As part of the EYFS framework we are required to regularly assess how children are learning and developing by observing them. We use the information that we gain from observations, as well as photographs of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. To help parents, carers, children and staff benefit from this process your child will be allocated a ‘Key Person’. Your child’s Key Person will work closely with your child and get to know them and their learning and development needs. We believe it is vital that we work in this way to support your child to fulfil their own achievements.
We operate using an online observation and assessment system called ‘Tapestry’ where each child has their own journal dedicated to them. This online journal is where the key person will upload any photographs, observations and work that can be used to assess where they are on the developmental scale. You will be given a special password to use which enables you to log into your child’s individual learning journey as and when you wish and also enables you to upload your own photos and observations should you wish. Every child will be assessed three times a year which helps us to see how each child is progressing, if they need any additional support in any area or if they are excelling and require further challenges. In addition to this, we are now legally required to do a two year check on each child in our care. This is a collaboration between the setting and parents/carers to see how a child is developing and we aim to do this the term after the child reaches 2.5 years.
All observation and assessment is done in partnership with parents and we want you to be as involved as possible. Your child’s online journal is available 24/7 and we welcome comments from parents and photos from home to help us build a stronger picture of each and every child.