Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Self Assessment Tool - Part 2 - Reviewing the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Standard I: Caring and Responsive Relationships 

(x) I have read Standard I: A – C on pages 8-9 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. 

Identify your strengths and any areas for growth, leadership development or professional learning interests from Standard I. Reference the specific standards (e.g. Standard I: C.4).

Building positive relationships with children, families, and other professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education is a fundamental part of my core professional values. I believe these relationships of mutual trust and cooperation are absolutely necessary if a Registered Early Childhood Educator wishes to demonstrate high quality practice.

I feel that as an educator I excel at connecting with children, developing caring and nurturing relationships which support their growth across the spectrum of development. I would love to continue to hone these skills as these relationships are essential for young children. (B. 2)

I want to ensure that I am responsive, caring and supportive of other professionals in my field. I find that sometimes in the whirl and business of the day it is hard to dedicate time to supporting other educators. I feel that one of the most important ways to learn is from each other and I hope to develop communication strategies to work more effectively and collaboratively with other professionals (C. 6)

Standard II: Curriculum and Pedagogy

(x) I have read Standard II: A – C on pages 10-11 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Identify your strengths and any areas for growth, leadership development or professional learning interests from Standard II. Reference the specific standards (e.g. Standard II: B.3).

I am thankful that as an educator I have always worked within child-centred, play based programs. It has assisted me in building a strong base to work from as a co-learner in the early childhood classroom. I am passionate about implementing a child-directed and inquiry based program driven by current knowledge of child development and learning theories.

I would like to take some time to further discover the intricacies of the How Does Learning Happen document as this will assist in guiding the children in their learning (B. 3) and in creating pedagogical documentation to communicate that learning with families. (C. 7)

Standard III: Safety, Health and Well-Being in the Learning Environment 

(x) I have read Standard III: A – C on pages 12-13 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. 

Identify your strengths and any areas for growth, leadership development or professional

I love the indoor learning space that I have created at Red River Early Learning Centre. I have incorporated loose parts into our space that are safe for my young infant students as well as engaging for my preschool and school age students. These materials have provided so many amazing opportunities for the children to explore in a variety of creative ways. I have also utilised adaptive materials to ensure that the youngest students are included in activities such as a high chair at table height so my littlest child can work with the oldest ones at the art table.  I would like to continue to implement strategies to include children of various levels of development and abilities by making adaptations to the environment with the support of other colleagues (C. 4)

I include pictures of the children in the environment as well as their artwork to foster a sense of belonging for each child in the class. Books, materials, dolls, and more are presented in different areas of the classroom to reflect the diverse cultures, family structures, and individuals in our community. My goal is to create a warm and welcoming space where each family and child feels valued, I will continue to research methods to further develop inclusiveness within my program and reach out to colleagues and families for support in this journey (C. 1)

Standard IV: Professionalism and Leadership

(x) I have read Standard IV: A – C on pages 14-15 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Identify your strengths and any areas for growth, leadership development or professional learning interests from Standard IV. Reference the specific standards (e.g. Standard IV: C.7).

It is highly important to me to demonstrate professionalism as a Registered Early Childhood Educator and as an Independent Home Child Care Provider. I have acted as a leader in my field and as a resource for other home child care providers seeking information regarding current legislation that guides professionals in the field (B. 1) I have also been a mentor for new educators in the field, answering questions and providing support when required (C. 7)

My main goal in this area is to build and strengthen my partnerships with the community and work to establish collaborative relationships with members of other professions in order to access their unique expertise (C. 3) as I feel this would be hugely beneficial to the children and families that I work with.


Standard V: Professional Boundaries, Dual Relationships and Conflicts of Interest 

(x) I have read Standard V: A – C on pages 16-18 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. 

Identify your strengths and any areas for growth, leadership development or professional learning interests from Standard V. Reference the specific standards (e.g. Standard V: C.6). 

I believe that it is very important to have professional boundaries and strive to maintain them in relationships with clients and other professionals (Standard V: B. 1) while also cultivating communication and transparency in my practice. I am aware of what constitutes a conflict of interest and ensure that these situations are managed appropriately and professionally (Standard V: B. 7)

Standard VI: Confidentiality, Release of Information and Duty to Report 

(x)I have read Standard VI: A – C on pages 19-20 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. 

Identify your strengths and any areas for growth, leadership development or professional learning interests from Standard VI. Reference the specific standards (e.g. Standard VI: C.2). 

Thankfully I have never really had any issues arise during my career that I have been required to report. However, I feel it is important to sharpen my knowledge in regards to the Child and Family Services Act in order to continue to provide the best support for children and families in my program, so I will set aside some time to read it over again as part of my professional development (B. 5)

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