It’s not difficult to see how Learning Journals makes life easier for staff. Before they would need time out to complete folders and observations. They would encounter all sorts of issues when trying to print out photos. they might jot down notes on little yellow post-its with which context of the actual observation could become forgotten by the time they get round to writing it up. Even worse, they could get lost or mislaid.

With Learning Journals they can complete observations in the moment, alongside the child who can take part and give their input where appropriate. With an in depth observation taking just a minute or two for a child they can use all the time save to actually spending time with the children instead of stuck with a folder that gets very little attention from parents or the children.


Time saving

It's easy to see how Learning Journals saves huge amounts of staff time - it's one of the main reasons we developed the system for our own nursery in Edinburgh.

Saving time is not just about taking the tedious job of paper profiling away from the team - it's about them being able to give that time back to the children and use it to create, educate and care for the children.

Bond building

Let's face it, parents have barely a moment at pick up and drop off times - if any time at all.

With regular, high quality observations that they have quick and constant access to parents become to feel more a part of their child's learning. We've seen at our own nursery how this inclusive feeling leads to a much happier relationship with parents.

Feeling valued

It was often the case that staff would spend huge amounts of time on profiles. They would pour their heart and soul into high quality, in depth observations of children only for these to sit languishing in a folder on some shelf. The leads to a very deflated feeling that their time and effort was being wasted.

When parents can easily access all the brilliant observations and moments shared by staff they become more engaged which feeds back to better communication and relationships with staff and teachers and a much happier team.

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”.

Manager View – Flying Colours Nursery

Arran Black, owner of Flying colours nursery goes into detail about how Learning Journals has worked from day one at his nursery.

  • How parents have embraced the system
  • Surprised how easily parents have taken to interacting with the system
  • We’ve not looked back

“The person I think it benefits the most is the nursery manager quite simply because they can find everything in one place”.

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Built By A Nursery, For Nurseries

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.


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.