Info. for Parents


Here is a quick update/reminder on some of the functionalities of the On-line learning journal. We would also like to make you aware that you can download a Tapestry App for your phone which can make accessing the journal a lot easier, type in “Tapestry Journal’ to your App store.

Observations by Staff 
As a Preschool we use Tapestry as one of several forms of assessment. We observe and record key moments in your child’s development. This is a quick outline of how we do this for your information:

1. We write a record of what we saw your child do.
2. We try to quote the child accurately using the exact language that he/she used.
3. Sometimes we also note the progress or comment on the learning demonstrated.
4. Sometimes we will write next steps so you know what to focus on with your child at home.
Observations by Parents
One of the fantastic features of Tapestry is that parents can also add observations/wow moments from home to your child’s journal. This is a great way of supporting us in assessing your child outside the pre-school environment, it also provides us with opportunities to celebrate any achievements your child has made at home. It’s a lovely way of encouraging the child to communicate/connect with the key person when they can see/talk about something they have done at home. If a child is feeling a little unsettled, this can sometimes be a nice distraction for them.

Staff follow the guidelines above to ensure that the observations we make are purposeful and detailed, in a similar way we would appreciate it if you could follow the guidelines below:

1. To add an observation click on the ‘Add Observation’ button found on the Home Screen.
2. Select your child’s name from the drop down box and then follow the
onscreen instructions
3. Add a title to your observation to summarise your moment e.g. Feeding the ducks
4. When writing your observation keep it simple. Try and record what your child said in their exact words and then comment on why this is a wow moment e.g.
‘X was excited to feed the ducks, she said “Look that duck is big than that
duck”. X is starting to point out the differences between different objects.’
‘X went to her cousin’s birthday party, she spent lots of time bouncing on the
trampoline without help and taught her cousin how to jump and turn around
at the same time.’
5. If you wish, then you can then add a photo or video to your observation (please keep videos to a maximum of 1 minute long).

6. Please note, if adding an observation from the App to add a parent observation there is a + sign at the top that you tap, then add follow instruction from no. 3.

Please note observations added by parents will only be made visible on the Learning Journal once the relevant teacher has approved it. Parent observations will however be available immediately in the ‘Obs’ tab.
Commenting on observations by staff
When you read the observations by staff there is an option for you to leave a reply. Perhaps your child has done something similar at home or is showing particular interest in the topic of the observation – if so we would love to hear about it. If we have written a next step then you can also reply to the observation telling us about how your child got on at home e.g. ‘X loved talking about this painting at home and could tell us how she mixed the colours to make orange’.
– Any publishing of staff observations from Tapestry onto social media is strictly prohibited.
– Contact a member of staff if you are unsure about how to use any of the Tapestry features.
– Celebrate your child’s development by sharing the learning journal with them at home, we are sure your child would love to talk about what they have been learning at school.
– We will be especially interested to hear about your child’s progress in relation to targets we set and share with you.

We hope you enjoy reading about all of the wonderful experiences your children have been having at Buckles and Bows. We look forward to seeing what they get up to when at home.

If you would like further help using the Tapestry Learning Journal, please feel free to ask your child’s Key person. Also, if you have any feedback on on how you are finding it, please let us know.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this exciting new tool!

Buckles and Bows Team

Tapestry Policy 2018

Tapestry frequestly asked questions



Using musical activities to promote communication and language needs 

Please find below activities from Surrey Early Years:


Music Matters S&L


A guide to coughs, colds, earache and sore throats from Surrey Early Years

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Communication and Language

We thought we would share some fun activities we have received from Surrey Early Years which you can attempt with your child at home.

These activities are very helpful to develop listening and communication skills.

We would love to hear your feedback if you do try the activities.

Take Away Activity 1 Top Tip wk 1 Why Not Try This At Home wk 1

Top Tip wk 1

Why Not Try This At Home wk 1


Primary School Applications 2017

Just a reminder that the Primary School application deadline is on 15th January 2017 (to start this September).

I have attached a booklet from the Surrey County Council website that can help answer your questions, explain the application process and give you information and tips on how you can help your child prepare for school.



Guidance on infection illness and infection control in Pre-school

Children who are unwell with an infectious disease should not be at the Nursery as they pose a risk of infection to others. They should not return until the risk has passed. Staff have the right to refuse to allow a child entry to the Nursery should he/she appear unwell when brought in for their session. Please see Guidance below:

Illness exclusion guidance poster