“Ethics is the science which enables us to understand humanity as it is and humanity as it could be; and then instruct us on how to move from reality to the ideal. To act ethically is to exercise choice which ends in right action. Virtue is the cause of right choice”.
“Above all, we shall not harm children. We shall not participate in practices that are disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, intimidating, emotionally damaging or physically harmful to children”.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1998
This Code of Ethics should be my guide in my daily life working with young children. It defines my responsibility to support children-without harm-to reach challenging and achievable goals. As a profession, I must hold myself to the highest standard in order to provide, safe, healthy, nurturing and responsive settings for children when I make decision.
As a conscientious practitioner, I must possess the Ideals guide action. I would like to share three of them to you all:
- I must be familiar with the knowledge base of early childhood care and education and keep current through continuing education and in-service training.
- I must recognize and respect the uniqueness and the potential of each child, respect the dignity of each family and its culture, language, custom, and beliefs.
- Create a climate of trust and candor that will enable staff to speak and act in the best interest of children, families, and the field of early childhood care and education.
From day by day, I really wish to continue to learn, grow and contribute as a professional in early childhood field…. I know I am in a right way…..