The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document is the National Framework that all registered childminders in England work to. Just like nurseries, childminders are required to observe children and track their development.
In the past I have created scrapbook style learning journals for the children I care for. This is time consuming for me and parent’s do not have daily access to the books. For these reasons, I have subscribed to Tapestry. Tapestry is an online journal, it can be viewed through an internet browser or by downloading an app on a phone/tablet. With parent’s permissions, I set up an account for their child. Whenever I add an observation the child’s parent is sent a notification. They have immediate access to whatever I have added and have the option to click ‘like’ or add a comment. This means parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress and can even add their own observations.