Childminders are a massively important part of the early years chain. Not every family wants, or can afford, to send their child to a private nursery. Local authority nurseries don’t always provide the flexibility that a busy family or parent needs. In thousands of cases childminders are the glue that keeps early years services together.

Childminders often work on their own providing a vital service to thousands of families across the country. Time is always precious, resources are always at a premium and for some of the childminders we have spoken to they often feel their sector of childcare and education is often overlooked.

Our Childminder package gives access to all the features that a nursery or primary school has so you can update and communicate to parents all the fantastic activities and learning that takes place while you care for their children – and all at an amazingly special childminder price. We also have 10% discounts available for members of the National Childminding Association and the Scottish Childminders Association.



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Low cost

If you add but the cost of printing, stationary, folders, poly-pockets, glue sticks, the list is endless.

Learning Journals for Childminders is a flat fee of £8.25+VAT per month, all paid by easy direct debit. There are no other costs to pay and you can stop at any time.

Simple to use

Childminders have very little free time as it is. You want a system that is simple and easy to use and can also be used easily by parents.

With our system you can quickly share a story with parents in just a couple of minutes.

We also have a parent app available for parent convenience.

Secure and Safe

Parents only have access to their own child's profile. With the use of username, password and PIN combinations that only the parents can ever know they can be confident that the content is only visible to staff. When their child leaves they can export all their data, photos and videos to keep forever.

Keyworker View – Waterfront Nursery

Lauren Wiltshire is a qualified nursery practitioner. As , early years officer at Fox Covert Early Years explains how Learning Journals has benefitted the staff and parents at their nursery in Edinburgh.

  • How parents with busy lives can benefit from Learning Journals
  • There’s no wasted time
  • Use the system out and about and take observations in the moment

“It’s a lot easier time-wise, it’s just so much easier”.

Staff View – Fox Covert Early Years

Carol Thabet, early years officer at Fox Covert Early Years explains how Learning Journals has benefitted the staff and parents at their nursery in Edinburgh.

  • How parents benefit from easy access
  • How staff can note significant learning
  • How everyone is on the same page with support and learning

“It’s really, really made a big difference to families”.

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Our Mission Is To Bring Childcare and Parents Closer Together

We know how difficult it is to provide children with the high standard of education and care that we all desperately want them to have. We opened our nursery in Edinburgh in 2010 and from day one we faced the same challenges and difficulties as thousands of other hard working educators in the UK.

We were short of time, short of money and short of staff. The thing that all nursery and school staff share and have plenty of is the desire to provide a great education and caring environment for their children.

That is exactly the philosophy that we still hold to at Learning Journals and every day is spent trying to work out ways we can make that goal easier to achieve for all our customers.

Who Created Learning Journals?

Over 4 million observations taken and counting.

40,000+ parents more engaged with their child's education.

12,000+ teachers freed up to focus on the children.