Shown below is detailed information and a selection of screenshots taken from the Next Steps - Individual Learning Plans section from the Scottish version of the Baby's Days system.
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It is very important that practitioners meet children's individual needs and support them in taking the next steps in their development, it is also very important that you note each child's Next Steps in their learning and link these Next Steps into your planning either on a weekly/daily basis within a group or on a weekly/daily basis individually with the child.
Once a Next Step has been added to the Baby's Days system it can be assigned to an Individual Learning Plan for the child or imported and used within your weekly planning, once the Next Step has been marked as completed, the system will automatically add the date the Next Step was completed, a copy of the original Next Step and an Observation to each of the Outcome Signifiers the original Next Step was linked to within the child's Wellbeing Section on the system.
Every Individual Learning Plan you have ever created for each child on the system is saved and can be quickly and easily displayed, so you demonstrate exactly how you have been working with each child's individual learning needs / Next Steps.
Help videos are available to assist you with children's Next Steps on the system.
Next Steps can be assigned to the short term plans or individual learning plans on the system.
Individual Learning Plans are created to assign a child's Next Steps to a plan so that you can work with them to achieve them.
You can assign as many or as few Next Steps to a weekly Individual Learning or short term plan, maybe you just want to use one Next Step per week.
Each Next Step can be linked to unlimited Outcome Signifiers across the EYFS, when the Next Step is achieved and marked as completed, the date, a copy of the original Next Step and an Observation gets automatically added to the linked Outcome Signifiers within the child's Wellbeing section.
Individual Learning Plans are assigned to Children for specified weeks.
Children's Next Steps can be assigned to your Short Term / Weekly Planning so that when you are carrying out activities with the children, you can work on a specific child's Next Steps.
Parents can leave Next Steps on the system for their child that are approved by you.
The Next Steps section is available for use by both Administrators and Parents on the iPhone and Android apps as well as a web browser on a PC, laptop or tablet.
Administrators can quickly add Next Steps directly on the app, and parents can connect to the app and see their child's Next Steps, and in addition parents can also add Next Steps for their child directly on the app for you to approve.
Shown below are a selection of screenshots and additional information relating to the Next Steps - Individual Learning Plans (Scotland) section on the system.
This section displays the current children on the system, from here you can add or view their Next Steps and create a new Individual Learning Plan for any child, in addition for each child you will see how many Inactive Next Steps they have - currently not assigned to any plans and how many Active Next Steps they have - assigned to plans but not yet completed.
In addition if any child's parents have added next steps for their child (for you to approve) a small grey parent icon will displayed indicating that you have next steps, left by parents, to approve.
Adding Next Steps
Adding Next Steps to use in a Child's Individual Learning Plan is a simple process, these can be added from within any page on the system by clicking on the Add Next Steps popup and from within the main Next Steps section on the system.
You can add unlimited Next Steps at once across the system and each Next Step can be linked to unlimited Outcome Signifiers, this is done by firstly select the Wellbeing Indicator and the Outcome Signifier for each Next Step.
The Next Steps will then be instantly added and be able to be used within a new Individual Learning Plan for the Child or a short term plan.
As soon as you have assigned a Next Step to an Individual Learning Plan or a short term plan and marked the Outcome Signifier within the Next Step as complete, the selected Outcome Signifier within the child's Wellbeing section will automatically have the date the Next Step was completed, a copy of the original Next Step and an Observation added to it.
Existing Next Steps
This section displays the existing Next Steps on the system for the Child, when Next Steps are added to the system they can be assigned to unlimited number of Outcome Signifiers.
The small coloured boxes within each Next Step displays the number of Outcome Signifiers that the Next Step has been linked to for that Wellbeing Indicator (SHANARRI), placing your mouse over the coloured boxes details the actual Outcome Signifier(s) that the Next Step has been linked to.
A Next Step can be assigned to an Individual Learning Plan or short term plan for the child, and it remains active and available for use until it has been marked off in any Individual Learning Plan or short term plan.
Assign Next Steps to Short Term / Weekly Planning
When creating or adding activities into your Short Term / Weekly plans you can link the children's next steps into these activities so that you can work on the next steps with the children whilst carrying out the group activities, you can add any number of next steps into your planning for multiple children. If a child has next steps linked to the same Outcome Signifiers as the activity within the planning, the system will recommend linking these next steps into your planning.
Create an Individual Learning Plan
This section allows you to create a new Individual Learning Plan for the Child, all the existing available Next Steps that have been added for this Child are displayed, and these can be assigned to any day of your selected week, adding a Next Step is a simple process of dragging and dropping or clicking on the day of the week, it will then instantly move to your selected day.
There are no limits on the number of Next Steps that can be assigned to any day of the week.
Manage an Individual Learning Plan
When managing a child's Individual Learning Plan, a simple process of clicking on a note and selecting a date from a calendar will mark one or more Outcome Signifiers within the Next Step as complete, when managing the plan you can select which Outcome Signifiers linked to the Next Step you feel the child has achieved, you can return at any time to mark other Outcome Signifiers within the Next Step as complete.
When marking an Outcome Signifier assigned to the Next Step as completed, the date, a copy of the original Next Step and the Observation (if added) will display beneath the Outcome Signifier within the child's Wellbeing section of the system.
All Individual Learning Plans displayed in the monthly and yearly view show the number of notes within each plan, the Outcome Signifiers linked to the Next Step and the date they were achieved.