Code of Ethics

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) provides professional code of conducts that educational professional should adhere to. The three listed are insightful guidelines that I will use in building and promoting trust as an advocate for early childhood education.

“We shall demonstrate our respect and concern for children, families, colleagues, and others with whom we work, honoring their beliefs, values, customs, languages, and culture”
The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
http://www.dec-sped.org/

Learning begins with understanding the differences in one’s culture and religious beliefs. Armed with that knowledge we can effectively communicate and build mutual trust and respect between the families and teachers in promoting the best interest of the child. From the perspective of the family, knowing that you take the time to learn and respect cultural differences and beliefs helps to foster

“We shall strive to build individual relationships with each child; make individualized adaptations in teaching strategies, learning environments, and curricula; and consult with the family so that each child benefits from the program. If after such efforts have been exhausted, the current placement does not meet a child’s needs, or the child is seriously jeopardizing the ability of other children to benefit from the program, we shall collaborate with the child’s family and appropriate specialists to determine the additional services needed and/or the placement option(s) most likely to ensure the child’s success. (Aspects of this principle may not apply in programs that have a lawful mandate to provide services to a particular population of children.)”
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

Just as each footprint is different, so too are the minds and characteristics of every child. As teachers, advocates and educators we have a fundamental duty to exhaust every avenue in ensuring each child’s pathway to learning is tailored to benefit their full potential.

“We shall develop written policies for the protection of confidentiality and the disclosure of children’s records. These policy documents shall be made available to all program personnel and families. Disclosure of children’s records beyond family members, program personnel, and consultants having an obligation of confidentiality shall require familial consent (except in cases of abuse or neglect).”
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

The protection of a child’s privacy should be limited only to the family and those individuals directly involved in their learning development. The right to privacy is a constitutional right of every citizen living in the United States. It is a sacred trust that should only be broken if the welfare and care of the child is at stake.

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