals continually should seek and interpret evidence based information for planning and implementing individually appropriate learning environments linked to ongoing assessment and collaboration with parents and team members.”
This section of the DEC code of ethics underscores the importance of being continually aware of the issues in the field of special education and the importance of being advocates for the young children with disabilities and their families.
3. NAEYC – Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
” In a caring, cooperative workplace, human dignity is respected, professional satisfaction is promoted, and positive relationships are developed and sustained. Based upon our core values, our primary responsibility to colleagues is to establish and maintain settings and relationships that support productive work and meet professional needs. The same ideals that apply to children also apply as we interact with adults in the workplace.”
I think it is important to have respectful and collaborative relationships with colleagues as this ensures that we all look out for each other and share our professional knowledge to ensure that the children we teach get the best from us.