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Learning Journeys, re-imagined


Learning Journals and special books have grown in popularity over the last decade, offering early years settings a way to record the special moments of their children, and to keep parents involved in a partnership as their children blossom and grow. More recently they have been used in conjunction with the EYFS developmental stages to assess more formally how children are progressing.

Traditionally these individual records have been collected in scrapbooks or binders, building up into a treasured memoir that children can take with them when they leave for the next stages of their journey through life - each entry forming a thread in the warp and weft of the tapestry that is their life.

The cost, in both time and money, of providing these journals has often caused great problems for managers and staff in EYFS settings. The purchase of the scrap books alone can be significant, and printing photographs, and cutting, pasting and writing in the journals is a time consuming affair.


Additionally, managers experience the trauma of sending their journals home with parents, only to find they return them late or even lose them. In the event of parents who are separated it can be difficult to make the journals available to both in a fair way; and if one parent is away for other reasons (for example a serving member of the armed forces who is on active duties) it is impossible to use the physical journal as a means of keeping up to date with a son or daughter.

What if it was possible to create records of observations instantly? To add notes and images and have them immediately available to any authorised person as part of the complete story of the child's life at their nursery. To have parents able to view and comment on these special moments, and to be able to contribute their own stories of the child's life outside nursery?

Well, we believe you can. This is what we call Tapestry. Online Learning Journals, from the imagineers at the FSF!


  • A complete standalone application with your own web address, with full management functions to control access and communication, for parents and staff, and editorial control over all journals and records.
  • Journals created for each of your children, with full control over who can view and edit them.
  • A growing number of designs for you to choose from.
  • Each observation or page can include notes, photographs and EYFS assessments, characteristics of learning and videos. They can be enhanced by comments from other staff and parents, and each page appears in a pleasing and coherent way.
  • View the complete set of observations as a learning journey, flipping through a single child's observation pages, in time-order, or filtering in flexible ways to access your favourite records. Bookmark your favourites for quick access.
  • Upload an observation to multiple childrens' journals simultaneously, then split and edit individually if necessary.
  • Convert to PDF and give to parents as CD or print hardcopies as appropriate.
  • Observations can be uploaded in one single process that makes a new entry immediately available or, optionally, hidden until the manager has approved them.
  • Each child's journey can have individual accounts set up for parents and relatives to access.
  • Parents can comment on new entries and even add their own.
  • Mobile apps allow new entries to be made from iPhones,iPads and Android devices.
  • Intuitive EYFS 'tagger' allows assessments to be made down to statement level, and multiple EYFS assessments can be made for a single observation (optional - you decide in your management screen).
  • Automatic emails generated for parents when new entries are made.

Next Steps

Look through the excellent resources here including a video about using Tapestry from the perspective of a setting manager/EYP, some testimonials, and screen shots of Tapestry from the web and mobile applications.

If you have any further questions please feel free to email us or, if you are a member of the FSF already, just ask a question in the Forum or use our private message system to PM us.

Tapestry Video

Using Tapestry in a real setting

Watch this short introductory video, which gives an overview of the use of Tapestry in a real setting from the perspective of a Setting Manager/EYP. Please don't contact Rotherfield Village Preschool regarding Tapestry-but do post on the forums here if you have any questions.

At the end of the video you will be offered the opportunity to join a mailing list and receive news about future Tapestry developments. Alternatively, use the form below the video.

Tapestry Testimonials

What our customers are saying

...Thanks again for your prompt help once again!!

...We have been using Tapestry for about 6 weeks and are finding it AMAZING. It has cut our paperwork time down considerably and the feedback we are getting from parents is that they all love it....

...I love Tapestry!! Its sooooo easy!!...

...Even my most 'technophobe' member of staff loves Tapestry - it is so easy to use....

...I would like to say we love Tapestry and it has halved our workload....

...We were inspected in December and our inspector really liked Tapestry. She also liked how the staff and me as a manager really understood the various features and how to use it effectively. She also praised the parent involvement it encourages....

...We love Tapestry and find it far easier to use than the old paper method...As to Ofsted - our inspector was impressed with the parent partnership it offered. We could show how parents were uploading their own obs and commenting on ours. We were judged outstanding so it didn't do us any harm!!

...We switched from paper LJ to Tapestry over a year ago- best investment ever made....

...Many thanks to you and your team for all of the help you have given me. Your technical support and patience is second to none....

...Once again THANK YOU for your speedy reply. I think your team is wonderfully helpful and supportive....

Tapestry Screenshots

See the magic for yourself!

Below are some screenshots of various areas within the Tapestry application, from the perspective of managers or relatives. Click on an image to view a larger resolution version, and use the navigation arrows in the popup to move through them.

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Mobile Apps

Use Tapestry on your mobile device

Find information about downloading the Tapestry mobile app for your Apple or Android mobile device here, and see some screen shots from the app.

Available on the App Store

Apple Devices

Download the Tapestry mobile app from the Apple App Store here, or by typing "tapestry fsf" into the search function.

Screenshots from the Apple app

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Get it on Google Play

Android Devices

Download the Android mobile app from Google Play here, or by typing "tapestry fsf" into the search function.

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Tapestry Support

Your questions answered

We are proud of our responsiveness at the FSF. Over the last ten years we have built a reputation as a reliable and personal early years presence in a continually changing world.

The FSF community has a deserved reputation as a generous support network, and you will benefit from a dedicated Tapestry forum area for questions, suggestions and open feedback, quite apart from access to the program design and development team. Help us build Tapestry the way you would like to see it and, in doing so, make it your own!

Support Resources


Get Tapestry today!

Tapestry is available now, and an annual subscription (prices below) can be purchased from the FSF, after which your Tapestry account will be automatically set up and available within minutes

We only want happy users of Tapestry; we like to sleep well at night. So please have full confidence that if you take out a subscription to Tapestry and decide it's not for you within the first month, you can have your money back, in full, with no hoops or obstacles to jump through. Just drop us a line and we'll refund your payment. We'd obviously like to hear your views - but we'd like to part on good terms!

Tapestry is made available only via the FSF, so all Tapestry users need also to have a current FSF subscription. If your local authority subscribes to the FSF (see list here) simply register under their scheme or, if you're already a member via a LA scheme you're already there. Otherwise you'll need to register with the FSF and purchase a 20 (+VAT) annual subscription to use Tapestry. In doing so you will become a full member of the wonderful early years community at the FSF and have full access to all the resources and articles on this site.

The current annual Tapestry subscription prices are below. Click on a package or visit the purchase page to get it now!

Tapestry 12 children

(36 INC. VAT)30.00

Tapestry 20 children

(48 INC. VAT)40.00

Tapestry 40 children

(60 INC. VAT)50.00

Tapestry 60 children

(90 INC. VAT)75.00

Tapestry 90 children

(132 INC. VAT)110.00

Tapestry 120 children

(174 INC. VAT)145.00

Tapestry 150 children

(216 INC. VAT)180.00

Tapestry 180 children

(264 INC. VAT)220.00

Tapestry 240 children

(360 INC. VAT)300.00

Tapestry 300 Children

(504 INC. VAT)420.00

Already A Tapestry User And Want To Upgrade Your Package?

Click here for a very simple tutorial that shows you how to to it!