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  1. Downloading Reports

    You are very welcome Childsplaypreschool! Do let us know if you have any further queries or doubts we can assist you with Best wishes, Olaya
  2. Downloading Reports

    Hi Childsplaypreschool, Indeed, reports are not included in the children's journal exports at the moment, but this is something we'd like to add in the future In the meantime, and so you can send these to the relatives at your setting, there are two ways you can proceed: 1) Export each report individually into your computer and distribute them as appropriate. For this, you'd have to export each single report individually, as it is not possible to do so in bulk, I am afraid. You'd have to go to your 'childrens' section > click on the name of the child whose reports you'd like to export > click on 'reports' > enter the report you'd like to export > click on the 'export' button that you'll find next to the 'edit' button on the top right hand side. You'd have to do this per report and child. 2) Make the reports visible for relatives. When you make a report visible for relatives, the parents themselves will be able to export the file directly into their devices! Similar to the observations, by default, all reports are kept hidden from relatives until the setting is happy to share these with them. Here's a tutorial that explains how to make reports visible for relatives: *new* Making reports visible to relatives Once the reports are available for relatives, they will be able to view these by going to their children section, clicking on their child's name, and then clicking on 'reports'. If the access the report by clicking on the title, they will be able to export a PDF copy by clicking on the 'export' button. I hope this was helpful, but if you have any further doubts please do not hesitate to contact us on customer.service@eyfs.info. Best wishes, Olaya
  3. Tapestry Register?

    Hi Mouseketeer! Thank you so much for your interest in the register feature! Indeed, this is something we are working with the hopes of having it ready as soon as possible. We are still tweaking things here and there, so we are hoping to be able to take on testers within the next couple of months. I have added you to the list of interested people so we can be in touch with you the moment this is available for testing Best wishes, Olaya
  4. SEND assessment system

    Hi Emma_t12, I have just sent you a copy of the SEND statements - do keep an eye on your spam/junk folder just in case Best wishes, Olaya
  5. EYFSP

    Hi bry1973, I'm so very sorry it has taken me this long to get back to you! Oh - I'm with you now! Although you are correct in saying the ELGs are marked as emerging, expected and exceeding for the purposes of the EYFSP, to sit well with the assessments of emerging, developing and secure for all of the previous age-bands, we decided to keep the terminology consistent. However, if you mark the ELG as either emerging or developing, Tapestry translates these judgements to a '1', ie emerging, for the pusposes of the EYFSP. An ELG Tapestry judgement registered as 'secure' is translated to the EYFSP as a '2- expected'; ie the child has achieved the goal, and is therefore at expected. A Tapestry ELG judgement of ELG+ is translated into 'exceeding' for your FSP, ie a '3'. So, although the terminology does not change from the age-band assessments in Tapestry to the ELG assessments (ie they all use emerging, developing and secure), the numbers that appear on your FSP will be the appropriate ones correctly attached to emerging (1), expected (2) and exceeding (3) as described above. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Olaya
  6. Starting Tapestry Assessment

    Hi Charlotte, Please accept my apologies - I have only just noticed you replied with some more queries! Let me answer these one at a time Colour coding of the summative assessment screen. It is possible that you have your summative assessment colour coding set up so it also takes the refinement into account. If this is enabled, your summative assessment will display the colour based on the refinements (emerging, developing and secure). Each age band is divided in three refinements: Emerging, Developing and Secure. Each refinement takes an age frame within the age band. For instance, the 30-50 age band is divided in 30-37 as Emerging, 37-43 as Developing, and 43-50 as Secure. 40-60, on the other side, is divided in 40-47 (E), 47-53 (D) and 53-60 (S). Also, the summative assessment considers a child's age as it would be at the midpoint of the assessment period. This is, if a assessment period goes from September to December, and a child starts the period as being 46 months old, but will finish at 50 months old, the system will consider the child as being 48 months old throughout the entire period. So let's say that your child is, indeed, 48 months old at your period's midpoint. In this case, when they are assessed as 30-50 Secure they will show as green as they are working at their age within the age band and the refinement - remember that secure in this age band covers from 43-50. However, if they are assessed as Emerging for 40-50, although the age band might seem higher than the previous one, because they are assessed with a refinement of Emerging, the summative assessment will recognise them as being assessed for the refinement period 40-47, which is below their age of 48 and, thus, it will show the results in red. I appreciate it might take a little while to get your head around this 'maths' but once you understand this everything will appear much clearer! So if your summative assessments use refinements when assigning the colour coding for whether a child is above, at or below expectations it will consider their age against the age period that each refinement is within that age band. We appreciate that there is some overlapping from one age band to another, and that it is possible to be working 'at' on a lower age band and 'below' at a higher one, but this is when your knowledge of the child and professional expertise determines when to worry about these scores. You can check if this is clicked on control panel > settings > summative assessments. How the summative assessments are calculated. How your summative assessments are calculated depends on how you have configured EYFS summative assessment options for your account: - Age bands only. Tapestry chooses the average (mean) age band from the assessments (made as part of your observations) for each aspect.- Age bands and refinements. Tapestry chooses the average (mean) age band and refinement using the age bands and refinements from the assessments (made as part of your observations) for each aspect. We do this by converting each combination of age band and refinement into a linear scale (0-11 E = 1, 0-11 D = 2, 0-11 S = 3, 8-20 E = 4 etc.), averaging that and then converting it back into an age band and refinement. For assessments that don't have a refinement, we use 'Developing'.- Age bands and statements. For each assessment (made as part of your observations), Tapestry turns the number of statements ticked into a refinement. Less than 1/3 of statements ticked is Emerging, 1/3 to 2/3 is Developing, and 2/3 to all is Secure. We then average these out using the Age bands and refinements method.- Age bands, refinements, and statements. For each assessment (made as part of your observations), if there is no refinement, Tapestry creates one from the statements using the Age bands and statements method. We then average these out using the Age bands and refinements method. You can check and amend this option from control panel > settings > summative assessments > Early Years Foundation Stage > base summative assessment estimations on. However, please note that the Development Matters statements were not designed as a tick-list, or a set of milestones, where each child is expected to achieve them all. Nancy Stewart, co-author of the Development Matters, has written an article for us which further explains why the statements should not be used as a tick-list. You can find this article here. It is a really excellent article and I urge you to read it. In it, she explains that children do so much more than those statements might demonstrate and staff should be widening their observations and assessments of children. You might also find the links below, to further articles on how to effectively assess using the EYFS, helpful to read through. Everything You Need To Know About Observation - and Why We Do It Observing and assessing extended tutorial for Tapestry users We do have an 'end of year tracking for EYFS' webinar coming the 4th of July at 4 pm - would you like to attend this? You can also view all of our webinar recordings here. I hope this was helpful! Best wishes, Olaya
  7. Next Steps in Tapestry

    Hi puddleduck22, Thank you so much for getting in touch with us via the forum! The Tapestry approach to observing and assessing a child focuses on the holistic development of a child, so our next steps take a broad view from the whole age band within Development Matters, and include Positive Relationships ideas and Enabling Environment suggestions. These are generated once a child has been assessed in the period you are looking at, and once a chid's summative assessment reaches the desired progression, new next steps will be generated. Please note that The Development Matters statements were not designed as a tick-list, or a set of milestones, where each child is expected to achieve them all. They are just examples of the kinds of behaviour and knowledge that children exhibit within those age bands. We really do not want to promote the process of turning them into a ticklist, which is precisely why the next steps do not display on a certain order, changing and moving down the list as statements are ticked off. So you can see exactly how the next steps have been thought of in Tapestry, I am leaving here a couple of links to some articles that you might find interesting, as well as our 'Next Steps' webinar recording: The Practicalities of Next Steps Next steps, choose wisely Using Tapestry to inform your professional judgement when setting next steps - 25th January 2018 However, if you have any further queries, doubts or comments, please do contact us on customer.service@eyfs.info and we will be happy to answer all of your questions and look into any particular cases if necessary. Best wishes, Olaya
  8. Reactivate tapestry

    Hi swayne, Welcome to the forum!! Thank you so much finlesymaid for your contribution When a parent accidentally deactivates their account they are unsubscribing from Tapestry. The resubscription process is similar to that of reactivating users, but it does require to whitelist the email address before being able to reactivate them. This tutorial here explains step by step how you can deal with the resubscription process, but if you have any further questions, please do let us know on customer.service@eyfs.info Best wishes, Olaya
  9. SEND assessment system

    Hi Sam66, I will send you a copy to your email straight away Best wishes, Olaya
  10. Hi greenfield and Lesley_Smith, Welcome to the forum!! I have now added you both to the attendees list; we will be in touch with you closer to the date to let you know how to access the online meeting room
  11. EYFSP

    Hi bry1973! You can actually complete your EYFSP reports directly from Tapestry. To do so, please go to tracking and then EYFS - the EYFSP section will show at the very bottom of the options. Please note that Tapestry will only generate the report if there is data for the very last assessment period for the cohort finishing Reception this year. This is, if your last assessment period has not started yet, the report will not be populated. This tutorial here explains in a very detailed manner where you can find the feature, and how to use it, for your EYFSP submission. If you have any further doubts or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on customer.service@eyfs.info Best wishes, Olaya
  12. We are very excited to announce that a tagging feature is now live in Tapestry! From now on, you’ll be able to tag key words by putting a hashtag (#) in front of the word you’d like to label in any observation. This feature will allow you to create an additional category of your choice, which you’ll then be able to use to sort through observations via the tagged word. This feature is on by default, but if you’d like to disable it you can do so from control panel > settings > observations.
  13. Starting Tapestry Assessment

    Hi again Charlotte!! Tapestry will automatically create a baseline for each of your children based on the observations and assessments added throughout the first three weeks of their 'Tapestry life'. You can check and edit each child's baseline from tracking > EYFS > baseline > individual screen. This might be useful if you'd like to set your children's baseline to what it was when they started the academic year! However, based on what you are telling us, I believe that the best way forward for you would be to manually add the scores for the previous assessment periods directly into the summative assessment screen for each individual child, so you can then compare the data from one assessment period to another - this will also help you with tracking progress and attainment despite only just starting using Tapestry. You can do this in two ways: 1) Manually enter the summative assessment scores in the summative assessment screen. For this, you'd have to go to tracking > EYFS > summative assessment > individual screen. You'd then have to filter through your children - please note that you'd have to do this one child at a time - and the correct assessment period, i.e. Spring 2 2017/2018. You'd then be able to manually choose an age band and refinement (if you have these enabled for your account - you can check this on control panel > settings > summative assessments) for the corresponding aspects, and then manually save the changes. 2) Create one observation for each child, including a (summative) assessment for each corresponding area.. For this, you'd have to add one observation for each child, making sure that you change the date to any day included in the Spring 2 term, i.e. 12th of April. Within this observation, you'd then add an assessment for each corresponding area for that assessment period; this assessment would have to be the actual summative assessment score, which the system would then use to 'calculate' the figures in the actual summative assessment screen. This option will also allow you to mark any DM statements that you'd like, but please be advised that the DM statements were not designed as a tick-list as these are just examples of the kinds of behaviour and knowledge that children exhibit within those age bands. We really do not want to promote the process of turning them into a tick-list. So how you go on about it is entirely up to you, but either way you can, indeed, back up your data into Tapestry. I hope this is all clear, but do not hesitate to contact us on customer.service@eyfs.info if you have any further doubts
  14. Splitting obs

    Hi Charlotte, Welcome to the forum! That is correct - I am afraid that there is not an option to split observations directly from the app. This is definitely a feature we are planning on adding to the app in the future, so please bear with us! In the meantime, you can split your observations directly from your mobile device or tablet by accessing the account through the browser version; the site is 'responsive' which means it will adjust to the size of your screen making it easy to navigate!
  15. Hi again Kathryn!! I have added you to the list for this webinar as well