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How to work with your child’s setting to help support their learning at home

by Natalie Williams on October 21

We all experience some kind of parent guilt.

We ask ourselves questions like ‘Am I doing enough for Maximus at school?‘ ‘Am I explaining Priya’s phonics correctly?’ ‘Do I know enough about school?’

Tapestry allows you to view the learning targets met after the teacher has posted an observation. For me, I find this helpful for understanding how Early Years practitioners track and monitor my child, but it also allows me to gain an insight into how progression is seen. From this, I can identify what learning I can help with at home, and make sure I have the tools to help the right way.

Simple newsletters from the school can be posted to Tapestry giving me (busy working mum) an idea of what the school are looking for from a parent, and what events are coming up. I like to be told to go out and find as many different types of leaf as possible because we will be reading ‘Leaf Man’ next week. I feel involved.

I enjoy hearing that my son is learning m, a, s, t and t in phonics and that if I walk around the house finding objects beginning with these initial sounds, it will help cement his understanding. Thanks for the tip on the weekly notes on Tapestry, Mr Jones!

There’s nothing more helpful than being told to add diary dates via Tapestry, or last-minute wellies needed for the nature walk, to help keep you informed of events and weekly learning. All these things Tapestry can help with through notifications sent out.  Yes, attending the phonics workshop in November would be highly valuable, considering I have no idea where to start with reading.

Explanations about new concepts such as Numicon can be added to Tapestry so you’re always in the know about what’s currently happening. Just to add, Mohamed and Jamal have inspired the class to learn the latest Crazy Frog dance so the teachers would like to see a video of the actions for next week‘s homework. Post your best moves on Tapestry. Again, I’m feeling so inspired, thank you for the heads up.

In essence, schools have realised that 20-30 years ago, it was all done differently. Initiatives were vague for our parents, and since we no longer use blackboard and chalk, times have changed along with government expectations of education.  Nowadays schools don’t want parents to feel left out, thinking ‘Letters and Sounds’ is a new game from Hamleys. They want parents to feel included, looked after and knowledgeable on teaching and learning methods taking place in their child’s learning environment.

We talk about transferable skills in our adult life and Tapestry is the platform that really encourages the use of this. But not just for children- the parents learn too. And who doesn’t want to learn how to support their child.

With weaving love from your Tapestry Mum,


Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams has written a series of three articles designed to help parents of children who attend schools or settings using Tapestry as their online learning journal. Her collection of articles are designed specifically to help other parents utilise Tapestry to support learning at home, as well as to highlight - as a busy working mum - how helpful the notifications can be. Drawing on her experiences, she also shares her viewpoint that online learning journals now allow parents who work, to feel involved and part of the school learning community, despite not being able to attend every school meeting or trip. In Natalie's own words, 'I’m mum of two little darling ( and demanding) boys, Eden and Byron. Both insist that I pretend to be the big bad wolf multiple times a day or a human goalpost when the sun is shining. I work from home and live in Essex with my wonderful partner in crime, Dom. If I’m having a bad day, I remember Life is beautiful when you have running water at your fingertips!