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Director’s Keys to Professionalism

We need to be ever mindful of the effect we have on others lives. We are taking care of this world’s most precious commodity: the children. How they are treated affects what the world will be like tomorrow and for years to come.  When you are in a tight spot, ask yourself how you would want to be treated if you were in the other person’s shoes? What is morally right? If you use these as your guideposts, you will have a lot fewer professionalism concerns.

keyConfidentiality: The three rules that you and your staff MUST make reasonable efforts to keep confidential:

  1. Medical and developmental issues
  2. Family status
  3. Financial information

keyConsistency: Questions to ask your self:

  1. Is this what is in my documents?
  2. Did I do this last week?
  3. Is this how I want to be remembered?

keyEducation: Continue professional development through continuing education courses, workshops or college courses. Participate in professional organizations and conferences.

keyEthical Conduct: If you have questions on what is right or wrong, review one of the professional codes of conduct in the next section.

keyResourcefulness: Have an active Rolodex, appropriate resource directories and actively network in and out of your field.

keyHonesty: Convey the facts to clients. Keep staff up to date about issues. Be accurate in paperwork.

keyAlertness: Know your staff and your parents, spot observations. Read pertinent periodicals.

keyMindfulness: You are a model to the community, your staff, children in your care and parent.

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