Learning Journals

Create comprehensive Learning Journals for every child in your care. Observe, record and share information about children’s learning and development progress, then plan next steps to encourage and promote learning. Suitable for childminders and ALL Early Years settings!

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Suitable for childminders and ALL Early Years settings 3 versions available for providers based in Scotland, England or Wales!

Create comprehensive Learning Journals for every child in your care.

  EYFS  Realising the Ambition  Curriculum for Excellence  SHANARRI  Foundation Phase

Observe, record and share information about children’s learning and development progress, then plan the next steps to encourage and promote learning.

Registered child care providers are required to keep personal plans for every child in their care and to keep track of their learning and development progress.

The documents in this pack will assist you in observing, recording and sharing progress whilst also planning the next steps to encourage and promote learning.

Supplied as PDF Forms, you can type in the information required or, if you prefer, print out and fill in by hand.

Use each sheet individually, assemble together into a folder, or save digitally to keep a comprehensive learning portfolio for every child.

This pack contains all of the following:

Learning Journal User Guide
Front Cover

learning journal boy learning journal girl

Select for a boy or girl. Apply a photo of the child to the front cover or help them draw or colour a picture of themselves to further personalise their Learning Journal.

Learning Journal Review Plan

Learning Journal Review Plan

Provide parents with information regarding their child’s learning journal and plan when you intend to review or update each section.

All About Me

All About Me All About Me All About Me

Versions for 0 to 3 years and 3 years + provided. Ask parents to complete with child at home to collect important information and details which may influence a child’s learning and development. E.g. Family details, likes and dislikes, fears, general health, abilities, behaviour issues, etc.

Development Review & Planning

Starting PointsDevelopment ReviewSupport My Progress

Use at regular intervals throughout the year to monitor each child’s development and regularly review progress so as you can plan the next steps to support their development. Sheets provided for Starting Points / Initial Assessment, Development Review and Support My Progress – brainstorm ideas and give parents inspiration of how they can support their child’s learning at home.

Learning Folder Insert Sheets 

Mathematics & Numeracy

Use regularly to record developmental milestones or add notes, photographs, drawings, etc. about activities children have been involved in, under each of the learning framework areas. Blank titled sheets for each learning area are provided OR use the detailed outcome sheets to check progression in more detail.

IMPORTANT: The Outcome Sheets should not be used as tick lists. The outcomes are listed to help remind you and parents of the types of development milestones to be looking for within each learning area and to assist in making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. Children should not be expected to meet every single outcome.

Observation Report

Observation Report

Use these sheets to record how a child responds to, learns from, or behaves during a specific activity or task. Tick which areas of development have been covered.

Completed examples included for each section.

Please note that the example images shown above show a selection from the Scottish, English and Welsh version of this pack. Each Learning Journals Pack will include sheets to support the relevant learning framework. See further details below: 


Scottish Learning Journals Pack

Designed to assist childcare providers registered in Scotland with following principles set out in Realising the Ambition – the National practice guidance for early years in Scotland, the Curriculum for Excellence and Scotland’s national approach to improving outcomes for children – Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC).

Also Includes SHANARRI Sheets to add notes, photographs, drawings, etc. about activities children have been involved, under each of the SHANARRI Wellbeing Indicators.



English Learning Journals Pack

Designed to assist childcare providers registered in England follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) reflecting the Development Matters guidance and the Early Years Outcomes.

Also Includes Characteristics of Effective Learning Observation Sheets to describe in further detail how children go about a certain task and how they learn. Use this information when thinking about the next steps, how can you best plan further activities that complement each child’s preferred way of learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

PLEASE NOTE: An amended version of this pack will become available ahead of the full implementation of the NEW EYFS in 2021 and the updated Development Matters guidance. All childcare providers must continue to follow the existing EYFS Framework until September 2021 unless they are an Early Adopter school.


Welsh Learning Journals Pack

Designed to assist childcare providers registered in Wales follow the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 and the Foundation Phase.

Includes Learning Folder Insert Sheets for both Compact and Full Profile levels of assessment:  0 to 2 years – Bronze, Silver and Gold and 2 to 5 years – Foundation Phase Outcomes , 1, 2 and 3.



There is a large selection of pages within this pack but there is NO REQUIREMENT to complete every sheet for every child. Consider each child individually and how you can use the resources to assist in providing the best development support. Also think about what is an appropriate and manageable amount of learning and development recording. You may decide to use different strategies for each child depending on ages and stages, how often they attend your setting and whether or not they attend school or another setting. You may also choose to additional tools and resources to use alongside this pack.

However you monitor, record and share learning and development information, it is important to find a way of working that suits you as well as the children and families you provide care for.

Please see the Further Details tab above for file format and supply information.
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The download version of this pack is supplied as a ZIP FILE. Please see the Help page for further information.  

All of the forms in this pack are supplied as PDF Forms. You can choose to print them out and complete by hand or use your computer / tablet to enter information before printing or sharing digitally with parents.

If you find you cannot type information into PDF forms then you may require to install a PDF viewer that permits the use of forms. Adobe Reader DC is a popular one that will work on any device. There are different pricing options available but the reader version is Free and is adequate for completing and saving forms. 


NOTICE for EYFS Providers in ENGLAND

The EYFS version of this resource is currently being updated and improved ready for the NEW 2021 EYFS Framework – statutory for all Early Years providers in ENGLAND from September 2021! The existing format is still relevant to the current EYFS 2017 framework which applies until 31st August 2021.

Minding Kids members can access the updated version as soon as it becomes available via their subscription.

✔Customers who have purchased this resource individually after 1st April 2021 may contact us to request a discount to the value of their original purchase on the updated product once it becomes available. Please note the cost of revised packs may be higher than the original product.

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