The Child Paths application has had a significant impact on our service. Our reliance on paper documentation, e.g. attendance sheets, daily records, sleep charts, food records and child observation records, has decreased dramatically. We no longer need to store large quantities of documents, now we store this information electronically.
Use of the Child Paths app enables Early Years Practitioners to instantly upload photographs, allowing the parent/guardian a special moment where they feel truly present in their child’s life, despite being miles apart. According to many of our parents, the app makes them feel more included in their child’s day, more informed and more confident about their child’s care. From the perspective of our service, I feel there is more transparency regarding what we do.
With increasing demands on childcare providers today, we need to use every tool available to help us to deliver high quality Early Years Care and Education. In our role as Early Years Practitioners, we have a duty to “provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners” (Aistear). We need to continually demonstrate and record this.
We are responsible to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs of every child in our care. We develop curricula, we create interesting learning environments, we provide nutritious meals, we observe and record children’s individual learning journeys.
“Early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys” (NCCA, 2009) and the Child Paths app allows us, the EYPs, to document this special and unique period of human development.
We have an obligation to work in partnership with parents/guardians, to ensure the best possible outcomes, and we do this through sharing information. In my opinion, there is no better way to do this than though the Child Paths app.
Elaine Birmingham – Owner