Code of Ethics
Code of Ethics
Most people are aware of the importance of professional childhood educators handling tender children. Childhood is a very delicate stage in life and children must be handled with utmost care and professionalism. In order to achieve this, early childhood educators must adhere to a certain code of conduct. The National association for the education of young children (NAEYC) understands the implications of ethics among early childhood educators. It has therefore sets a framework to guide the moral and ethical conduct of early childhood educators.
Professional early childhood educators are trained to possess intellectual and personal values to assist them deal with children in an ethical manner. First, the educators must appreciate the value and uniqueness of the childhood stage. Second, educators should have sufficient understanding of how children develop. They are also supposed to understand and enhance the child’s relationship with family. They should develop the thinking of the child according to the societal and cultural background. They accord maximum respect to their colleagues, employers, children and family members. They should also respect the cultural background and beliefs of children and their families. They have a duty to identify and respect each child’s uniqueness. Early childhood educators are also required to be fair in their treatment of all children regardless of their differences. They should not engage in practices or behavior that may harm the child’s mental or physical development. They are also supposed to exercise confidentiality with sensitive information about the children and their families.
The above values are critical for the development of a child. For instance, an educator who understands children are unique in their own ways will acknowledge their different capabilities. Such an educator will understand that a child gifted with the knowledge of math and sciences may find it difficult to understand an arts discipline. An educator who understands the development of children will exercise patience while teaching to make sure the child grasps difficult concepts in class. An educator must make sure they teach children to respect their families; this includes parents and other family members. Educators should not give out any information about the child to outsiders. A child’s religious and cultural beliefs are respected even if they are different from those of the educator. The educator must desist from using abusive or derogatory language since this may harm a child’s mental development.
One teacher who positively influenced my life is my third grade math teacher. After discovering I had a weakness in understanding mathematical concepts, she tried her best to assist me. She liaised with my mum and organized tutoring lessons for me. She ensured that at the end of third grade I had a perfect understanding of all my math concepts for that stage. She always approached me with kindness and encouraged to practice for math problems. She had all the values of an effective childhood educator.
Ethics and moral values are important in ensuring children are trained to become responsible people in life. The ethical code of conduct is a valuable guideline, which ensures educators understand the importance of children’s welfare. Childhood is the most important stage in life and it determines the path a child follows. Children must therefore be handled by educators who understand the challenges they face and who recognize the benefits of incorporating ethical values in their development. When ethical values are adhered to, parents and stakeholders alike are assured that children are in safe hands.
Feeney, S., Freeman, N. K., & National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2012). Ethics and the early childhood educator: Using the NAEYC code. Washington, D.C: National Association for the Education of Young Children.