Early Childhood Code of Ethics

I do not work in the early childhood field; however I aspire to.  As I read up on the code of ethics of various organizations in the early childhood field, these were some of the codes that stood out to me as a parent and as someone striving to obtain a career in the early childhood field. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethics

1)      “To respect the dignity and preferences of each family and to make an effort to learn about its structure, culture, language, customs, and beliefs.”

          -I believe this is an important ethical code because with this being such a diverse country, we are bound to work with individuals who are different than ourselves and we need to be sensitive to this at all times.  When professionals working with children and their families educate themselves about different cultures, beliefs and customs they are more open to accept others who may be different, even when they don’t understand and/or agree with them. 

2.)  “To share information about each child’s education and development with families and to help them understand and appreciate the current knowledge base of the early childhood profession.”

-I think this is important because at all times parents and families should be aware of how their children are benefiting from their early childhood program.  This not only serves to inform parents and families, but it is also a good way to get them involved in their child’s education and development.

3.)  “We shall be familiar with and appropriately refer families to community resources and professional support services.  After a referral has been made, we shall follow up to ensure that services have been appropriately provided.”

-This ethical code is one that requires professionals to go above and beyond what may be required of them.  I desire to educate children, but I also desire to counsel both children and their families who may be in need of such services.  I think a good part of showing people that you truly care and have their best interest at heart, is being able and willing to go the extra step; this ethical code does just that, it requires that professionals not only refer their families who are in need of help to the appropriate community resources and support services, but they also follow up with them to ensure that they received the help they were in need of. 

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Code of Ethics

1.)    “We shall continually be aware of issues challenging the field of early childhood special education and advocate for changes in laws, regulations, and policies leading to improved outcomes and services for young children with disabilities and their families.”

-This is important because in order to provide children with the best care and/or education, professionals must remain aware of the issues relating to and affecting children.  It is also important that professionals keep families informed about issues related to and affecting their children.

2.)    “We shall advocate for equal access to high quality services and supports for all children and families to enhance their quality of lives.”

          -This is important because every child deserves the best care and education—regardless to where they live, their race, culture, etc.

3.)    “We shall support professionals new to the field by mentoring them in the practice of evidence and ethically based services.”

          -This is a good ethical code because it is comforting to know that there are experienced professionals in the field willing to offer support and guidance to someone new to the profession.

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4 comments

  1. Anika,
    I especially like the last ethical code you chose, as I am relatively new to the field and I depend on those more seasoned professionals who are actually willing to share their knowledge. When first opening my center I knew absolutely nothing. The other professionals in my town would not give me the time of day. It wasn’t until I started talking to the presenters at conferences that I was able to find people willing to share their knowledge and help me grow.

    • Hi Crystal,
      I think it is sad that there were professionals in the field who were not willing to help you. I think individuals working in this field can become caught up in all the wrong things (i.e. making money) that they forget it is not about them, it is about the children—a thought I’m sure that many of those not willing to help you never considered.

      • You are exactly right about your comment. It is definitely about the money and not the children. It was their fear of losing children to the new center.

  2. Just a note to say thanks for your support throughout this course. I looked forward to reading your blog each week and getting to know you a little better. (For some weird reason I was only able to blog on those who use wordpress, even though I use blogspot). Perhaps we’ll find ourselves in the next class together once again and can share and relate further. I hope this class has been as beneficial for you as it has been for me.


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