It’s encouraging to hear Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand state that they’ve seen a national shift towards e-portfolios in early childhood services becoming a norm over the last 3 years. As identified in CORE’s 10 trends for 2015, the e-portfolio provides teachers ‘with the ability to offer increasingly personalised, meaningful, engaging learning experiences for students. To track their progress… and to make informed decisions about strategies that are most likely to make a difference for that student.’
I have been involved in an e-portfolio platform called Storypark as an advisor on behalf of CORE Education, and I’m very excited about the possibilities it provides the early years sector.
The community is key to a child’s development
As the saying goes, “It takes a community to raise a child”. Research shows that partnerships with families are a critical part of early childhood education (Mitchel. L, et al. 2006). A secure and user-friendly e-portfolio should support parents and teachers to communicate and work together to nurture the learning journey of the child.