Learning Journal

Our staff carry out regular observations of your child ensuring your child’s learning and development incorporates their interests and needs. These observations cover all areas of learning according to the framework, as well as records of special moments.

Your child’s experiences at nursery are recorded in their unique Learning Journal, giving you a permanent record of their early years at nursery and enabling you to look at this for years to come.


At our nurseries we combine caring with education by following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which means that our nursery staff carry out regular observations of every child, ensuring that their learning and development incorporates their interests and needs.

Observations allow your child’s key person to observe your child by noting their activities when alone or as part of a group. Some observations are planned ahead but many will be informal and will cover all areas of the EYFS, as well as recording special moments.


At Clarence House we use an online Learning Journal called Tapestry. All of your child’s experiences at nursery are recorded via Tapestry in their own online record.

Observations are analysed regularly to make assessments of the children’s learning and development. Under the EYFS all practitioners working with children are required to use formative assessments and observations to support the children’s individual planning.

What is Tapestry?

Tapestry is a system that allows you to view your child’s Learning Journal online. It is available on a web browser or as a smart phone app and is designed to bring you, as a parent, closer to your child’s development in the nursery.

How can I access Tapestry?

You will be provided with a unique user name and password to your child’s online portfolio, so you can view at any time what your child is achieving during their time in nursery. An email will be sent to your supplied email address which will allow you to register and create a password.

You can download apps for use on android and iOS devices at the Apple App store or Google Play Store.

How safe are my details?

The system is secure and the information contained within this system will only be accessed by you and our nursery team – under no circumstances will the information, observations or photos be shared with anyone else.

What are the benefits of Tapestry?

  • You will be able to see a timeline of your child’s day at nursery, with photos, videos and notes on your child’s daily activities that are logged by your child’s Key Person during their time in nursery.
  • You can access the system from home or work, at any time you choose, as you will have a unique user name and password.
  • You will be able to add observations from home, which our staff teams can utilise in nursery.
  • You can be involved in your child’s assessments, and by adding comments and other important information that you would like nursery to be aware of you can enhance communication between home and nursery to benefit your child’s development.
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