When you work in the Early Years, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything you’d like to done.
From the moment children are dropped off at your setting to the moment they leave – there’s a whirlwind of activity and noise. Non-contact time is rarely guaranteed, and yet you’re expected to carefully observe and assess every child’s starting point, progress and achievements.
Many childcare providers use paper-based learning journals to cut, stick and annotate the evidence they’ve collected. Although relatively simple to do with one child, this becomes increasingly hard to do for a group of children. With no time to spare, jotting down observations on a post-it note to stick into a child’s learning journal later is also common practice.
So how can paperless assessment help?
Paperless assessment is time-efficient
Using EYFS software like Footsteps means that the process of recording key information is carried out in the most time-efficient way possible. You can upload observations in line with the EYFS curriculum and capture photos of the children to link to your observations. Footsteps will then quickly calculate where that child is in their own development pathway.
Junior staff can get up to speed quickly
Using software which helps track children’s development gives practitioners the means to become more confident in their role. Footsteps enables room leaders and managers to approve the observations that junior staff have recorded, making it an extremely useful tool for those who are early on in their childcare career.
Children’s data is kept secure
Childcare settings capture personal information about children every day, so keeping that data safe is paramount. Using Footsteps, no personal data is stored on any device so there’s no need to wipe it afterwards. There’s also no need to worry about misplacing or sorting through a mountain of post-it notes anymore, as all the data is stored securely online.
Printing and associated costs are kept low
With nurseries reporting to us that they’re spending between £400 and £2000 a year on their printing costs by using paper-based learning journals, it makes sense to move to EYFS software to save on paper and ink. Not to mention the cost of staff taking time out of the room to stick pictures to observations, too!
Managers can evidence progress easily
With the introduction of the Common Inspection Framework, managers are under increasing pressure to show how effective they are in leading a high quality provision. Using EYFS software, managers can identify any professional development needs by accessing staff observations and assessments. When Ofsted inspect, this software also provides an easy way of evidencing progress – as you can print out reports showing the achievements of one individual or a specific group of children.
Would you like to know more about moving to paperless assessment at your setting?