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NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Transcript of NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
According to the NAYEC (2005), "The Code sets forth a framework of professional responsibilities
in four sections. Each section addresses an area of professional relationships: (1) with children, (2) with families, (3) among colleagues, and (4) with the
community and society. Each section includes an introduction to the primary responsibilities of the early childhood practitioner in that context. The introduction is followed by a set of ideals (I) that reflect exemplary professional practice and by a set of principles (P) describing practices that are required, prohibited, or permitted." (p. 2)
Principles and Ideals
Principles - guide professional conduct and assist educators in resolving ethical issues.
Ideals - reflect the goals of educators.
Both provide a framework that aligns with the NAEYC core values.
How Should the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Be Used?
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 task 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.
Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle
Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn
Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family
Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society
Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague)
Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues
Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
By: Jessica Ponder
Statement of Commitment (cont.)
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.
Bredekamp, S. (2014). Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building
a Foundation. New Jersey: Pearson Inc.
NAEYC. (2005). Position Statement. Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement
of Commitment. Retrieved from, http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSETH05.pdf
Obligations all teachers are required to follow with honesty, integrity, and respect.
Teachers can refer to the Code of Ethical Conduct when dealing with possible ethical dilemmas, so that conflict can be resolved.
Teachers may be involved in a situations where they are unsure of what's the "right thing to do". They can refer to the code to help them determine what should be done while also upholding their ethical responsibilities.
Actions that are right or wrong, which occur in the workplace.
Children are unable to understand or express their rights and needs, so early childhood professionals need to be familiar with and able to uphold professional and ethical standards.
The Code of Ethical Conduct helps guide teachers toward developing positive relationships with students, families, and co-workers.
Can be a useful tool for teacher's continued professional development.