Parent Guide

So, you’ve got your Learning Journals login details – what next?

Learning Journals is a tool for your nursery or school to be able to record significant learning of children.

For you, this means you can log in to your profile and see these events and comment and contribute.


Observations are records of significant learning linked to curriculums and frameworks. These are what the staff at nurseries and schools use to evidence progress and development, but just as importantly, easily share with parents all the hard work and  effort that goes into educating children.

You can click on the Outcomes tab of each observation to see which outcomes have been demonstrated in the observation.


Stories are a really nice and easy way for a nursery or school to share something with a parent. Not as comprehensive as an observation, they allow staff to quickly share a a nice moment – it might be a fun day, a birthday party, sports day or some other even or activity that you’d love to hear about.

Like and Comments

There is nothing a nursery or school wants more than for you to contribute to the observations. It’s so easy for parents to do; you can simply click on the like button to acknowledge that you’ve seen an update or, even better, leave a comment to let the nursery know how this observation links in with your home learning. Or even just leave a note to say how seeing the observation made you feel.

Leaving a comment really is the best way that you can interact with Learning Journals.

Parent Contributions

If you see a blue box on your child’s profile it means the nursery or school have set up an area for you to contribute even further to a child’s profile. You can use these areas for uploading your own ‘mini observations from home’. You might want to add in something about a new judo award, or perhaps you went hill climbing at the weekend.

These sections can be named by the nursery or school so you might see titles like “Achievements from home” or “Wow moments”

Exporting and saving your profile

When it comes time for you to move on or leave the school you can export everything that has ever been uploaded. This means all your observations, stories, parent contributions as well as every  photo or video.

Just click on the Convert Profile To PDF button. You’ll then just select from some options, e.g. do you want everything or just the last 2 years?

The system will then create a PDF for you which will become available from your downloads tab.