You asked and we delivered. The Earwig EYFS module is here. It’s designed to take most of the effort and stress out of collecting, organising and presenting child performance against EYFS criteria. How good is that?
You probably know that Earwig is an app which allows you to turn photos, document scans and video clips into useful teaching evidence. Our new Earwig module has been produced, at the request of our customers, the teachers of Britain, to enable you to tag these with the EYFS Characteristics, Areas of Learning and Outcomes so that you can make accurate decisions about each child’s performance and present beautiful reports at the touch of a virtual button.
We estimate that the time spent on EYFS reporting can be halved. Yes, halved. But more importantly, your reports are better organised and presented and always ‘Ofsted ready’.
Designed for primary schools and nurseries just like yours, the Earwig EYFS module gives parents a secure login so that they can see what their little darlings are doing at school. They love this and your Ofsted inspector will love the improved parental engagement that results. The cherry on the cake is that your wonderful photos and videos are available to parents to download and purchase, which makes money for your nursery.
Some nursery teachers may be concerned that it is all a bit technical. So Earwig send a trainer to every school to take teaching staff through the process in person and make sure that everyone sees how easy it is.
This is one of those rare apps which can really make a difference to the way your nursery or reception class is run and provide you with more time to spend with the children. What’s more, it won’t cost you anything.
How does it work?
Using the app for tablet or smartphone, (or a digital camera and pc) you take a photo, document scan or video and turn it into a teaching record. You add a commentary to this, and tag it with the names of the children, Areas of Learning, Characteristics of Effective Learning, Outcomes, Next Steps etc. and the software does the rest. It couldn’t be easier.
All this is automatically uploaded to the Earwig system and the photo/video is automatically deleted from your tablet or smartphone (we take child protection very seriously). As records are made, timelines are created.
When you log in, you will see the Areas of Learning and Characteristics of Effective Learning matrices all filled in using the information you saved in each record. You can then make informed decisions about the progress of each pupil against age range criteria and record this in each matrix. You can then present all of this in a variety of printed reports.
By doing a tiny bit of evidence recording a day, you save yourself hours of last minute work – and a fortune on highlighters and Pritt Stick! If any of this doesn’t make sense, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to explain over the phone, or pop round and give you a demo.
Since this is a completely new way of recording evidence there is no other system like it – so even if you already use an EYFS system, it’s worth remembering that Earwig:
- Is free, see below
- Can halve the time you spend on EYFS
- Allows parents to see the photos and videos of their children (as they’re published)
- Earwig achievement recording continues from EYFS through to sixth form
- Photos are held on the Earwig system forever (no more server space issues or costs)
How much does it cost?
Earwig’s EYFS module is a free add-on with the Earwig system which costs £2.50 per child per year, plus a £1 per child staff training fee. In fact the money you make in photo sales more than negates these fees which means that Earwig pays for itself!