With the arrival of the new Development Matters and ELGs we have the opportunity to make much-needed changes in the Early Years.
There is a move away from collecting and analysing data and the associated tick lists. Instead the focus is on careful curriculum design, depth of learning rather than coverage, and on your knowledge of each child
To support this, we are introducing a new approach for early adopters using the new Development Matters and ELGs.
There won’t be the option to tick Development Matter statements. Instead you will be able to ‘flag’ observations which relate to specific Areas of Learning, ELGs, and Checkpoints, as well as other descriptors e.g. Learning Behaviours, Motivation for Learning, and reasons to celebrate.
This will create a bank of observations to refer back to that can be sorted and selected as required. If you’re interested in the thinking behind this new system, take a look at Ben Case’s article – Development Matters for Early Adopters on Tapestry.
You will also be directed to relevant reference material which can help you with your observations. This includes the Development Matters statements, ELG statements, and Checkpoints, but also a variety of other useful articles and videos which have been handpicked by our education team.
Later in the year we will be adding an assessment screen to assist you with following children’s progress.
To find out what else Tapestry can do, take a look at our Features page.Tapestry Features
Early Adopter ELGs
The new ELGs are available on Tapestry for if you'd like to use them as an early adopter.
Reflections for Reflective Practice
Record reflective thoughts, link them to existing observations or flag them and share with your colleagues.
The Foundation Stage Forum
Access the FSF with your Tapestry login details for free! The forum is a gathering place for educators to talk and to find articles, resources, and podcasts.
As children become more independent, you may want to give them access to their own Tapestry accounts, allowing them to view and contribute to their own journals.