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What Does an Early Childhood Professional
There’s not one right way for an early childhood professional to look profes-
sional, but it’s interesting to note that most professions have a look. Think
about it: business people, nurses, and artists all have a look. We certainly
don’t want to generalize about any group of people, but norms of appearance
are common in most fields. Is the lack of “What an early childhood educator
looks like” a deterrent to professional credibility?
Perhaps you need to pay more attention to first impressions and how you
present yourself physically. Looking good is only a small part of being profes-
sional and gaining credibility. Acting professionally helps you hang on to that
credibility. Act the Part is the next step to professionalism.
I Optimize Your Knowledge
1 List three professions other than early childhood education and
describe the professional appearance of each occupation.