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Skills and

Responsibilities
of Early
Childhood
Professionals
Objectives 2.01 and 2.02

What skills do you need to


be able to work with
young children?

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esponsibilities

What responsibilities do
people who work with
young children have?

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esponsibilities

How are these skills and


responsibilities related?

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Those who have the


skills and assume the
responsibilities of
working with young
children are called

early childhood
professionals.
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How can

YOU become an

early childhood
professional?

The first step is to become


familiar with the skills and
responsibilities required . . .

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Skills Needed

by Early Childhood Professionals

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

Basic communication
Math
Thinking
Life
Interpersonal
Leadership
Resource management
Professional communication
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1. Basic
communication skills
Speaking
Writing
Reading
Listening
Body language
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esponsibilities

2. Math skills
Adding
Subtracting
Multiplying
Dividing
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3. Thinking skills
Thinking critically
Making decisions
Solving problems
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4. Life Skills
(Partnership for 21st Century Skills, US Department of
Education, 2006)

Leadership

Personal productivity

Ethics

Personal responsibility

Accountability

People skills

Adaptability

Self-direction
Social responsibility

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5. Interpersonal Skills
(SCANS Report, Secretarys Commission on Achieving
Necessary Skills, US Dept. of Labor, 1992)

Participating as a member of a team


Teaching others
Serving clients, customers
Exercising leadership
Working with cultural diversity

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6. Leadership skills
Responsibility
Integrity
Vision
Perseverance
Consideration
Team focus
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7. Resource management
skills
Managing people
Acquiring and sharing information
Using technology effectively
Using time wisely
Using energy wisely
Managing money
Managing equipment and supplies

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8. Professional
communication skills
Communicating goals and
philosophy
Public relations
Family communications
Staff communications and
teamwork
Recording information

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8. Professional dress
is very important.
Practical
Functional
Appropriate
Good taste

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Think About It . . .
These 8 sets of skills are needed in
order to meet the responsibilities of
working with young children.
Pay close attention to the similarities
between these skills and the primary
responsibilities of those who work
with children. Which skills do you see
reflected in the responsibilities?

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Primary Responsibilities
of Early Childhood Professionals

1. Know how children grow and


develop
2. Plan developmentally
appropriate curricula
3. Prepare the environment
4. Communicate effectively
5. Get along with co-workers
6. Manage time wisely
7. Continue to learn
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1. Know how children grow


and develop

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2. Plan developmentally
appropriate curricula

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3. Prepare the environment

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4. Communicate effectively

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5. Get along with


co-workers

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6. Manage time wisely

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7. Continue to learn

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Ethical Responsibilities
of Early Childhood Professionals

1.
2.
3.
4.

To children
To families
To colleagues
To community and society

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Ethical Responsibilities
to Children

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1. Do not harm children

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2. Involve those with relevant


knowledge in decisions about children

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3. Communicate concerns about


children in a positive way

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4. Be familiar with symptoms of


child abuse and know procedures
for addressing

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1. Not to deny family


members access to
classroom

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2. Inform families of philosophy,


policies, and personnel
qualifications

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3. Keep fully informed of


research projects involving
their children and gain
consent

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4. Not to use relationship with


family for personal advantage

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5. Maintain confidentiality and


the familys right to privacy

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Ethical Responsibilities
to Colleagues

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1. Inform co-workers first of


concerns and attempt to resolve

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2. When disagreeing with program


policies, first attempt to effect
change within the organization

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3. Inform employees who do not


meet program standards of concerns
and assist in making improvements

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4. Base hiring and promotion


solely on records of
accomplishment and ability

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Ethical Responsibilities
to Community and Society

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1. Communicate openly and


truthfully about the nature and
extent of services provided

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2. Cooperate with other


professionals who work with
children and families

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3. Refrain from participating in


practices that violate laws and
regulations that protect children

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Are you an

early
childhood
professional?
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