I maintain being professional on a daily basis by letting all families in my care know we have a confidentiality policy, that we implement each and every day discussing only the info we need to with appropriate staff members. Children and their family’s info will only be discussed if we feel abuse or neglect is present. Then we are required to inform the proper authorities. I demonstrate being professional by following the job expectations entailed for my position. I always have a positive attitude with my children and families and co-workers daily. I arrive on time and am prepared to start my day promptly. I dress appropriately for my day making sure I have clothes presentable but can engage in messy activities too. I use good judgment when making decisions for the children in my care.
I am an advocate for each child I have by meeting their educational, emotional, and physical needs daily. Each child is treated as an individual. I also provide a quality educational program to all children in my care to support success for them. If a child shows signs of developmental delay I work with the family and any agencies to ensure a bright future for them. I take advantage of any opportunities offered to me to continue my own education and growth. Keeping updated on any new laws and regulations plus new teachings and always striving to learn more will make me the best teacher I can be. CS VI a
I chose to become an early childhood professional because when I got out of high school I needed a job to pay my bills. But the main reason was because I loved being around children and at the time I did not have any of my own yet and there were none in my family either. So I thought “what a great way to spend the day and get paid to spend time with other people’s kids.” In the beginning it was really hard though. It was not all playtime, there were rules and regulations to follow. There was also daily planning to ensure the kids stayed busy and engaged at all times. Of course lots of hand washing and potty training, but even after all that I still could not stay away. I had found my calling and after 14 years this is still the best thing that I ever did besides having my own child, who is now 8 years old.