Here's a short tour of Storypark:
Latest activity (or Home)
Click the Menu button and then select Latest activity to see what’s been happening in your Storypark community. All the latest stories, posts and responses will show first in a feed.
This is where you can invite parents/guardians and other educators to be part of your Storypark community.
The drop-down menu will only show children who have not yet had any family invited to their profile.
The + Create button on the right-hand side opens a quick menu for content you might want to create on Storypark - new stories, community posts, conversations, child notes and routines (if your service has access to routines).
Add child will take you to a page where you can add a new child to your Storypark community.
Profile settings will take you to a page where you can update your personal details, password and add a profile image. As an educator, from this page you can also export a digital copy of your portfolio stories for viewing offline.
Notification settings will take you to a page where you can control what emails you receive.
Account shows you the details of the plan your early learning service is on. This can only be accessed by Centre Admins.
Logout logs you out of your account from the device that you are on. We recommend doing this at the end of each session.
Draft stories is where you can view all the stories you’ve started but haven’t published yet.
Your service’s stories
View a snapshot of all your service’s stories.
Order them by Recent activity (stories with new comments or edits appear first) or by Story date (date published). You can also filter your stories by the learning tags applied to them.
Your service’s community area
Post and view updates that everyone in your Storypark community can see and contribute to.
Your service’s children
View and manage all children in your Storypark community. Click on each child to go to their page and stories. The drop-down arrow next to each child’s name lets you quickly edit their details, or add a note or story about them.
Sort the profiles by: age, name, latest story or pending invites.
View a snapshot of all a child’s stories, invited family members, and notes. View the story order by ‘Recent activity’ (stories with new comments appear first) or by ‘Story date’ (date published). You can also filter their stories by the learning tags in them.
When you click on any of the stories on a child’s, educator’s or early learning service’s profile page the full story will open in a box within this page. Scroll down to read the full story and any comments that have been made. From this view you can see which children are in the story, the author, date added, and learning tags. Authors and admins can edit the story, and print it with various print options:
When an educator adds a child they can invite one of that child’s family members (usually a parent.) That person can then choose whether or not to invite more family members. Once invited, they’ll be shown here. You’ll be able to view each person’s name, profile image, and email address. If a person is an admin (an admin can manage a child’s account), this will be shown next to their name.
This is where a child’s educators and family members who are admins can privately read and discuss information together.
When a child's family creates a moment on the Storypark for Families app and they select the option to share it with their child's educators, the moment will appear on a child's Stories page under the Family tab:
Edit a child’s name, birthday, gender and profile image.
Educators can also select whether a child can appear in a group story or not. From this page you can also archive the child from your Storypark community. Before removing a child, you may want to invite another early learning service/school, or export their stories.
Your early learning service’s reports
Compare the activity and trends happening at your service. Get information on numbers and dates of stories, comments, notes, views, posts and logins.
View by child, educator, family member and room.
Your early learning service’s learning sets
Manage your learning sets and tags. Learning sets let you organise and make links to (‘tag’) your learning outcomes or curriculum (e.g. Te Whāriki, Early Years, International Baccalaureate etc).
You can use or adapt an existing ‘public’ set or create your own private learning set. Learning sets are simply a collection of learning tags, organised within folders.
Adding tags to your stories lets you later group and filter stories by tags.
Use this space to describe the service you provide. You might include your mission, philosophies, values, history, curriculum and information about teaching staff. Show your contact details, and upload useful files for your educators and family members to download:
Rooms allows educators to group children, families and other educators. A room works in a similar way to your wider early learning service's area with its own children, educators, community discussion, stories and notifications.
You can set up as many rooms as you like within your service, and access them in the menu under your service’s name.
Each educator has their own page showing a snapshot of all the stories they’ve written, an area for personal conversations, and their educator portfolio. This page is visible only to other educators in their Storypark community, not family members.
To access an educator’s profile click on the educator’s name from your service’s teachers page. Or, visit your own educator profile by clicking on the link under your name or portfolio in the menu.
The conversations tab on an educator’s profile page is where educators can have conversations with other educators (eg. a head teacher) who can offer their feedback by leaving comments or starting a new conversation.
Your educator portfolio
Portfolio stories allow educators to document evidence of their work over time.
Create or adapt a learning set (ie. ‘Registered Teacher Criteria’, ‘Graduate Standards’, ‘Self-review’ or other assessment criteria that may be relevant to you as an educator), then link your portfolio stories to your chosen criteria using the learning tags in these sets.
Over time you can analyse and review your progress against your personal criteria. This makes support, reporting and assessment processes faster and easier.
Notifications are alerts you receive when somebody does something within Storypark that demands your attention. Notifications show up as a little number in a red speech bubble next to the Storypark duck at the top of the page, and in some cases, as an email. Clicking the duck icon will take you to your notifications page. You can change what emails you receive (or unsubscribe from all emails) on your 'Notification settings' page.