There are lots of reasons to use the Tapestry Reports feature.
Some of the data is filled in for you automatically.
When you start a report, you choose the most appropriate template and the child you’d like to make the report for. Certain information about the child will be automatically included at that point. Each template is different, but it might include things like the child’s age and date of entry to your setting.
You can also choose to fill in assessment data for a given time period based on the child’s summative assessment for that assessment framework/curriculum. You can override or add to any of those assessment scores for the purposes of that report if you feel they are not totally accurate. This will spare you from filling it all in manually, meaning you save time and hopefully sanity!
You can easily access supporting data.
One of the main benefits of using Tapestry to do your reports is that everything is in one place. As well as it being possible to get assessment data filled in with just a few clicks, practitioners and teachers can also refer to the written evidence they and their colleagues have been collecting. Some templates will have an ‘observations’ button to show you the observations for that child linked to the subject you’re interested in, but you can also take a look at the other sections on Tapestry e.g. Reflections, the Care Diary, or Documents, without having to search through paperwork or log into any other system.
The templates are flexible.
As with all aspects of Tapestry, Reports have been designed to be flexible. In this case that means you can hide sections that aren’t relevant for you, choose whether you’d like to leave blank space on printed copies for you or for someone else to fill in later, and choose whether you fill in the relatives’ sections on their behalf or leave it for them to do from their own device.
They can help to improve parental engagement.
We believe that technology can make it easier for parents and carers to be engaged with their child’s school or setting. For Reports, we help with that by making it possible for parents to see, contribute, comment on, and sign reports that have been published by staff. Although we don’t think that sending reports digitally should replace conversations with parents and carers about the report, having access to it through their Tapestry account makes it easier to find and view whenever is most convenient for them.
You can include media.
You also have the option of adding media and documents to your reports. This might come in the form of supporting evidence – perhaps a report from an external professional. It can also be used to be creative with collecting things like the child’s voice. For example, rather than just writing what they have said, you might want to record a video of them actually saying it.
It might be one step towards going paper free.
Being able to create, sign and share reports through your computer, tablet, or mobile device means you no longer need to print out paper copies. The Reports are easier to store and find, and the process is a bit more environmentally friendly.
There is an autosave feature.
Finally, let’s not forget the really useful autosave feature. Although we recommend that you do still save frequently, if you walk away without saving or have a sudden loss of power, there is a much lower chance of you losing any work. We all know what a nightmare that is!
If you’d like explore our Reports system as well as everything else Tapestry has to offer and see if it will save you time and money, you can take out a no obligation, free, two week trial today.
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