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Professional Behaviors

  1. 1. Professional Behaviors <ul><li>The Basics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show up at work everyday, and on time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain good hygiene </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you understand that your employer expects a “full day’s work for a full day’s pay” </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Professional Behaviors <ul><li>Ability to Communicate (verbal and written): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be an efficient and accurate communicator—poor spelling and grammar label you as less than competent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill at grasping ideas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How well you understand directions and apply common sense is another important aspect of your overall success </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Professional Behaviors <ul><li>Good Interpersonal Skills: Are you a team player? Do you understand the team approach? A service mind-set will make you more accessible to your co-workers and your families </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility : Are you afraid of change? How receptive are you to new situations? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Professional Behaviors <ul><li>Initiative: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you take responsibility for your actions or do you blame others? A problem solving approach is a valuable asset </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t function without your coffee? Demonstrate a desire and a capacity to move things ahead </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Professional Behaviors <ul><li>Positive Attitude: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How well do you get along with others? This may be a key factor in determining your contribution to the team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leave your personal problems at the door! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What NOT to Wear <ul><li>If you want to be perceived as </li></ul><ul><li>a professional, you need to dress </li></ul><ul><li>Accordingly. Enough said. </li></ul>
  7. 7. National Association of Young Children <ul><li>World's largest organization working on behalf of young children: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 100,000 members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing global alliance of like-minded organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children , focusing on the quality of educational and developmental services from birth through age 8 </li></ul>
  8. 8. NAEYC Core Values <ul><li>Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education are based on commitment to core values that are deeply rooted in the history of our field. We have committed ourselves to: </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Basing our work with children on knowledge of child development </li></ul>
  9. 9. Core Values <ul><li>Appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society </li></ul><ul><li>Respecting the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual(child, family member, and colleague) </li></ul><ul><li>Helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust, respect, and positive regard </li></ul>
  10. 10. Professional Behaviors for ECE <ul><li>Maintain high standards of quality childcare through consistency and dedication </li></ul><ul><li>Project a professional business atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Seek continuing education on an ongoing basis </li></ul><ul><li>Expand and manage your resources </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a partnership with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Network with other ECE professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Take a leadership role and </li></ul><ul><li>share your knowledge and talents </li></ul>
  11. 11. 10 Behaviors Parents Expect From A Professional Caregiver <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Common Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Loving Heart </li></ul><ul><li>Professionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Role Model </li></ul><ul><li>Shared childrearing philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Kid-friendly environment </li></ul><ul><li>Established rules and guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual respect </li></ul>
  12. 12. Caring For Yourself <ul><li>If you don’t take good care of yourself, you can’t possibly provide good care to others. Be sure you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get enough sleep each night </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a substitute caregiver lined up in case of emergency or illness; take regular breaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every morning, find something positive to say about yourself; remind yourself that what you do is important, and that you are a professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quit smoking, or at least cut down </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Caring For Yourself <ul><li>Eat regular meals from all five food groups </li></ul><ul><li>MAKE time for your friends and hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid listening to people with a negative and unpleasant outlook </li></ul><ul><li>Do something for yourself that is NOT related to childcare or children in any way </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t take on all the problems of all the children in the world; accept the things you cannot change </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: If you care for yourself, you will be better able to care for others </li></ul>
  14. 14. NAEYC Statement of Commitment <ul><li>As an individual who works with young children, I commit myself to furthering the values of early childhood education as they are reflected in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. To the best of my ability I will: </li></ul>
  15. 15. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Ensure that programs for young children are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education </li></ul>
  16. 16. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Respect and support families in their task of nurturing children. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Respect colleagues in early childhood education and support them in maintaining the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct </li></ul>
  18. 18. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Serve as an advocate for children, their families, and their teachers in community and society. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Maintain high standards of professional conduct . </li></ul>
  20. 20. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Recognize how personal values, opinions, and biases can affect professional judgment. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Be open to new ideas and be willing to learn from the suggestions of others </li></ul>
  22. 22. Statement of Commitment <ul><li>Continue to learn, grow, and contribute as a professional </li></ul>