It is my aim that parents be involved in all aspects of their child's development through out the day (IE discussions, observations, newsletters, etc.). One of the advantages of a home-based environment is that I am here at both arrival and departure to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your child?s development.
Each child's progress and developmental milestones will be monitored daily. To enhance daily monitoring and ensure I am meeting the children?s individual needs, I also complete a semi-annual overview of your child?s progress. Using a combination of daily observational notes combined with a developmental progress report to ensure that your child is on the right track to optimum early learning and, when the time arrives, well prepared for school.
An authentic portfolio is used by many early years educators to help with program planning and setting the stage for each child's individual learning style and needs to ensure the best foot forward into the school system.
It is a living document that chronicles your little ones early years development throughout their time in the program; their interests and explorations, their learning style, communication style, discoveries and peer interactions. As indicate above this is done through use of digital photography, video, written observations, developmental checklist screening and saving of varied work samples.
Portfolio development is not only an amazing tool for educators but also make a wonderful keepsake for children and parents!
Please note in 2009 the paper version of a portfolio shown here was replaced with a more environmentally friendly and diverse 'digital portfolio' with each child having all their treasures, photos and stories saved on a memory stick which plays in a Digital frame in the playroom for review by the children and parents. As well as all digital documentation is uploaded to the private parent portal for easy review from home or at work when on break and needing a fix of your little one.