Tapestry – Online Learning Journey
All children attending Uphill Primary School have a personal on-line ‘Learning Journey’ which records photos, observations and comments to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception).
We use a piece of education software called ‘Tapestry’, a web-based system, which is hosted on secure servers in the EU. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.
Parents/carers will have access to their child’s Learning Journey through their own secure username and password. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely and you can reflect upon their achievements at home, with your child. You can also add your own comments so that we find out about which activities your child really enjoyed and the learning they get up to at home.
Tapestry can be accessed on a computer or a laptop and also on any Apple or Android device such as a tablet or smartphone. The safeguarding of our children in very important to us. Everything that is added to Tapestry is contained within the school’s account and can only be viewed by the school staff who use the system. Parents/carers will only have access to their own child’s Learning Journey and this cannot be seen by other parents/carers.
In order to accurately record children’s learning and development, it is possible that photographs or videos will contain images of more than one child, i.e. group photographs. These images help to record interactions with other children, which is one of the Early Years goals. In these cases the information will be added to the Learning Journeys of all the children appearing in the photo/video. If you do not wish images of your child to be included in another child’s Learning Journey please inform the school office in writing and we will ensure they are not used in this way. You have the right to make or change this decision at any time.
You may wish to take a look at the Tapestry website where you will find lots of information and videos: https://eyfs.info/tapestry-info/introduction. Further information regarding the security of Tapestry can be found at: https://tapestry.info/features/secure.html.
You will receive your account details within the first two weeks of your child starting school, via the email contact details you have already provided to the school. If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s class teacher or the school office.