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My Learning Journey using Tapestry

Providing a nurturing enviroment supporting independence, encouraging curiosty, exploration and a love of learning.

Information for Parents and Carers

Your child’s online Learning Journey celebrates his or her experiences throughout their early education. Over time, it will tell a story about your child – their learning, their friends, the experiences they enjoy and the activities they experience and complete.

Staff watch and notice each child at play because it helps us to understand and support their individual wellbeing and development. We really get to know the children as unique people with special skills, interests and ideas. The more we understand about your child, the better we can support them in the way that is right for them.

Your child’s key person will work together with you to build this Learning Journey on Tapestry as a record of your child’s early years. We value parents and carers using Tapestry at home and sharing their child’s learning. We encourage you to contribute and read observations through on a more informal, regular basis. We also encourage you to talk with your child about their Learning Journey and feel free to add in family photographs or other things of significance for your child.

At this age, so much happens so quickly and we would love to hear about events, activities or achievements which can be uploaded into your child’s Learning Journey. Feel free to write us a quick note on Tapestry, have a chat with a member of staff or upload a photograph of experiences or a drawing to share with us. When you tell us about your child, a clearer picture unfolds and together, we can plan more effectively to help your child’s learning and development. When children are ready, they may also ask you, or their child’s key person to add things that are important to them in their Learning Journey and together we can create a wonderful record of your child’s early years. Every week we share contributions from home on the smartboard in key person groups, this often helps children to feel special and to understand and value others’ experiences at home.

The Learning Journey will include the following:


These capture moments and sequences of your child’s experiences, their interests and explorations. You can add some of your own from home. Sometimes, we will write down exactly what your child says about the photographs, so we know your child’s point of view. This is also an accurate record of language development. Pictures of important people and things from home will help your child to feel secure when making the transition between home and our school. Please feel free to add any photos to the Learning Journey. You could also write down the names of family members or friends pictured in the

photos and we will then be able to talk with your child about things that are important to them.

Your Child’s Creations – These could be photos of models your child has built, photos of their role-play activities, marks they have made or artwork they have created. Sometimes we will add some additional notes to explain what your child did or said.

Observations – As your child completes tasks and activities, staff will observe what your child says and does. We will sometimes make notes of our observations to record information about significant moments in your child’s learning and development. We record important milestones in your child’s learning and use these to think about what and how your child is learning, their development and how best to support them further. You will see ‘Wow!’ moments alongside experiential entries showing your child’s week in nursery school.

Throughout your child’s Learning Journey, you may see references to areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which supports children from birth to the end of their reception year at school.

There are seven Areas of Learning and Development:

  Three Prime Areas
  Communication and                           Language                       (C&L) Personal, Social and                 Emotional        Development
 Physical Development  
Four Specific Areas
  Literacy (L)  Mathematics (M)  Understanding
the World   
  Expressive Arts and Design     

Alongside these Areas of Learning and Development, there are also the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning which describe how your child learns best.

The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning are:

  • Playing and Exploring – Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – Being involved and concentrating, keep trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things

Staff will refer to these areas and the characteristics when planning and preparing activities and also when observing your child.

We hope you enjoy contributing to and reading your child’s Learning Journey. If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff. Thank you!

All children attending Checkendon Pre-School CIO have a personal online Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. This enables us to build up a record of each child’s learning and achievements during their time with us.

We use the Tapestry system, which is hosted on secure, dedicated servers based in the UK. You will have password protected access to your child’s online Learning Journey and we encourage you to contribute to it by uploading photos, videos and comments of their learning development and experiences at home. You are also able to comment on observations made by Pre-School staff.

If you do not have access to the internet at home or work we are able to download your child’s Learning Journey as a pdf file that can be printed or put onto a USB stick. We can also provide access to a school laptop that can be used to view your child’s Learning Journey.