A portfolio is a collection of documents contained in a folder. Providers should create a portfolio to share with parents during interviews. Here is a list of documents you should keep in your portfolio:
1. An Introductory page that states:
- Your name, address, phone number and email address
- Give a brief statement about yourself and your family
- Write your child care philosophy
2. Daily Routine page which lists the time of day you do these things: Arrival, free play, story time, music, outdoor play, snacks, lunch, nap, and activities.
3. Include your Hours of Operation.
4. Photos of the children in your day home involved in learning activities.
5. Show parents your First Aid Certificate.
6. Include your Staff Qualification Certificate, Diplomas, Degrees, Awards and Workshop Certificates
7. Fee schedule
8. Insurance Policy from the agency, and your vehicle insurance policy if you drive children in your vehicle.
9. Police Information Checks (Security Clearances) and Child Intervention Record Checks for everyone in your home
10. Polices on Child Guidance, Illness, TV and Media, etc... It's a great time to discuss expectations to see if you are a good match.
Your menu, and activity plans should already be posted at the entrance for families to read.
By sharing this information openly with prospective parents, you are beginning to build a trusting relationship that will be vital to a professional relationship.