The NAEYC code of ethics statement outlines many ideals that have meaning and significance to our work. The following are ideals that when brought together encourage educators and parents to work together to provide a developmentally appropriate environment that honors the skills and needs of each child. This is a goal that I have passion and drive to achieve every day.
Whether we are a preschool teacher, family child care provider, director, advocate or owner, we work with, collaborate, and communicate with the kids and families on a daily basis. It’s our responsibility to stay informed of current research, changes in policies, regulations and licensing. Continuing education allows us to provide developmentally and culturally appropriate activities and materials to children each and every day, help us communicate with families on child development and age-appropriate behavior, and make us a professional in our field.
Ethical Responsibilities to Children
1-1:2 To base program practices upon current knowledge and research in the field of early childhood education, child development, and related disciplines, as well as on particular knowledge of each child (NAEYC, 2005, p. 2, Ideals).
Taking my master’s program in the field of early childhood speaks directly to keeping me well informed and up to date with best practices and research. Through my experience as an educator and my new experiences as a student in the field, I hope to continuously improve my practices in this area to provide appropriate programming for each student in my class. Not only will my students grow in my class, but I will be growing with them every step of the way.
1-1:3 To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child (NAEYC, 2005, p. 2, Ideals).
Every single child is a blessing and an important part of our classroom community and every year I am appreciative of the challenges, lessons, and contributions that they bring to our classroom. For it is through each unique and specially created child, that I become a better teacher; understanding a little bit more about my students, myself, and the joys and hardships of this world. I am truly blessed to have these young minds in my hands and in return, witness how they can grow in just one year.
Ethical Responsibilities to Families:
1-2:2 To develop relationships of mutual trust and create partnerships with the families we serve (NAEYC, 2005, p. 3, Ideals).
From time to time we will meet parents who did not have the opportunities that their children might receive. Some parents hold on to bad things that might have happened with previous teachers or schools, and they lack the ability to trust. It is important to establish a friendly and honest relationship that ensures all parents feel completely welcomed to both the classroom and school as well as valuable and contributing members to their child’s educational journey and school environment. The establishment of this honest and open relationship allows parents to put some of their trust back into the education system and move forward in a way that best serves their child.
I chose these Ideals because working with young children is not just a job, it is my passion. Children are the future. Children deserve quality education and inclusive classrooms. Children also deserve educators who want to teach and provide them safe and healthy environments conducive to their learning styles and can be their voice when they don’t have one.
NAEYC. (2005). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. Retrieved from