We highly recommend the Interactive Learning Diary as the best tool to use for recording a child’s development, partnerships with parents and effective monitoring. We trialled various other online observation/monitoring systems and found that only the ILD ticked all the boxes to meet our needs. This is not the cheapest on the market, but you get what you pay for. There is no messy handwriting or spelling errors, which reflects a professional standard that we strive for. It is a simple, easy to use, effective system.
It has enabled us to provide up to date information to parents on their child’s development, whilst linking observations into the EYFS outcomes. It has been particularly useful when a new child starts at the setting; parents are able to log in and view photos and videos of their child and are reassured that they are truly happy and content whilst in our care.
From a management point of view, the monitoring aspect is time saving and professional – we have been able to monitor children’s progress and identify any areas of concern at an early stage, with evidence at our fingertips to support this.
The ILD Support Team are friendly, helpful and very efficient – they have endless patience (especially for someone with limited IT skills, like myself). They are constantly developing and improving the system and continue to do so. We have even had personalised Report Templates designed to meet our requirements.
In summary, the ILD is effective, professional, easy to use, secure, time saving and cost effective!