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Learning Journeys, re-imagined

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Learning Journals and special books have grown in popularity over the last decade, offering early years settings a way to record the special moments of their children, and to keep parents involved in a partnership as their children blossom and grow. More recently they have been used in conjunction with the EYFS developmental stages to assess more formally how children are progressing.

Traditionally these individual records have been collected in scrapbooks or binders, building up into a treasured memoir that children can take with them when they leave for the next stages of their journey through life - each entry forming a thread in the warp and weft of the tapestry that is their life.

The cost, in both time and money, of providing these journals has often caused great problems for managers and staff in EYFS settings. The purchase of the scrap books alone can be significant, and printing photographs, and cutting, pasting and writing in the journals is a time consuming affair.

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Additionally, managers experience the trauma of sending their journals home with parents, only to find they return them late or even lose them. In the event of parents who are separated it can be difficult to make the journals available to both in a fair way; and if one parent is away for other reasons (for example a serving member of the armed forces who is on active duties) it is impossible to use the physical journal as a means of keeping up to date with a son or daughter.

What if it was possible to create records of observations instantly? To add notes and images and have them immediately available to any authorised person as part of the complete story of the child's life at their nursery. To have parents able to view and comment on these special moments, and to be able to contribute their own stories of the child's life outside nursery?

Well, we believe you can. This is what we call Tapestry. Online Learning Journals, from the imagineers at the FSF!

Features

  • A complete standalone application with your own web address, with full management functions to control access and communication, for parents and staff, and editorial control over all journals and records.
  • Journals created for each of your children, with full control over who can view and edit them.
  • A growing number of designs for you to choose from.
  • Each observation or page can include notes, photographs and EYFS assessments, characteristics of learning and videos. They can be enhanced by comments from other staff and parents, and each page appears in a pleasing and coherent way.
  • View the complete set of observations as a learning journey, flipping through a single child's observation pages, in time-order, or filtering in flexible ways to access your favourite records. Bookmark your favourites for quick access.
  • Upload an observation to multiple childrens' journals simultaneously, then split and edit individually if necessary.
  • Convert to PDF and give to parents as CD or print hardcopies as appropriate.
  • Observations can be uploaded in one single process that makes a new entry immediately available or, optionally, hidden until the manager has approved them.
  • Each child's journey can have individual accounts set up for parents and relatives to access.
  • Parents can comment on new entries and even add their own.
  • Mobile apps allow new entries to be made from iPhones,iPads and Android devices.
  • Intuitive EYFS 'tagger' allows assessments to be made down to statement level, and multiple EYFS assessments can be made for a single observation (optional - you decide in your management screen).
  • Automatic emails generated for parents when new entries are made.

Next Steps

Look through the excellent resources here including a video about using Tapestry from the perspective of a setting manager/EYP, some testimonials, and screen shots of Tapestry from the web and mobile applications.

If you have any further questions please feel free to email us or, if you are a member of the FSF already, just ask a question in the Forum or use our private message system to PM us.

Tapestry Video

Using Tapestry in a real setting

Watch this short introductory video, which gives an overview of the use of Tapestry in a real setting from the perspective of a Setting Manager/EYP.

At the end of the video you will be offered the opportunity to join a mailing list and receive news about future Tapestry developments. Alternatively, use the form below the video.

Tapestry Testimonials

What our customers are saying

...Tapestry is fantastic by the way - it's revolutionised the way we collect assessment evidence and present data. Thank you so much....

...I really cannot fault you and the team for your prompt and very helpful replies. Once again big big thank yous....

...I have been talking within senior leadership about how this could be used within KS1 and we are all of the opinion this would be a fantastic way to capture evidence of processes of learning....

...Earlier this year we extended its use to the children's centre attached to our school and can see the potential for a rich learning journal that could span the first five years. Amazing!...

...We have been using Tapestry in FS for almost a year and it has transformed assessments and planning....

...I cannot tell you what a huge impact it has had on our practice....

...Only today our head was saying how brilliant it was - I took a balance bike club last night after school and before some of them had even got home, the photos were up there on their Tapestry so that parents who were not able to attend could see exactly how their child got on....

...I think this system offers the great opportunity of accessing the information at your own convenience....

...You should be in EVERY school and nursery. It could be part of our standard system and it is truly spectacular....

...Thought Tapestry was great already but you just keep improving it. Well done to all of the team and thank you....

Tapestry Screenshots

See the magic for yourself!

Below are some screenshots of various areas within the Tapestry application, from the perspective of managers or relatives. Click on an image to view a larger resolution version, and use the navigation arrows in the popup to move through them.

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Mobile Apps

Use Tapestry on your mobile device

Find information about downloading the Tapestry mobile app for your Apple or Android mobile device here, and see some screen shots from the app.

Available on the App Store

Apple Devices

Download the Tapestry mobile app from the Apple App Store here, or by typing "tapestry fsf" into the search function.

Screenshots from the Apple app

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Get it on Google Play

Android Devices

Download the Android mobile app from Google Play here, or by typing "tapestry fsf" into the search function.

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Tapestry Support

Your questions answered

We are proud of our responsiveness at the FSF. Over the last ten years we have built a reputation as a reliable and personal early years presence in a continually changing world.

The FSF community has a deserved reputation as a generous support network, and you will benefit from a dedicated Tapestry forum area for questions, suggestions and open feedback, quite apart from access to the program design and development team. Help us build Tapestry the way you would like to see it and, in doing so, make it your own!

Support Resources