Professionally managed childcare centers are extensively using online portfolios and you must know why and how online portfolios can help grow your childcare business.
Online portfolios overview
Online portfolios help share the unique learning story of every child enrolled with your center. Therefore, from the point of view of parents, online portfolios are a great way to augment learning outcomes, foster parent engagement, and provide an effective tool for the childcare managers to reflect on their performance and improve the activities of their center.
More than anything, online portfolios can be easily integrated into your records and can add better value to the records. The digital record keeping facilitated by online portfolios can add more professionalism to your childcare business.
Objectives to achieve through childcare portfolios
We can say childcare portfolios are a structured collection of records that can provide a personalized portrait of every child’s growth and development in your center. It captures the uniqueness of every child in digital format and helps assess their progress in real time. It is a great tool to understand the learning outcomes at your center and identify the patterns in the development and behavior of every child.
Childcare portfolios facilitate collaborate understanding and working between the childcare managers and parents. They help children reflect and also gather the feedback of parents from time to time so that you can highlight the best in every child in particular and the best of your center in general.
Why Child Care Portfolios are important
Most childcare centers find child care portfolios a very interesting project since they help align diverse kinds of educational activities happening at your center. By helping you gather your observations and reports while making the portfolio, you keep track of your vision and purpose of your childcare business so that you can create the best impact on the community you are working for. Online portfolios help document all that is happening at the center and keep the parents well informed of the best aspects of you center’s child care and educational process.
They are a very useful extension of the process of tracking the development of children and help translate your day to day observations into a narrative of big picture. Such a narrative is a great way to connect with the parents in a meaningful and productive way and turn the otherwise abstract set of evaluations and scores into a perceivable timeline of growth and development.
Working with portfolios in a systematic way helps add some definite purpose and structure into your center’s working and you are moved into an effective format to document your performance, activities and progress. Portfolios help make your approach intentional and personalized across lesson planning and provide you an effective way to reflect on the outcomes for every child entrusted to your care. Reflecting on the portfolios at a later stage can also help understand what has worked and what has not, to be able to guide your planning for future.