The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to act on behalf of the interests of young children. The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the principal ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education promoting a commitment to integrity, veracity, fairness, and human dignity at all levels; nevertheless, further research and/or developments may change the current code and state of knowledge. NAEYC have a Statement of Commitment; however, isn’t part of the organization’s Code of Ethics; instead, it is used as a tool, for personal acknowledgement of an individual's willingness to embrace the distinctive values and moral obligations of the field of early childhood care and education. The primary focus of the NAEYC Code of Ethics is to provide a basic but solid structure for daily childcare and education practices with children and their families in programs for children from birth through 8 years of age in any possible setup for example: preschool and pre-kindergarten, child care centers, hospital and family child care homes; kindergartens, and primary classrooms. NAEYC has structure their organization on a commitment to the following core values: •
Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle •
Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn •
Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family •
Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society •
Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague) •
Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues •
Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect. These core values represent the foundation for all childhood care and education and they are deeply rooted in the history of the same. As we can see the organization has ingrained a well established group of Ethics in the organizations mission and governance structure. The National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethics ideals and principles adhere to the organization a conceptual framework of professional responsibilities that can be divided in four main levels of professional responsibility. These four levels affirm their commitment to the organization’s core values. Each one of these levels covered specifically a field of professional relationships in childhood care and early education: a.
Ethical responsibilities to children: Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the human life cycle representing our base and foundation as human beings. NAEYC paramount responsibility is to provide care and education in settings that are safe, healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each child promoting children's self-awareness, competence, self-worth, resiliency, as well as physical well-development. The ideals are described in 12 sub-areas and the principles are described in 11 areas as follow: Ideals
I-1.1-Be familiar with the knowledge base of early childhood care and education and to stay informed through continuing education and training. I-1.2-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. I-1.3-Recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child. I-1.4- Appreciate the vulnerability of children and their dependence on adults. I-1.5-Create and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions. I-1.6-Use assessment instruments and strategies appropriate for the children to be assessed and used...
References: • National Association for the Education of Young Children web site: http://naeyc.org/
• A position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Revised April 2005.
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