Birth to 5 Matters and Educater are delighted to announce the incorporation of the non-statutory guidance as an option within our early years assessment and tracking software – Tiny Tracker.

The partnership with Birth to 5 Matters enables Tiny Tracker to integrate their material into our system and allow our customers to use this method of observing and understanding their children’s development and support their implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Research carried out by the Early Years Coalition, resulted in the development of Birth to 5 Matters as they adapted the previous non-statutory guidance to produce a new form of support which aims to meet the needs of EYFS practitioners. This information and guidance provide foundations for good EYFS practice within Early Years settings.

For Tiny Tracker, this new form of guidance allows our software to empower practitioners with the ability to support children’s learning by recording purposeful observations and communicate these through our online Learning Journeys.

Gareth Heggie, Director of Educater has said:

“We are honoured to be partners with Birth to 5 Matters and are delighted to present this exciting opportunity to our customers. The partnership will allow our Tiny Tracker platform to include this high-quality guidance in our portfolio as an option for nurseries, schools and other settings to use. We actively support the practice embodied in the guidance and we are proud that our software continues to deliver the highest quality tracking experience to benefit the education of young children.”     

Beatrice Merrick, Chair of the Early Years Coalition which produced the Birth to 5 Matters guidance, has said:

“The Early Years Coalition is keen to support all practitioners and settings to have access to the Birth to 5 Matters guidance to support implementation of the EYFS reforms.  We have been actively working with the providers of learning journals and early years software packages to make the guidance available via their platforms, and are pleased that Educater’s Tiny Tracker will be amongst them.  Birth to 5 Matters aims to help practitioners review their assessment practices and ensure they build the skills and confidence to apply their professional judgement instead of relying on tick lists.  Assessment is a vital part of daily practice, but it does not require recording extensive evidence, and we are pleased that government and Ofsted are emphasising that assessment should be to support learning, and should not take practitioners away from interacting with children.”

The Birth to 5 Matters guidance is available to use within Tiny Tracker. For more information, please contact our Customer Service Team at or you can visit the Birth to 5 Matters website.