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Technology measuring progress of toddlers

3 May 2016

Jamestown Community Children's Centre is using technology to measure what children are learning and share progress with parents.

A new app will help staff set goals for children and record observations and progress.

It's going to help us ensure each child receives the attention they need, director Vicki Reichelt said.

"A plan is set out for each child, and staff can use the technology to record how they are progressing," she said.

"For example, we can take a photo and record notes next to a child interacting with others or write a learning story about a child’s learning and link the story to that child’s individual program and progress toward the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes.

"These observations can be sent to parents and together we can discuss how the child is tracking and what we all need to work on."

The child care staff also use the app to record the child’s daily routines, which can be used to assist families duplicate a child’s routines.

The app will be used to review programs, planning, observations and assessment while keeping all documentation in an electronic format.

Staff are embracing the use of technology allowing to work smarter while maintaining a high standard of education and care.

Feedback from families has been supportive, including the below comments:

“I think the app is fantastic, I love reading the stories and seeing the pictures.”

“Love the photos, she has so much fun there.”

“It’s great to see them using their imagination and having fun.”

More information on the app being used by the preschool is available at www.keptme.com.