A little bit about us...

Hello and Welcome!

A little over 4 years ago, Octopus Journals was born. As part of The eArete Group, we are a very fast growing business, successfully expanding and developing to support and meet the needs of our customers. Having worked alongside several educational establishments and professionals, we have been fortunate enough to build up a complete understanding of just how important an Early Years Journal actually is. 

We guarantee that not only is our system simple and easy to use, but is both time saving and cost effective too!

With modern day technology progressing so rapidly, Early Years professionals and parents are among the first to fully appreciate a quicker and easier way to complete tasks, view important information, and store data. Therefore, with the knowledge that each and every organisation is different, just like every individual, the Octopus team has utilised its extensive knowledge and expertise to create an easy to use and incredibly time saving system that is tailored to your specific needs.

Our dedicated team are on hand to help with any questions or queries you may have at any stage of your association with us, so please feel free to get in touch…we don’t bite...honestly!!!



In early years circles "learning journals" refers to a group of different documents collected by early years practitioners that provide a picture of a child’s development under the areas of learning identified in the EYFS. It can consist of photos, art-work etc and should be interspersed with observations made by practitioners.


Practitioners should match any observations to the EYFS curriculum guidance. The aim is to build a unique picture of what each child knows, feels and can do as well as their particular interests and learning style. This can then be used to pinpoint learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences. 



At Octopus Journals, we believe that EYFS professionals’ time is best spent doing what they love – nurturing and educating young children.


We developed our system along side several early years organisations and people, to give us a complete understanding of just how important a child’s learning journey is.


We are committed to delivering the best learning journal available today, and we strive to continually work with our customers to develop the system even further and improve their experience with Octopus.

We have various different tools to record and manage our observations.

Octopus is by far the easiest to use and generates really effective Learning Journals for both practitioner and parent. The reports look great too!

Lauren Baker, Nursery Manager at The Pelican Nursery

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