New: Observation filter (classes)

13 January 2017 at 11:59 AM

One of the most requested additions to Orbit has been the ability to filter the observations list by classes/groups. From today a new filter has been added that functions in a similar way to the pupil filter. This will be available from the top o...


Sometimes 30 minutes just isn't enough...

11 January 2017 at 11:46 PM

Ensuring that children's data is secure is hard. There is always a tradeoff between convenience and security. That is why on Orbit we have always applied a 'timeout' to your internet sessions. To ensure that you do not just walk away from your c...


Count on Orbit

11 January 2017 at 10:12 AM

A new version of Orbit has been released overnight providing a number of features and performance fixes for the tracking functionality. Many Early Years users have requested that the assessment count that used to be shown against a child in Or...


Early Years App (iOS): Removed from App Store

25 October 2016 at 12:20 PM

The Early Years app has now been removed from the App Store. It is proving to be very unstable under iOS 10 and the updates required are taking a long time to complete as so much has changed. Please can we ask that you all switch to using the web...


NEW: Multiple Assessments

6 October 2016 at 4:22 AM

You have been asking and we have delivered! A feature that has been requested many times has been the ability to add multiple assessments at once onto an observation. This has now been added. Multiple assessments can be added including Early lea...


My Family Feed Performance Update

27 September 2016 at 9:23 PM

The performance of the My Family feed has not been good since the introduction of the new site, taking many seconds for it to load. No more! All your photos and children's information should now load quickly and bring you the pictures and informa...


Learning Journey PDF Requests

20 September 2016 at 1:19 AM

Learning Journey PDF files can now be requested by accessing the Provider Support menu. In order to receive your pdf files: Create a 'New Support Request' available in on the provider support menu Enter a short description for example 'P...


Early Years App (iOS): Back by popular demand

14 September 2016 at 10:08 AM

There has been a massive call out from our users to re-instate the old iOS application. This is now available again in the App Store Orbit Early Years You should now be able to perform observations and assessments on the go. Whilst this has been ...


Email Overload Continues...

13 September 2016 at 10:04 AM

Orbit is still receiving a large amount of email and keeping up with it is turning out to be very difficult. If you have already requested support via email please try and refrain from sending it again. We will get back to you as soon as possible....



6 September 2016 at 11:55 AM

Orbit has a lot of emails and Facebook messages asking for assistance and support. I will be focusing on email support as it is far too difficult to keep up with all the messages and having one place is going to make life a little easier. If Orb...


Orbit Data Loss

4 September 2016 at 9:43 PM

ORBIT DATA LOSS AUGUST 2015 - AUGUST 2016 It is with great regret I have to tell you that during a major site upgrade on the weekend of the starting the 26th August 2016 we lost 12 months of data. In terms we are talking about here the data is...


Data Loss

4 September 2016 at 8:20 PM

DATA LOSS It is with great regret I have to tell you that during a major site upgrade this weekend we have lost 12 months of data. What happened? We have been working very hard to bring you a new upgraded Orbit during these past few months ...


Orbit Lives!

21 June 2015 at 1:30 PM

Hi allFirstly I would like to thank all of our users. Being told that Orbit was closing down must have been a terrible thing to hear. For me the thought of 80,000+ registered users having to find a new solution in only a matter of months made me f...

Tags: is closing down

12 May 2015 at 7:17 PM

It is with great sadness that I am writing here to inform you that Orbit will be closing down at the end of this summer.  DON'T PANIC! We will be keeping the site up and working to the end of the academic year in order for you to complete the yea...


Scheduled maintenance on Saturday 27th September.

24 September 2014 at 9:08 PM

Orbit will be going offline for scheduled maintenance on Saturday 27th September from approximately 6pm. The site should be available again by Sunday morning. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. You all deserve Saturday night off work anyw...


Learning Journeys

6 May 2014 at 6:47 AM

The learning journey functionality has moved and can now be found within the Reports menu option on the child's menu (previously called Evaluations).Clicking on the 'New Learning Journey' button will now take you to a screen where you can select t...


Heartbleed... Do you need to worry?

12 April 2014 at 9:20 AM

Many of you may may have heard about this weeks revelations that a security flaw has been found in a well know security package known as OpenSSL.On hearing the news we immediately checked our site using the SSL checker tool we have mentioned in th...


Provider child stream & All about me

4 April 2014 at 8:41 AM

'Re-jigging' the site We are in the middle of a 're-jig' of the site in order to simplify the interface, provide more information to providers and parents and set up Orbit for the exciting new features coming over the next few months/years. All...


Concerns about Learning Journeys

26 March 2014 at 9:26 AM

Don't Panic!Since we announced that we had removed the album photos and postcards from the Learning Journey we have had numerous emails of concern about that data not being available. Don't Panic! This is a temporary solution to allow practitioner...


Evaluations & Learning Journeys

25 March 2014 at 1:29 PM

Evaluations: We finally found it!After many months of trying to work out why some people have been having issues with saving evaluations once all children have been completed we have FINALLY got to the bottom of the problem. We can only apologise ...


A great big thank you!

15 February 2014 at 11:36 AM

Orbit users are the best in the world!Over the last two weeks we have been dealing with the denial of service attack aimed at Orbit that caused the site to be unavailable, then moved to another domain, then back again and finally causing issues wi...


Hacked off with hackers!

4 February 2014 at 1:03 PM

The greater we scale the harder they are pushing!The denial of service attack continues on the main url. In order to get around this Orbit has been made available on the urls below.Rest assured your data is safe (people have been trying t...


We really love hackers! *sarcasm*

3 February 2014 at 4:17 PM

From Facebook/twiiter: PLEASE READ: Thanks to the (insert rude word here!) hackers doing a denial of service attack against Orbit today we have created a new load balancing server which you can access orbit on. Orbit can be accessed here: https://...


Orbit goes green

17 July 2013 at 5:56 PM

Whilst Orbit encourages green at all times (reducing paper, printing etc) this is not about that!Look to your web browsers URL bar (where you enter and you will see we are back with our extended validation certificate. You will see a gre...


Green Orbit Applications missing!

5 July 2013 at 9:43 PM

Orbit Applications takes security VERY seriously and uses the best security available. When you visit the site you normally see a green 'Orbit Applications Limited' bar in your browser. This signifies that we are using Extended Validation certific...


Protect your children!

29 June 2013 at 6:30 PM

Do you know who your children are talking to online?Parents need to be educated in the importance of understanding the technology they make available to their children. Whilst I allow my daughter access to an iPad, Mac and iPod Touch to gain acces...


Site upgrade

11 May 2013 at 11:07 AM

This week we performed a significant upgrade to the site to aid the performance of the child's assessment screen.You should now not have any issues 'detailing down' into a child's data to see the observations and assessments that have been perform...


A fantastic milestone for Orbit!

4 March 2013 at 11:01 AM

Orbit has just surpassed 10,000 registered users!This is absolutely fantastic as this has all been achieved by word of mouth with no advertising at all from us just happy users spreading the word. We are so happy that so many of you are loving Orb...


Characteristics of learning

16 February 2013 at 1:39 PM

Characteristics of learning have now been added to the website. Please note that this functionality is not currently available on the iPhone/iPad application.


Orbit forum opens!

6 December 2012 at 1:47 AM

Today we are proud to announce the opening of the Orbit forum. This new facility will allow users of Orbit to discuss all aspects of their children and allow valuable input into the future of Orbit.  We hope to build a strong community of likemin...


1,700 Early Years Providers and counting - spread the word!

14 November 2012 at 5:02 PM

As we make final preparations to release even more functions for users of this website, we're pleased to announce that more than 1,700 early years providers are now registered with Orbit.  Many thanks to those of you who've already registered ...


Over 1,000 early years providers using Orbit

10 October 2012 at 1:28 PM

We're delighted to announce that there are now more that 1,000 early years providers registered to use Orbit.It's still only 3 months since Orbit's launch, so it's really encouraging that an increasing numbers of providers are now turning to O...


Orbit helps providers share EYFS assessments

24 September 2012 at 2:11 PM

Following last week's release of new functions to this website, the 850+ Early Years providers registered with Orbit are now collaborating on children's EYFS assessments using Orbit.  Through Orbit, when a child attends multiple Early Years pr...


Over 650 Early Years providers can't be wrong!!

10 September 2012 at 9:46 AM

We're pleased to announce that over 650 Early Years providers have now registered with Orbit Early Years!  It's less than three months since we launched Orbit and the uptake has really exceeded our expectations. We're delighted that our free...


Over 350 Early Years providers now registered with Orbit

21 August 2012 at 4:36 PM

Within 2 months of the website's launch and less than a week since the Orbit Early Years app was released on the App Store, we're proud to announce that over 350 Early Years providers are now registered to use Orbit. We're looking forward to ...


Orbit Early Years App available on the App Store

18 August 2012 at 1:00 PM

We're pleased to announce that the Orbit Early Years app can now be downloaded from the App Store.Please feel free to download the app and join over 300 Early Years Providers who're already using Orbit Early Years!!!


Orbit website attracts more than 200 providers

26 July 2012 at 3:43 PM

We're delighted to announce the recent upgrade to this website, which allows providers to use Orbit Early Years to register children, make observations and undertake EYFS assessments in line with the new 2012 framework.  More than 200 providers ha...


Over 60 providers register for Orbit Early Years in its first week!

29 June 2012 at 3:03 PM

We are delighted to announce that, less than a week since its launch, over 60 Early Years providers have now fully registered themselves to begin using Orbit Early Years later in July. This is fantastic news and further confirms our be...


Early Years providers begin registering for Orbit.

22 June 2012 at 4:05 PM

We are pleased to announce that, following successful trials of the revolutionary Orbit Early Years app, we are now beginning to make Orbit Early Years available for general release to all Early Years providers, in good time for them to start ...