From September 2016, we are using a programme called Tapestry to keep online learning journals for all our children. A record of your child’s learning and development will be available for you to log in to from your computer, tablet or smartphone so you can keep up to date with how they are getting on at nursery. You will be able to see photographs, videos and examples of their work as well as checking which developmental milestones they have reached. You will also be able to upload photographs, videos and comments from their time with you. All our parents who have accessed the programme so far are really pleased with it and are especially happy that they are able to send photos and videos of their child’s time at nursery to friends and family. The programme will really help us to work on children’s learning in partnership with parents. Here is an introduction to Tapestry from Foundation Stage Forum, who are the programme’s developers:-
“Learning Journals and special books have grown in popularity over the last decade, offering early years settings a way to record the special moments of their children, and to keep parents involved in a partnership as their children blossom and grow. More recently they have been used in conjunction with the EYFS developmental stages to assess more formally how children are progressing. Traditionally these individual records have been collected in scrapbooks or binders, building up into a treasured memoir that children can take with them when they leave for the next stages of their journey through life - each entry forming a thread in the warp and weft of the tapestry that is their life. The cost, in both time and money, of providing these journals has often caused great problems for managers and staff in EYFS settings. The purchase of the scrap books alone can be significant and printing photographs, and cutting, pasting and writing in the journals is a time consuming affair. Additionally, managers experience the trauma of sending their journals home with parents, only to find they return them late or even lose them. In the event of parents who are separated it can be difficult to make the journals available to both in a fair way; and if one parent is away for other reasons (for example a serving member of the armed forces who is on active duties) it is impossible to use the physical journal as a means of keeping up to date with a son or daughter. What if it were possible to create records of observations instantly? To add notes and images and have them immediately available to any authorised person as part of the complete story of the child’s life at their nursery. To have parents able to view and comment on these special moments, and to be able to contribute their own stories of the child’s life outside nursery? Well, we believe you can. This is what we call Tapestry. Online Learning Journals, from the imaginers at the FSF! “
If you require any information about the programme or a demonstration of how it works, please ask staff in the setting or see our display in reception.