In addition, every child that attends is unique – an original blend of skills, passions and schemas. To help us to provide an environment that is tailored to each individual our skilled practitioners engage with the children and take observations of this special time. Tapestry enhances this process, helping practitioners to capture children’s experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child’s progress.
Text, images and videos can be easily be uploaded using a tablet, PC or mobile – anywhere there’s an online connection. Every entry helps to create a complete story of a child’s Early Years, at nursery and at home. Many of our local schools now use Tapestry and, with parents’ permission, their account and Early Years entries are transferred straight into the hands of their Reception Teacher.
This means there is no need for using ring binders or scrapbooks as learning records, or time consuming written notes and glued-in photos. Our practitioners spend their time doing what they do best – engaging with the children and having fun. When children leave the setting we can transfer the journal to a new setting or school (if they use Tapestry) and parents can download a permanent version of their child’s journal as a keepsake. Parents must request this by emailing the nursery directly, the nursery can then make the journal downloadable. Parents can request to download their child’s Learning Journal up to 90 days after they have left. Following that, the journal is automatically deleted and cannot be retrieved.