Part of the requirements of children being in an Early Years Setting is to document a child’s progress through the form of a ‘Learning Journey’. Up until now we have used a paper format, after careful consideration and much research we have decided to create individual ‘Learning Journeys’ for your child through a piece of educational software called ‘Tapestry’.
What is ‘Tapestry’?
Tapestry is a programme which enables staff to use iPads securely, to photograph, write notes, and video your child’s progress at Pre-School. We then link these through the programme to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Staff will be able to immediately record observations directly into your child’s personal Learning Journey.
Parents and Tapestry
One of the key reasons we chose ‘Tapestry’ over many other learning journey systems was because of the interactive opportunities for parents. With Tapestry parents can view, add comments and photographs from the comfort of their own home via a secure password system. At Ramsbury Pre-School links between the home and setting is key to ensuring we meet each individual child’s needs. We love to celebrate achievements that have happened at home whether big or small, be this getting dressed by themselves, sleeping through the night, coming out of nappies or swimming without a woggle. Tapestry is a simple tool that we hope you will find easy in sharing progress with the staff.
How do I view my child’s learning journey?
By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to view all of your child’s observations, photographs and even video from their time at Ramsbury Pre-School. You will even receive an optional email telling you when a new observation or piece of work is available for you to view. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely and you can reflect upon their achievements with your child. You can add comments so that we as a staff find out about which activities your child really enjoyed and the learning they get up to at home. Staff will reference your child’s learning to the EYFS so you will know which area of learning your child is achieving in and the age-band they were working in for that activity. All of this information is stored on a highly secure server which is managed closely.
E-safety is extremely important to us at Ramsbury Pre-School, therefore we ask you to sign an agreement to show that you understand and will agree to adhere to our guidelines.
If for any reason you do not have access to a computer, tablet or other device at home you will always be able to view your child’s learning journey at the setting using the log in details. During the year we will arrange more formal opportunities for you to meet with your child’s key person to discuss and talk about your child’s progress. At the end of the year we will make arrangements for you to have either a print out or CD of the your child’s learning journey at a small charge to cover expenses.
We are sure that you will love this new way of viewing your child’s achievements as much as we do! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff at Pre-School or email Emma Gagen on firstname.lastname@example.org.