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The New Development Matters

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.


Screenshot of the flags you can add to an observation. The Development Matters ones have been selected.


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.


Some of the reference material you will be able to find within observations.


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