Every day, teachers observe, draw and capture important moments in a child`s development. The evidence and artifacts collected are then used to plan the curriculum and assess development. While we have emphasized the importance of collecting work samples and observational evidence as a key element in being a conscious teacher, we must also consider the child`s perspective. In the article “Who observes? Thinking Ethically About Watching Children,” the authors highlight some of the ethical tensions that can arise in early childhood when trying to balance children`s rights, teachers` responsibilities, and the role of a student in training to become a future teacher. As a parent, you rely on child care providers to take care of your children and protect them when you`re not around. Child care providers can care for your children in your home or daycare. Every state has laws and regulations to ensure that all children enjoy a safe environment when their parents are not around. Information on ethical responsibilities and dilemmas comes from two NAEYC books, Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code, Second Edition, and the recent update of Teaching the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct: A Resource Guide (forthcoming spring 2016). As a home babysitter, you may face ethical issues. Being thoughtful as a child care worker and living your core values are crucial qualities because you are working with our country`s most valuable resource: young children. Protecting the privacy of children and their families should always come first.
You should have well-planned procedures for dealing with complex situations, as ethical dilemmas can arise in your home and community. Participating in professional development opportunities can help you become aware of responsible and ethical practices in your work with families and children. Being part of a support group with other home childminders, where you can work on ethical issues and share your experiences confidentially, can help you make decisions for your program. Some home child care providers can do this on-site during in-person meetings, others can join online groups. In most cases, child care providers are not required by law to care for sick children. However, if a child becomes ill or the employee accepts the care of a sick child, the employee is responsible for appropriate medical care. This may include providing a place where the child can rest, administering medication, or calling 911 for emergency medical care if needed. An analysis of the difference between ethical responsibility and ethical dilemma, as well as the process of ethical analysis, is described in detail in Chapter 3 (pages 27-36) of Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator, Second Edition. The book also provides examples of how the Code can be applied to a number of dilemmas commonly encountered in early childhood programs. When you encounter an ethical issue, it can be helpful to remember that it`s a responsibility or a dilemma – it can`t be both. One of the characteristics of an ethical dilemma is that it involves consideration. It can rarely be resolved quickly or simply by applying rules and relying on facts.
You won`t find simple solutions to the dilemmas you face in your early childhood workplace in an article or book. However, you can learn to deal with these difficult considerations under the guidance of the NAEYC Code. If you are sure that you have encountered an ethical dilemma, you can use the process described in the following example to find a defensible solution. Acting responsibly and ethically should be at the heart of your practice as a home child care provider. In your daily interactions with children, families and community members, engage in the following: and don`t. The fact is, however, that even well-meaning and conscientious educators are sometimes tempted to do what is easiest or what pleases others instead of taking on that responsibility. It is important to remember that if you are faced with a situation that involves ethical responsibility, you must follow the clear guidelines of the Code. The most important of the responsibilities set out in the NAEYC Code is Principle 1.1: Professional ethics involves reflecting on the professional responsibilities assumed collectively and systematically by members of a profession. Professional ethical judgments are a guide to what we should and shouldn`t do as professionals. This website provides information on books, position papers, videos, and other resources on ethical behavior in early childhood education from the National Association for Early Childhood Education (NAEYC).