Examining Codes of Ethics


The Division for Early Childhood’s code of conduct states that professionals in the early childhood field should “demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, and honesty in all our professional activities in order to inspire the trust and confidence of the children and families and of those with whom we work” (DEC, 2000, p. 1). This is significant to me in my professional life in that I think that leaders and people in education are held to an especially high standard and level of expectation due to the fact that we are models to children who are so easily influenced and molded. I also believe that it is imperative that we cultivate a high level of trust, honesty, and rapport with the children and families we engage with in order to foster exceptional growth and development.

The DEC code of conduct also states that “we shall empower families with information and resources so that they are informed consumers of services for their children” (DEC, 2000, p. 3). This strikes a professional chord with me because I think it is our responsibility as early childhood professionals to become advocates for our children, but also to teach their families how to become further advocates for their children. The more families stay informed, the more they can advocate for and help their children to learn and grow.

The NAEYC code of conduct states the importance of staying informed through continuing education and training (NAEYC, 2005). I believe this to be true and affirming of the decision I made to finish my degree in Early Childhood Education at Walden. I believe to become better educators, we need to be informed students and be constantly exploring innovative ways of doing things.



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 Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.dec-sped.org/


6 thoughts on “Examining Codes of Ethics

  1. The statement of continuing education is important because there is something new coming up all the time. In order for us to keep a job, we have to continue with education because technology is more advance. We have to continue some type of school so that we can keep up.


  2. You selected some great inserts. I think that it is very important that we gain the children and family trust ad build rapport with them to be successful in the field. We also help them with keeping them informed, that way we can advocate for their needs and best interest of their child.


  3. I think the ultimate goal is to leave our families with the knowledge and abilities to advocate for their children once they leave our care. I know I worry less about the children whose families have really embraced their child’s educational experience, participated in workshops, and taken advantage of all the resources we offer. I also agree that part of being an educator is growing and changing as we become aware of innovation in our field. This is why I love attending trainings and conferences!


  4. Thank you for all your sharing and experiences. I enjoyed reading your ideas and point of views on topics discussed. I think that as early childhood professionals we all have the same interest and different ways of doing things. I know that you build great rapport with your children and families. I know that in your personal childhood web post you mentioned that you are truly blessed for the family you have, therefore, I know that you understand how important it is to have support. I know that your students love you. I hope to one day achieve the goal of having my own classroom. Thanks again for you experiences and sharing your success.


  5. Hi Renee,
    It has been a pleasure to read your blog every week, I always know that I’m going to see a thoughtful and well-crafted post! Thank you for sharing your personal stories from the classroom, about your faith, and your family. I can see your passion for this important work radiate from your words and I wish you the best of luck in your continued endeavors with children and your studies.


  6. Hi Renee, Thanks for sharing your life experiences, beliefs and thoughts with us. I enjoyed reading your posts, one thing I remember from your blog is when you spoke about wanting to be a teacher that betters themselves and the lives of their students. I totally agree, this is a very important part of our job as an educator. I wish you much success on your journey in this field.


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