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