The three Ideals contained in the NAEYC and the DEC codes of conducts that are meaningful to me.

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.


5 thoughts on “The three Ideals contained in the NAEYC and the DEC codes of conducts that are meaningful to me.

  1. Ashelya Butler says:

    I enjoyed reading your choices of code of ethics and I agree having a positive relationship with co-workers is necessary to help be productive in what we do. Mutual respect can go a long way.


  2. Ethical responsibilities to colleagues I feel is an extremely important code of ethics that many people seem to skim over. We spend so much time focused on the children and their families that we forget the importance of the relationships that we must maintain with our colleges. Many times we train on how to relate to the diverse families we serve and forget about the diversity that dwells within our schools. Great post.


  3. Pleshette Watson says:

    Hello Fidelis,
    Children are a top priority within the field of early childhood. That is why I like your first choice of NAEYC- Ethical Responsibilities to Children. I feel that our first responsibility is to the children, then next, the family. We must make children feel important and relative in order for them to succeed socially and academically.


  4. Fidelis,
    I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your interactions not only on your blog but mine as well. I have enjoyed your posts and comments, and feel as if you have a strong sense of the world of early childhood education. Best of luck to you.


  5. Jason says:

    I wanna thank you for your interesting discussion posts and blog posts throughout this course. All posts were insightful, engaging, and very interesting. You need to have a passion for early childhood education and you clearly display that for all of us. I look forward to future courses with you and good luck in all of your future courses. Thank you again.


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