What is Tapestry?
Tapestry is a secure on-line learning journal that staff at Loving Hands use to observe and track children’s progress and development.
All children attending Loving Hands have a personal on-line Learning Journal which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.
We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted in the UK on secure servers. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journal and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments or commenting on observations made by us.
Where do I start?
Once you have given us an email address, we will set up an account for you. You will receive an email with a link, inviting you to set up a password. Go to https://eylj.org on your computer, or if you have a smart phone or tablet, download the Tapestry app from the Education section (search for Tapestry Mobile). Login using your email address and the password.
Changing your settings
On the computer
At the top right of your screen, you will see your name, and selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’. Choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address and password.
You also have the option to receive an email whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journey – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting.
To change your settings on the phone/tablet app, click the 'cog' button on the bottom right-hand side of the application. This enables you to change password and/or email address.
Viewing my child’s Learning Journal
Once logged in, you will see your child’s observations on your home screen in a list – selecting any one of these will open up the observation for you to look at. You may add comments in the box at the bottom of the observation if you would like to - and we would love to receive such comments!
Adding an entry to my child’s Learning Journal
Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the 'plus' icon on your phone/tablet, found in the top right hand corner of the screen) and add the relevant information in the boxes on screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. You will need to add a title and ensure you have selected your child for the observation to be saved. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing ‘home’.
Tapestry has recently added a few new features. We can now upload documents such as newsletters or add activities for you to do with your child at home. Please see below for details on how to access these features.
All new features can currently only be access by logging in through a browser on either a phone or tablet or a computer. If logging in through a phone or tablet you can select the “MENU” button in the top left-hand corner to open a drop box, where you will be able to access the new features.
If you are logged in on a computer, all the options will appear at the top of the screen.
What is Activities?
Activities is a new feature on tapestry, where staff can add activities for you to do at home with your children. To access these activities, please log in to Tapestry via a browser, select “menu”, select “Activities” from the drop-down box, then select “Our activities collection”. You will now be able to see all the activities suggested for you to try at home.
What is Documents?
Documents if another new feature of Tapestry where you will find documents uploaded by staff such as monthly newsletters and policies. To access Documents, please log in to Tapestry via a browser, select “menu”, then Select “Documents”
You may notice there are a few other features in the menu box, Reports and Memos. We are currently not using these features, however please look out for these in the future.