The Early Years Foundation Stage requires settings to assign a 'Keyperson' to every child whose role is to ensure that every child's learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs. The keyperson must seek to engage and support parents and/or carers in guiding their child's development at home. To ensure each child's progress is regularly assessed and parents are engaged in their learning we use an online learning journey system called Tapestry. The system enables staff to update photographs and observations of each child's activities which can then be assessed to ensure progress is being made, but also allows parents to view exactly what their child has been doing in the setting. I am sure you have all asked the question 'What have you done today?' to be met with the answer 'Nothing', this system lets the whole family share your child's journey through school.
The system is hosted on a secure server and as part of our admissions paperwork you will be asked permission to create a file for your child and provide an email address to allow you access - it is not compulsory but I am sure once you see it you will love it. The system also encourages parents to comment observations and add their own photographs, we love to hear what you have been up to. Each subscriber is given a unique log in and is only able to view their own child's journal, ensuring complete confidentiality.
Norton Juxta Kempsey also subscribes to Tapestry so the information and assessments are transferred if your child moves onto NJK, this eases the transition giving the Reception teachers lots of information about your child ensuring their learning is supported in the right way straight from the start. You will also receive a CD of your child's Learning Journey to keep forever.
“Tapestry is a brilliant tool, which really allows parents to see what their children are doing in pictures and words, especially parents who are unable to attend the pre-school for drop off and collection.” Parental survey August 2014
Below you will see an example of an observation (the parents have given permission for this to be shared)