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Professionalism: Learn At A Place of Our Own, we view caring for children as one of the most important things that anyone can do, and “professionalism” is the word we use to describe how to care for children using the best standards, practices, strategies, ethics, resources, and materials available.

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  • Turn everyday routines into learning experiences.
  • Know their own strengths and weaknesses and work to get better at the things they don’t do well.
  • Connect with other child care providers to share strategies and resources.
  • Understand the ethical issues involved in caring for children and act in ethical ways.
  • Act as excellent role models for children in the language they use and they way they treat others.
  • Work together with parents to provide the best care possible for children.
  • Provide safe physical space for children and know how to respond calmly in emergencies.
  • Create nurturing learning environments for children and engage them in a variety of activities.
  • Provide nutritious snacks and meals.
  • Take care of themselves as well as for children.
  • Know the resources available in their own communities and take advantage of them.
  • Know that learning is a lifelong process and seek to improve their own skills and knowledge.

Professionalism can involve becoming accredited or licensed. That can be a great way to increase your income without devoting any more hours to child care than you do now. But it isn’t limited to licensing. Improving your skills benefits the children in your care. It can also give you confidence, new ideas, and practice that can make your job easier and more rewarding.


Because children learn from everything around them, and especially from the caring adults in their lives, you are a teacher. Seeing yourself as a professional can put you in touch with others who do what you do so you can learn from them and exchange strategies. In addition to watching and learning from A Place of Our Own, you can learn more about increasing your professional skills by visiting:

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children provides accreditation for child care programs. Among the many resources on their website are explanations of what constitutes high quality practice and explorations of ethical questions for child care providers. Also especially helpful are a series of short articles, Early Years are Learning Years. These articles are searchable by topic at: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/eyly/


From the website of First Five California you can download the brochure, “Finding Quality Child Care for Your Child” (click on Quality Child Care) in English or Spanish. Use the advice to parents as a checklist for your own practice. What should parents expect from you? What are you already doing?


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