Posts in November 2021

Start the new term with new tools and improved practices

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Save time and money in your daily work and collaboration

The end of the year is a good time to stop and think about the current practices:

  • How can we free up the teachers’ time to get more time with the children?
  • How can we help parents remain involved in their children's care and learning - even while on the go?
  • How can we save money - but give more value?

Watch our video on how to do it with Kindiedays

Kindiedays Starter is your first step to support children's learning and engage families with a digital tool.

As a manager, you want to provide the best early education service you can, within the budget. A big impact can be gained by digitalizing communications and reporting in your center.

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With Kindiedays daily reports, teachers save time from writing manual reports. Teachers can share reports in one go about many children. Parents only read about their own child. Also, you no longer need communication booklets, saving money, and paper.

Global Quality Standard for Learning Solutions

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

All sorts of technological tools and digital learning materials are emerging in the field of early childhood education. For preschool owners, managers and teachers it might be a hard job to choose which tool or product is a useful one for our needs? Is it relevant? Is it worth it? Does it really improve learning?

Education Alliance Finland (EAF) does all the difficult questioning for you. Education Alliance Finland provides a product evaluation & certification service based on a global quality standard for learning solutions. EAF evaluates, tests, and gives feedback to EdTech Learning Solutions and digital learning materials. The best ones receive a certificate that shows that the product truly improves children's learning based on appropriate learning goals, the solution has a pedagogical approach and it is user friendly.

Evaluations and catalog of Certified EdTech products allow preschools to discover the best learning applications and materials (ebooks, apps, games, online courses, and more) fast and easy - facilitating evidence-based purchase decisions. Check the full list of certified products from here.

How are the Learning Solutions evaluated?

The learning impact evaluation is done using a science-based method that has been developed with university researchers in Finland, the global education leader.

The Standard allows for evaluating the strengths and development areas of the product through the assessment of three focus areas:

  1. Learning Goals
  2. Pedagogical Approach
  3. Usability

The good news is that also Kindiedays has gotten the certificate and is now part of the EAF family! Yay! This is how Education Alliance Finland describes Kindiedays on their website:

Kindiedays Pedagogical Management Solution for early education

Kindiedays supports the formative assessment of children’s individual learning paths in early education. Educators plan, implement, and follow children’s individual learning efficiently. Learning moments can be connected to preinstalled pedagogical objectives of the Finnish or another curriculum of choice. Families are engaged via e-portfolios. Automatic reports about children’s learning can be exported. Managers follow and develop the learning in the whole center based on data and guarantee that the pedagogy provided is of the highest quality.

Kindiedays helps educators, families, and children collaborate in all daily activities related to the learning and wellbeing of the children.

See how EAF assessed Kindiedays based on pedagogy, educational quality, and learning goals!

Learn more from EAF and how they work

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Support children's learning with formative assessment

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

What is Formative Assessment?

Formative assessment is an educational practice that has broad applicability and support. Research suggests that formative assessment can have powerful impacts on children's learning (Black and Wiliam 1998; Briggs et al. 2012; Kingston & Nash 2011).

Formative assessment is used to follow children’s learning to inform teaching. In other words, it is an assessment for learning (Wiliam & Leahy 2015).

Formative assessment helps the teacher to track what the child is learning, what type of skills are developing, and what to focus on next.

Why is Formative Assessment helpful in early childhood education?

There are many potential benefits when using formative assessment in ECE. Formative assessment can be used by teachers to identify the skills, capabilities, and strengths of learners. They can also inform teachers on areas of need or skills children are having difficulty achieving.

Teachers can then use the information for different purposes. Design appropriate learning tasks, boost the areas of need or change their teaching in ways that extend children’s strengths.

Formative assessment can also be used to document and communicate children’s progress to their families. Teachers can also use formative assessment to reflect on and assess their own teaching methods and lesson plans.

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor the child's learning and provide continuous feedback to improve teaching and learning. It puts the child at the center of their learning process and provides a better understanding of how learning really happens.

Documenting observations and the child's own reflections is essential in implementing formative assessment. Read more about Formative assessment practices in early childhood settings by NSW's Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation.

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10 practical tips: How to do Formative Assessment in class?


Children show with their thumbs whether they have understood or learned about the topic. This method can also be used when asking for children's opinions about something, for example, 'Would you like to learn about rockets and space?'.

  • Thumb up = I got it, yes!
  • Thumb in the middle = I don't know, I am not sure.
  • Thumb down = No, I don't think so.


10 concrete tips: How to practice balance with children?

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Why are balance exercises important?

Balancing is an essential skill in any movement children perform. Standing on two feet requires plenty of balance already! For example, when a child is learning to walk, balancing requires lots of focus.

Children with weaker balance skills may be at higher risk of developing low self-esteem or having trouble taking part in physical activities with their peers.

Balance is one critical skill that often fades with age, so maintaining and practicing it in every age is important. Good balance helps children - and people of all ages - for example to avoid falls and improve coordination skills.

What is Finnish Early Childhood Education?

How to practice balance with children?

Here is a list of fun and useful activities that help children to practice their balance. Have a theme week of 'balance' and try them all or vote for a couple of favorites with the children!

  1. Walk on uneven surfaces such as forest or outdoor trail. Also indoor play parks often offer rooms with materials children can walk on. Walking without shoes maximizes the benefits when even the littlest feet muscles get to work!
  2. Walk on a low wall, tight rope or on a railing while holding onto adults hand
  3. Practice yoga with children. Nowadays you can find free online yoga sessions for children for example My Little Pony yoga by Cosmic Kids in Youtube. Yoga is great for calming children down and of course practicing balance.
  4. Walk along lines - anywhere. Follow the floor tiles or stripes in carpets, draw lines in sand or pavement with a chalk, make lines on the floor with tape... Children will love this line-walking game!
  5. Dance ballet. Surely many little children enjoy dancing and this type of dance is also great for balancing. See for example Ballet for Kids in Youtube and dance as a true sparkle princess!
  6. Stand (or jump) on one foot. Count for example up to 5 as you keep on standing with the children!
  7. Hop on pillows, rocks or colorful cardboard steps on the floor. Make a little obstacle course indoors or outdoors and let children hop from a step to another. As steps you could use rocks, wood stumps, pillows, bean bags or colorful cardboard.
  8. Hopscotch jumping is great fun and also great for balancing. Make squares and let children jump forward, backwards and even sideways along the route! Children jump alternating one or then two feet. An object may be thrown before the jumps, indicating that the one square must be skipped.
  9. Ride a bike
  10. Musical statues game like this: Start dancing when the music starts. Once the music ends, stop moving and “freeze” in the position immediately. Anyone who keeps dancing or moves is called out of the game. Go on until you have a winner!


Happy balancing!

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Let's be friends!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Becoming friends with Kindiedays has many advantages for your early learning center. And all people supporting the child's learning and well-being.

Kindiedays offers 3 alternative packages to match your present needs.

All packages include tools for attendance management, daily routines, and rich communication between staff and families.  

Then you choose your optimal set of features to support every child's learning path. And engage families in the child's learning journey like never before.

Read further and see the 3 choices of functionality and their pricing. Which one suits your needs best - Starter, Portfolio, or Premium?


Manage daily routines. Engage families. Observe learning with photos & notes.

Price: 12€ per child/year

Popular features:

  • Attendance management

  • Messaging with families

  • Child's journal

Kindiedays Starter is a compact solution as the first step to support children's learning and engage families. Set your learning objectives, run your lesson plans, document important learning moments, and share with families. 

You can later smoothly upgrade to Kindiedays Portfolio.


Support and follow children's learning with online curriculums and statistics.

Price: 20€ per child/year

Popular features:

  • All features of Starter included

  • Child portfolios

  • Learning statistics

Kindiedays Portfolio is a leading-edge pedagogical management tool for the whole learning process on par with best Finnish practices. Follow your curriculum daily, make pedagogical observations, assess children's learning, and use versatile statistics to guarantee children's holistic education and the competitiveness of your center.


Set up your preschool inspired by Finnish pedagogy, learning objectives, and lesson plans.

Price: 25€ per child/year

Popular features:

  • All features of Portfolio + Starter included

  • Learning objectives

  • Lesson plans

Kindiedays Premium is a complete package for renewing your preschool. It enhances the Kindiedays Portfolio solution and includes a holistic set of learning objectives derived from the Finnish National Curriculum. A versatile package of lesson plans to match the learning objectives is also in there. Just add children and teachers to start your "Finnish" style preschool - an effective, yet fun way of learning!. 

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Happy Days - with Kindiedays!