In 2005 NAEYC revised their Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment. This is a document that can serve as a guideline when making decisions on a daily basis that deal with moral and ethical implications. Here are just three of the ideas from that statement that I would like to share with you!
To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child.
This idea speaks to my heart. I feel that we always have to know each child as an individual. We need to know that each child has their own set of abilities as well as difficulties. When we get to know and understand the children we work with we can understand how to help each child on an individualized level. I have found that all children are different and they all have a different skills set as well as a unique way to have their needs meet. I like to think of families in this same way. Each is unique and different.
To develop relationships of mutual trust and create partnerships with the families we serve.
This is such an important ideal. I believe the second most important relationship that we have when worki8ng with children is the relationship with families (first one is the child). I feel that starting a relationship based in honesty and acceptance is the best place to begin. Parents have to learn how to trust as just as much as we have to learn to trust them. By letting parents know that you are here to support them, and that you respect their decision about their children, they will grow to have that partnership. I think this is something that takes time for some families, but by having integrity, they will see that they can trust us. The wonderful thing is that when we have great relationships with families, children can also learn how to have great relationships!
To welcome all family members and encourage them to participate in the program.
I believe that this is a very important ideal not only for a child’s future success in school, but also a very important component of any quality program. Children need their parents to be involved! In our life this world can get crazy, by offering ways that parents can be involved and providing opportunities for family involvement, families and children will all feel like they are part of the school family. In the center I work in we have many ways in which parents can be involved. Parents are also invited to participate in trainings, surveys, and as members of a welcoming committee for new parents. There are just a few ways. We also have two family night programs a year, and invite parents and grandparents to eat lunch on special days with their children.