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Are you still stuck in the dark ages?

We tend to stick to the traditional working methods because its what we know best. Stepping outside our comfort zone is something we try to avoid. Impressing Ofsted and maintaining an outstanding nursery atmosphere both internally and externally, can be challenging. Trusting what you know is seen as the easy option. But it is also important to stay up-to-date with the latest innovations, and an online learning 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 each and every child within the organisation, ensuring that their learning and development characteristics 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 lose 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 the use of technology and recording observations accurately. However, the benefits to using an online eJournal definitely out way 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 assessment and had to flick back through the entire journal of information to search for the one we are missing. Utilising our management system will ensure you are notified if there is a missing assessment… even 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 Octopus Journals 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.

Who’s on shift this week? Take a look at the Staff Rota on the dashboard, including any holidays and days off.

These are just a few of the ways in which an electronic method of recording assessments can improve your nursery management. Out with the old, tired paper-based method you have used for years, and in with the innovative, up-to-date electronic system. Not only is this a management system for the assessment and progress tracking of each child within your nursery, this is a management system for the entire organisation!

Are you drowning in a mountain of paperwork?

Want to find out more about how Octopus Journals EYFS learning management software can improve your nursery?

Get in touch!

Email us at: hello@octopusjournals.co.uk

or phone us on: +44 (0) 845 5570 196

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