Part one: What are the benefits of data-based decision making in ECE?

Welcome to the series on data-based decision making in ECE! We’re looking at how data and analysis coupled with our own professional intuition and insight can inform better decision making in early childhood education. Data based decision making is simply leveraging data such as parent feedback, ECE market trends, educator and services’ performance, and financials to guide the process of...

/ May 27, 2024

Reggio Emilia – Documenting my inspiration and learning (from a New Zealand perspective)

My learning about the Reggio Emilia educational project began as I listened to a presentation by Leila Gandini, editor of The Hundred Languages of Children. Leila Gandini’s session challenged my (limited, then) view of how capable preschool children could be as thirsty knowledge seekers. She showed pedagogical contexts in Reggio Emilia preschools that expanded children’s explorations across different ‘languages’, fed their...

/ May 22, 2024

Attachment Theory For Early Childhood Educators

Introduction The significance of attachment between an infant and a primary caregiver has long been recognised (Ainsworth et al., 1978, cited in Gonzalez-Mena & Eyer, 2015; Bowlby, 1958); in fact, John Bowlby began investigating this idea in the 1950s. Developing a healthy attachment relationship with an educator is also essential for infants and toddlers in Early Childhood Education and Care...

/ April 2, 2024

Welcoming parents and families with Storypark

As we return to work with fresh energy and inspiration for an exciting year ahead, now is a great time to prepare for a thoughtful and stress-free welcome for children, parents and families as they return or start their journey with your early learning service. This blog post shares some of the most successful tips and techniques practised by leading...

/ January 18, 2024

Help is at your fingertips

How to Find the Help You Need Do you sometimes find when you are using Storypark that you have a burning question to ask or a problem to solve? Thankfully, Storypark is relatively straightforward to use, but figuring things out through exploring or trial and error costs you the one thing you don’t have a lot of. Time! To help...

/ January 15, 2024

Top Tips for Welcoming New Educators

Top Tips for Welcoming New Educators We all know what it’s like to learn something new, a new sport, a new recipe – how about new digital documentation software?  When you have a guide, it can be that much easier! We’ve crafted some handy resources to get your new educators onboard. We also know that each service uses Storypark in...

/ January 15, 2024

End of Year Tips

End-of-Year Educator Tips Wow, it’s getting to the end of the year already. Congratulations on all of your hard work!  We hope you and your families enjoy using Storypark at your service. We’ve put together some handy tips and information to continue to make things as easy as possible for you throughout the holiday season. Note: If your learning service...

/ November 19, 2023

Empowering educators through collaboration

Continuing our commitment to ECE software that supports quality: Introducing collaborative story tools! There’s many benefits to working together. It’s a fulfilling experience to work with peers, share ideas, get feedback and new perspectives. It makes problem-solving faster, helps us express our thoughts and broaden horizons so we’re really excited to announce the introduction of collaborative tools to the story...

/ October 23, 2023

Story types: Consistently create quality documentation

If one of your goals is for your educators and centre is to deliver high-quality documentation consistently, then story types are a key tool to support your achieving this. Story types are customisable prompts – or scaffolds – that help guide and inspire educators to create meaningful, quality stories. Story types are especially useful to guide and help educators gain...

/ October 16, 2023

Reflections on the 2023 ECA Conference

Like many others, I am now recovering from this year’s wonderful ECA Conference. As usual, Storypark took a team to the conference and this year I gave my very own presentation–a somewhat scary but exciting experience! From powerful keynote speakers to engaging sessions and meaningful conversations, this conference left a lasting impression. In this blog post, I will document my...

/ October 10, 2023