You may be unsure whether using technology to support your setting, staff, families and children are for you.
There’s no denying it’s a huge leap from going from a paper based system to using technology, but at Nursery Story we believe that technology can improve practice, save time and save money, as well as allowing teachers to focus more of their time on what matters, making a difference to the lives of the children they care for.
Paperless and COVID
Going digital means minimising paper files and giving you back space, but it also saves you time. In fact, studies show that by automating the manual parts of documentation saves every staff member an average of one hour per day. So per staff member that’s 20 hours per month.
Nursery Story is a simple and intuitive nursery solution for early years settings designed to save time, streamline observations and make it easy to adapt new reporting and communication processes, especially in the current Covid climate, now it is more difficult to communicate with parents when handovers may be curtailed, and parents not allowed in the setting.
Technology and communication
We want parents to feel like they’re involved without having to be in the room and communication is the key. We believe that technology is able to help you communicate with parents and ease their anxieties. In terms of communicating with families, one barrier can be if parents do not have the technology to be able to access those communications, the digital divide between disadvantaged families and others.
However our parent app ensures that all communications and important information can be shared on a mobile device or be printed out and shared with families.
Technology is giving early years settings the powerful opportunity to truly work in partnership with families at home and giving them vital support in how they can support their child’s learning by sharing activity ideas, recorded stories and information all via the Nursery Story parent app.
Technology and learning journeys
There are a number of concerns that are sometimes cited when it comes to digital learning journeys, and one of those is that they can be a bit restrictive, leading to a tick box mentality and removing the expertise of the practitioner, as well as concerns that staff will be glued to an iPad all day rather than interacting with the children.
Ofsted’s new inspection framework focuses on practice rather than paperwork and we believe that technology has a role in helping settings shine.
At Nursery Story we feel that technology can improve practice when it comes to observation, assessment and planning. Ultimately we must start listening to teachers, who are highly skilled and knowledgeable about meeting young children’s needs and supporting their learning and development.
We want to make things easier for teachers before they start drowning in paperwork, so that they can spend more time interacting with their children and creating a magical learning environment that meets their needs.
We have seen how using technology can empower staff to record children’s learning ‘in the moment’ as it is happening, using these teachable moments to move children’s learning forward and involve them in this process. We are also seeing how children are more empowered to lead their learning and can articulately reflect on what they have learnt and confidently talk about what they want to learn next.