My name is Sara and I'm an Early Years practitioner.
As a practitioner the thing I enjoyed the most was spending time with the children. One of the biggest challenges I faced working in a nursery was that I was spending a large proportion of my time writing observations and reports as opposed to being in the classroom teaching.
There is always a feeling of guilt when you are in a classroom and give all of your attention to your children but also have to balance this with administrative requirements.
For so long, the industry standard in Childcare has been to use paper. Even with the rise of technology, the education industry still isn’t quite on board with going fully paperless.I would often leave paperwork during the day and complete it in the evenings. I found that I would spend weekends and evenings trying catch up with paperwork, and that despite all this effort – it was difficult to stay up to date.
I decided to embark on a journey to create the best learning journey platform for nurseries, based on my experience in the classroom. I knew that whatever I created needed to be practitioner-led and attuned to the needs of the Early Years sector.
I put together an Advisory Board of senior Early Years practitioners, managers and owners. Together, we have worked to design and develop an online platform that can really help in the classroom and improve learning outcomes. We have also built a special framework for Montessori schools, which helps practitioners link their Montessori activities to EYFS outcomes.