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Tapestry – An Online Learning Journal

We have chosen to use an online system of recording your child’s learning in our Early Years Department.
ey-tapestry1Tapestry is a website which can be accessed with a computer, laptop and Apple or Android device such as a tablet or smart phone. We have chosen this company because they are a secure and also exciting way of keeping track of your child’s development during their time with us.
Instead of using the old paper book-style way of recording, we are able instantly to upload photos, videos and observations of your children. You then receive an email alert telling you that something new has been added to your child’s Learning Journal and you can log on and view what your child has been up to. A great advantage of this system is that you can instantly add your own comments to entries, and can show your child’s online book to members of the family.
The safeguarding of our children is very important to us. Everything that is added to Tapestry will be added to our school account and can only be viewed by yourself and a limited number of school staff that use this system. Via a secured login, you will only have access to your child’s own book which cannot be seen by other parents. All our parents are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and it is crucial that you do not share photos or videos from your child’s book on social media or through other online platforms. Any incidents where this confidentiality is broken will be dealt with very seriously and will result in your access to the system being withdrawn.

We would also like to signpost you to Tapestry’s website where you will find lots of information and videos:

http://eyfs.info/tapestry-info/introduction

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use an online system?

ey-tapestry-2Hand writing observations, printing out photos, cutting out and sticking all of these into a paper book is very time consuming. By taking photos and videos that can be instantly uploaded, increases the time that staff can spend with your children, supporting their learning.

We were also impressed with the way in which parents can instantly see what their child has been up to and can easily share this with family members such as grandparents.

How do I get onto the system?

If you consent to us using Tapestry for your child, the school will set up an account for you and provide you with log on details.

Tapestry can be accessed online at: http://eyfs.info/tapestry-info/introduction

It is available as a free app from the Apple Store and also on Android devices.

We will ask you to provide us with an email address so that we can set you up a personal account. This will be a secure way of logging in, and you will only be able to see your own child’s book.

I don’t have a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. How can I access Tapestry?

If you are unable to access the Internet on any device at home, you are very welcome to use one of our computers or iPad within the department. Please let us know if you require this.

I am not very confident with computers or the Internet. How can I access Tapestry?

One of the reasons we choose Tapestry is ease of use. It is a very intuitive system to use, but should you have any problems, a member of the Early Years Team will be happy to support you. We will send out a leaflet explaining how to access Tapestry when you have been signed up.

Why do you need my email address?

Your email address is required in order to set you up with access to your child’s account. It is to ensure security on the site and also so that we can email you when new entries are added for your child.