In the just-published issue of Young Children, the Focus on Ethics column explores professional boundaries.
Professional boundaries are an integral part of the identity of every helping profession. They serve to draw the line between personal and professional relationships and differentiate between actions that are professionally appropriate and those that are unprofessional. They are intended to ensure that those who serve others in a professional capacity use their power well and fairly.
I couldn't agree with this more. We are finally fighting to be recognized as the educational professionals that we are, and agreeing to be a babysitter for a parent just perpetuates the image of the glorified babysitters we are perceived by some to be. We have to maintain our professionalism and show the parents and the educational community that we are early childhood educators, not just people who "watch" their children while they are at work.
Berry Patch Early Learning Center
Flemington, NJ 08822