Our Approach To Your Child’s Learning Journey
Observation Cycle and Tracking
At Pre-School we carry out regular observations on your child which allows us to monitor their learning journey as well as providing activities which suit each child’s current level of development.
We carry out observations through using an online learning journey called Tapestry. As you can imagine Pre-School is a very busy place to be with lots of fun activities going on. From messy play, cooking, writing, reading, dancing, games and preparing children for school, there’s so much for children to do, learn and take in.
Tapestry enhances this special time, helping our Pre-School practitioners to capture children’s experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is shared online with you as parents as well as Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents (if requested), etc. All these people are able to see special moments and view your child’s progress. These special moments are accessed through their own secure password which is set up by Pre-School once we have gained permission.
Parents and relatives can upload photographs and videos through the Tapestry App on phones and computers, allowing us to share experiences with one another inside and outside of the setting. Every entry helps to create a complete story of a child’s time in and out of Pre-School.
Not only is Tapestry great for observing your child and sharing with you their experiences and learning at Pre-School, we are also able to use information gained from observation in and out of the setting to allow us to complete tracking documents three times a year (one a term). This allows you to have regular feedback on your child’s learning. In between the tracking documents you also have regular observations through the Tapestry profile. You will receive an initial observation which is done as a video through Tapestry within the first two weeks of a child settling in to Pre-School followed by four photograph observations per month as well as a video observation each term (minimum of three a year).
We also provide a parents evening with your child’s Key Person twice a year. These are ran in the January/February and then in July to allow us to sit down and discuss any concerns as well as sharing your child’s achievements. We complete a ‘Parents evening’ document which allows us to record and up-date information as well as discussing agreed next steps.
While observing and tracking children’s development, we assess their learning against The Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) learning objectives which are within seven areas of learning. We ensure that all assessments give parents the opportunity to comment on as we are aware that you know your child best and we are always keen to get your input on your child’s learning. The headings of the areas of the EYFS learning objectives which allow us to assess children’s development and evaluate observations are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
All children are provided with their own red profiles once they have started. Children know it is their special folder where we store art work in. Within their learning journey we also store tracking documents printed from Tapestry, Parent’s Evening documents and home achievements. This folder is built up during their time here and then wrapped up and handed to each child alongside their PE Kits (bought by Pre-School) ready for School at their Graduation/end of year party.