I had an interesting query this week about Portfolios.
- How much non-contact time should staff have?
- How much money should a Portfolio cost us?
- How much time can we expect staff to do in their own time?
- What do we ‘legally’ have to do?
What a great question. We all get caught up working day in and day out, how often are we reviewing how we ‘do’ Curriculum.Look at ‘Curriculum’ of the Licensing Criteria.
C1-13 Talks about ‘assessment, planning, and evaluation (documented and undocumented)’ How we need to be ‘responsive to children as confident and competent learners’.
We need documentation to show what we do and this can be in the form of ‘portfolios, wall displays, policies and procedures’
I personally think Portfolios are great, for following and supporting children’s development, for children to show what they are doing and for parents to share in their children’s days and learning.
Is the way you ‘do’ Portfolios, the best way for your Centre? With the funding issues we are facing, have you looked at what they cost you per child.
One Centre believes they cost $200 per child per year! $200 x 30ch = $6000 per year!
I wonder what your Christian resource budget is.