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Paper-based Vs. Electronic EYFS observations

We tend to stick to traditional working methods because its what we know strattera dosage. Stepping outside our comfort zone is something we try to avoid. Impressing Ofsted and maintaining an outstanding nursery can be challenging. Trusting what you know is seen as the easy option. But its also important to stay up-to-date with the latest innovations, and an online learning and management system is the step you need to take to warrant this.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum means that nursery staff need to carry out regular observations of every child within the organisation, ensuring that their learning and development incorporates their interests and needs as well as recording special moments within their progress. The evidence collected from these observations is analysed regularly to make assessments of the children’s learning and development, against the government guidelines. Most nurseries are still stuck in the dark ages, using a paper-based system to record these observations.

But what happens when you loose an observation? What if the government guidelines change? How do you search for data quickly without having to read through every page of each individuals learning journal?

This is where technology flourishes…

EYFS practitioners have many concerns over technology and recording observations. However, the benefits to using an online eJournal definitely out ways any worries over technology, and here’s why:


Taking photographs within observations.

It’s a pain having to take a photo on the camera, upload all your images and scroll through numerous files to retrieve the photo you are after. Utilising a tablet, with a camera enables staff to take a picture during an observation and upload it straight away onto the individual’s observation.

Saving Time.

We’ve all been there, when we’ve missed an assesment and had to flick back through the entire journal of information to search for the one we are missing. Utilising an online system will ensure you are notified if there is a missing assessment, down to the specific criteria that is required.

Progress Reports.

Ever wanted to see how just the boys are developing in your nursery? Or how a certain age bracket is progressing? With an online system you can filter through various preferences and within seconds have a progress report displayed for your analysis. These can be transformed into bar charts, pie charts and various different graphs to improve the way in which you can interpret your data.

Communication, internally and externally.

Rather than printing out a memo or newsletter every week, just send it through the online management system. Notify your staff when their deadlines are, or remind parents when term times begin. Instead of wondering if everyone has seen your latest news bulletin, publish it within your online portal for everyone to see.

These are just a few of the ways in which an electronic method of recording assessments out way the old, tired paper-based method you have used for years.


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The Education Technology Industry

We no longer hear of classrooms using a blackboard and chalk. Today, the future of education clearly lies in EdTech, the use of various technologies to enhance and facilitate education. Although, technology should not take over the classroom - I still firmly believe a teacher’s presence stands necessary.

However, research finds that technology can make a positive impact on educational performance and learning, increasingly, a growing body of evidence now suggests that when systematically implemented, educational technology can support a wide range of educational innovations, support in the classroom, peer-to-peer teaching and vast customised learning.

In recent years, Educational Technology has boomed throughout the UK. According to one report from the Education Foundation, EdTech is one of the fastest growing tech sectors in London. There are over 200 EdTech startups and SMEs based in the capital, with another 1000 across the UK. The Education Technology sector now makes up 4% of all digital companies, the same as FinTech (financial technology).

There is huge demand from countries across the globe to incorporate UK EdTech offerings into schools, colleges, universities and training institutions. In 2013, the UK Government published a report that suggested the education exports industry was worth £17.5 billion a year. In the same report, the government outlined its plans to increase this to around £30bn by 2020 and EdTech will make up a large portion of this number.

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The EdTech scene offers such a large range of quality products, ranging from online courses, corporate and e-learning platforms, networking, and various tools to help those working in education.


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