July 15, 2020

My child’s early years provider has invited me to TeachKloud, what happens now?

Create a parent account on www.teachkloud.com using the same email address that your child’s early years provider used to invite you. Check your email for a confirmation link. If the email is not in your inbox please check your junk mail. Confirm your account and log in if required. You are all set to begin!

How do I communicate with my child’s early years provider on TeachKloud?

Each child has a profile and timeline on TeachKloud. Parents can leave comments, ask questions and edit certain parts of their childs profile. Parents only have access to their child’s profile and information.

What are Checklist observations?

Child observations are based on developmental milestones. These are generated on TeachKloud according to your child’s age. Every child is unique and develops at their own pace, developmental observations are guidelines and provide generalised benchmarks at each stage of the developmental cycle. Always speak to your child’s early years provider or ask questions on your child’s profile and timelines if you have any questions.

What are learning stories?

Learning stories are a form of documentation of your child’s learning, they can include written text, pictures, videos, conversations, paintings and much more. Learning stories allow your childs teachers to show children’s abilities and interests through storytelling.

According to Aistear, the Irish Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, documentation of children’s learning can be used by teachers to celebrate progress and achievement and plan the next steps in learning. Documentation also enables the adult and/or children to share information with parents. This can help parents to build on children’s out-of-home experiences while at home, and so make learning more enjoyable and successful. In the case of some children, documentation provides critical information in helping to identify special educational needs, in putting appropriate supports in place, and in reviewing the impact of these interventions” (Aistear, 2009).

What are accidents?

Serious accidents are rare in early years settings but even minor accidents will be documented by your child’s early years provider. They will have specific information on the incident and who was involved. This can then be sent to you by your child’s teacher for review on TeachKloud.

Where is my child’s information stored and how secure is it?

Your protection, security and peace of mind is our highest priority! TeachKloud is hosted with Digital Ocean in London.

Is my information private and who has access to it?

To access TeachKloud a user must be invited and confirmed by the administrator who is normally the owner or manager of the Early Years Setting. When information is shared with parents or caregivers, only the parent it was shared with has access to that information. The administrator can review, control, delete and decide what information is uploaded and who has access to it. Passwords used to access TeachKloud are all encrypted. TeachKloud also has an SSL Certificate.

SSL keeps sensitive information sent online encrypted, so that only the intended recipient can understand it. In addition to encryption, an SSL Certificate also provides authentication. This means you can be sure that you are sending information to the right person! When using TeachKloud, your web browsers will give you a visual cue, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure that you know your connection is secure. Here at TeachKloud, we take your data protection and security extremely seriously.

I have a question that is not answered here, who can I contact?

We’d love to hear from you. Just ask a question using the orange bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen!


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