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Standard 6 Standard 6 specifically promotes professionalism within the Early Childhood Education field.

Professionalism is achieved by utilizing ethical standards, engaging in informed advocacy, and continuing ones education to better serve young children. As a professional, I strive to create a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing classroom environment, while promoting ethical standards. I decided to include an Ethical Conduct worksheet I completed during CHD 205: Guiding the Behavior of Children, to show that I understand important principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. This worksheet includes a reflection on how I will handle various ethical scenarios that may occur in the classroom. I reveal within these reflections that I understand NAEYCs number one principle, Above all, we shall not harm children and can promote the safety of each child regardless of the situation. This artifact displays that I am a professional because I understand ethical principles and problem solving techniques when faced with difficult decisions. I am heavily involved in the Early Childhood Education field because I have been working as a caregiver for over 4 years. All classes that I have taken within the Early Childhood Education program at NOVA have promoted the use of professionalism while in the presence of children. I have learned the importance of advocating within the community, always considering current issues that effect our field, and striving to become a better teacher. I have yet to advocate for young children in my community, but I plan on heavily promoting how important music, art, and movement programs are within the early childhood classroom. I want to educate parents and early childhood professionals especially on how the arts support all developmental domains. I am very serious about becoming a professional within this field because I am continuing my education, as well as shadowing experienced early childhood educators to better understand this field.

CHD 205 Practice Using the Code of Ethical Conduct.

Name: Chelsea Lee

Directions: For each situation described below, answer the following 3 questions: A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics) B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle).

Situation 01 - A parent tells you that, if his child hits anyone, you are to lightly slap her hand. A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics) I would inform the parents that we have other means of handling those situations. B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? The parents might be put off by the fact that I wont do what they say (especially when it pertains to their child). C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle)

P-1.1Above all, we shall not harm children. We shall not participate in practices that are emotionally dam- aging, physically harmful, disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, or intimidating to children. This principle has precedence over all others in this Code.
Situation 02 - A parent who is obviously drunk comes to pick up her child. A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics). I would not release the child into the parents custody! B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? The parent could become extremely angry (especially if intoxicated) and could become physical. C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle)

P-1.11When we become aware of a practice or situation that endangers the health, safety, or well-being of children, we have an ethical responsibility to protect children or inform parents and/or others who can.
Situation 03 - You see a child left alone in a car in the school parking lot. A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics) I would first look around to see if a parent or guardian is near. I would stay by the car and if no one comes within 20 minutes I would call the police. B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? The parent could be angry that I called the police because they dont agree that the situation warranted a call to the police. C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision-making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle)

P-1.11When we become aware of a practice or situation that endangers the health, safety, or well-being of children, we have an ethical responsibility to protect children or inform parents and/or others who can.
Situation 04 - You hear co-workers making racially/culturally inappropriate remarks about a family. A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics) I would address my concerns with the co-worker. If this does not improve the situation, I would go to a supervisor and inform them of the situation. B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? The co-worker could be put off by the fact that I told them my concerns with their behavior. If the inappropriate behavior doesnt stop and I tell a supervisor, the co-worker could become very upset with me. C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle)

P-3B.4If we have concerns about a colleagues behavior, and childrens well-being is not at risk, we may address the concern with that individual. If children are at risk or the situation does not improve after it has been brought to the colleagues attention, we shall re- port the colleagues unethical or incompetent behavior to an appropriate authority.
Situation 05 - A co-worker asks you to cover for her while she runs an errand; she is not on break. A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics) Because this could effect the adult/child ratio and other regulations, I would tell her/him that I cannot cover the shift. I would tell her she could run it later. B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? She could become angry with me for saying this and leave anyway. C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle)

P-3B.3We shall not violate laws or regulations de- signed to protect children and shall take appropriate action consistent with this Code when aware of such violations.
Situation 06 - Your director asks you to go into a different room to provide coverage during a licensing visit, in order to meet ratios. A. What can or should you say and do? (Focus on the ethics) Since it is my director I would follow her instructions but after the visit I would express my concerns about the situation. B. What are some of the possible negative consequences for you, by saying/doing these? She could fire me for speaking out against her. C. What Principle (not Ideal) in the Code guides your decision making? (Give the number and include the full text of the Principle)

P-3B.5When we have a concern about circumstances or conditions that impact the quality of care and education within the program, we shall inform the programs administration or, when necessary, other appropriate authorities.