Ethical Responsibilities to Children

The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct is split up into four sections. Section 1: Ethical Responsibilities Children states: “Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the human life cycle. Our paramount responsibility is to provide care and education in settings that are safe, healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each child. We are committed to supporting children’s development and learning; respecting individual differences; and helping children learn to live, play, and work cooperatively. We are also committed to promoting children’s self-awareness, competence, self-worth, resiliency, and physical well-being.”

In this section, the Ideal that speaks the most to me is: I-1.3—To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child

It is so incredibly important for us as well rounded professionals in Early Childhood Education to view each child as a unique, talented being of their own right. To expect every child to be the same, develop at the same rate, have the same emotions, likes and dislikes, abilities and more can do an immense disservice to the child. We are most successful in developing well-rounded learners and leaders by tapping in to what makes each child a unique individual and the teachers that are able to do this seamlessly can make the biggest impact on their students and families.

One thought on “Ethical Responsibilities to Children

  1. I agree that every child is different and it is important that our interactions with the individuals, as well as the group as a whole are considered in our classrooms as top priority. Also, we must consider that there are differences in cultural and language backgrounds, when means that we can also get to know the individuals through their families. Families are a great source of information as well. Therefore, each child and their families are valued and respected clients.


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