Child Diaries & Child Journeys

Share magic moments with your parents every day

Send daily updates with photos and videos of your children enjoying their early years.

See your children’s meals, sleep times and nappy changes with live or scheduled updates throughout the day.

Download your photo album and keep your memories forever.

Stay connected with your parents like never before with the parent app and news feed.

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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden

Sync your data

Syncs your data seamlessly

All-in-one system

Any changes made in your nursery management system automatically get pulled into your child diaries and child journeys so all your early years data is live and in real-time across all your systems and available in the parent app.

It also means you only have to update your information once, so everything is clean, tidy and all in one place making it easier for you to manage.

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Child details

child details

All about me

One of the changes in the new September 2021 EYFS curriculum emphasised education being more about early years practitioner knowledge of the child, so we thought it would be handy for parents to provide you this information through the Parent Admin app so you can track and manage the quality of information ready for your next Ofsted inspection.

It is also easy for parents to update and log any changes they wish to make which is handy.

Whilst parents can provide information on favourite toys, likes and dislikes, etc. We also gave parents the option to upload photos of their children which also helps when printing off your children’s “all about me” forms.

Power comes not from knowledge kept, but knowledge shared.

Bill Gates

Child sat in a nursery

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Assessment & cohorts

Assess your children’s development quickly and easily. Simple to see where each child is up to on their development journey with you.

From baseline assessments and 2 year checks to cohort tracking and reporting you can easily get to the child information you need.

Publish your assessments in the Parent App so you can share this information with your parents or teachers so they can see each child’s progress.

Activity logs

Share daily activities

Activity logs

Keep your parents updated with a diary of their child’s activity in nursery live in real-time.

Drop-off and pick-up times are also recorded straight from your digital registers. Parents can see what meals and snacks have been eaten and at what time, so they can plan evening meals.

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Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

Child diaries on a tablet

Fast and easy record of your children’s day

Child diaries

Send photos, videos and messages in real-time to delight your parents. All available in your Parent App for your parents to enjoy whenever they wish to.

Easy to record meals, snacks, water, drinks, medication and sleep time activity so your parents can receive a daily notification they will love.

We have also included a bulk add and edit function to make things a little easier for your early years practitioners.

Child journeys on a tablet

Choose your curriculum framework or build your own

Child Journeys

EYFS software designed to record how your children develop and learn so you can deliver an effective early years curriculum to build on the strengths and needs of the children in your care.

Fast and easy to use for your team to understand and deliver the curriculum your way.

Simple or detailed observation sent individually or in bulk make childcare practitioners life easier with the added bonus of reducing time spent on a tablet or laptop devices.

The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple.

Grady Brooch

Development milestones

See where your children are up to

Child milestones

Based on the September 2021 EYFS development matters framework you can easily see where all your children are up to and record changes with ease.

The choice is yours if you wish to use these handy milestones or take a different approach but we thought we would give you the option.

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Digital planning boards

Planning your next steps

Digital planning boards

This is a useful tool for the nurseries to feed possible learning intentions (next steps) into your planning sheets so your early years managers can then have oversight of all children in one place and take an any further action required.

Helping you to plan and deliver the EYFS curriculum your way and see any gaps in learning jump off the page.

With changes to the curriculum these are available should you need them.

Deliver the EYFS curriculum

Deliver the curriculum your way!

Early Years Curriculum

Deliver the new September 2021 EYFS Framework exactly how you want to with a choice of simple and detailed observations, next steps, milestones, assessments and staff training resources. With an easy to use EYFS management system in plain English to make your staff training easier. We have even added a spell checker so no more typos.

Share information and communicate with your parents and receive great feedback to compliment your children’s learning journey with you.

Choose a standard or custom curriculum framework to give you more choice.

EYFS framework simplified

Clear and simple English

EYFS framework simplified

We have simplified the Development matters framework with 222 observation checkpoints and 44 milestones to choose from so it’s easier for your early years team and a little less scary to use.

The EYFS framework has more checkpoints and milestones to select from but you can be assured it to simple and easy to use.

With easy to use EYFS software in plain English so you can deliver the EYFS curriculum exactly how you want to.

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The best design is the simplest one that works.

Albert Einstein

Curriculum dashboard

Keeping you in control

EYFS dashboard

See how your team is delivering the EYFS curriculum in real time.

Spot any trends and focus areas with ease. Check approvals for any work yet to be published. See next steps in child development and much more.

Helping you to plan and deliver your early years curriculum and ready for your next Ofsted inspection.

Communication made easy

Communications with your parents made easy

Messaging and Notifications

Keep your parents informed and connected with instant messaging and share photos and videos with ease.

Record all your message history in one place so you can always refer back to what has been said.

Easy to send individual or bulk notifications to your parents with targeted group notifications available.

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The way a team plays as a whole determines its success

Babe Ruth

Help children thrive

Parent observations from home

Observations by Parents

Receive parent observations from home to help with your early years curriculum planning. Engage and communicate with your parents and receive great feedback.

Make communications with your parents a two-way job so they can easily send you observations from home or wow moments to compliment the child’s learning journey with you.

Your EYFS management software helps you to build strong home links to improve your parents in partnership so children can thrive in the early years.

Observations made easy

Observations made simple for parents and staff

Observations by Nursery

Easy to complete an observation and simple to use for early years practitioners and parents to compliment your children’s learning journey.

Choose simple child observations or detailed observations linked to your curriculum Framework.

Which ever way you wish to deliver the curriculum, you can mix and match observations and assessments to give you the correct level of detail and frequency required for your early years setting.

A big business starts small.

Richard Branson

Bulk selection

Delivering the EYFS curriculum

Observations in bulk

Bulk upload and edit observations in one go.

Observe multiple children with ease using simple observations to reduce time spent entering observation data onto your tablets or mobile devices.

Share observations live and in real-time with your parents.

Digital learning journey

Parents can download their children’s photo album

Photo Album

Allow your parents to download all those special moments into one photo album so they can keep those early years memories forever.

Available as a digital download.

EYFS curriculum with digital learning journey software.

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Quality is doing it right when no one is looking.

Henry Ford

Delight your parents

Share magic moments with each child’s story of the day

Photo & Video messaging

Share those magic moments with your parents and send photos and videos so they are available on the Parent App for them to enjoy.

Everyone loves to see photos and videos of their children which also helps you to engage more with your parents and improve your parents in partnership which is a win-win for everyone.

This also works great with the changes to the new EYFS Framework to compliment your children’s learning journey with you.

Digital consent forms

Digitally signed by your parents

Permission & consent forms

Request digital signatures and track your parents have completed these, so everyone is compliant with health and safety requirements.

Digital signatures by parents with a time stamp record help give you peace of mind.

Send accident/incident and medication forms easily to your parents and keep them updated.

A satisfied customer is the best strategy of all.

Michael LeBoeuf

Story of the day

Upload multiple photos

Story of the day

Share your children’s story of the day and upload multiple photos or videos to delight your parents.

Easy for your team to use child diaries so they can upload photos and videos and share these with your parents.

Publish children’s stories in real time or schedule whenever the timing is right.

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Smart search and filters

Get the information you need quickly and easily

Smart search and filters

Smart search filters allow your early years team to quickly get to the information they need and makes their life a little easier to manage so they can focus on delivering the EYFS curriculum.

View or create observations with ease based on your search criteria and let the system filter your keywords to list all the observation and cohorts, making it simple for your practitioners to undertake child observations.

Keep track of where your children are up to with a simple traffic light flagging system and don’t worry, parents can’t see this.

Together, all things are possible.

Cesar Chavez

Training resources

Available for your team

Training resources

Add training videos, guides and much more to help your staff training requirements.

Allow your early years team to see your curriculum framework, training guides and provide information on observations, assessments and reporting guidance to ensure you are all working from the same page.

Raising the quality standards of early years children’s education in the UK.

User levels

Child diaries and journeys

User levels

Secure user levels so you can see who is logged in, when and what they logged out.

You can select what information your early years team can use with access limited to child diaries and child journey to keep your team focussed.

A popular function allowing early years practitioners to seamlessly move between child diaries and child journeys helps make their life a little easier.

All of your customers are partners in your mission.

Shep Hyken

Nurseries love using our software Nursery management software reviews

26. April, 2023.
Amazing service - I sent a support ticket with a quire and was expecting an explanation of possibly how to sort it - instead within 10 minutes, the problem had been rectified by the NIAB team saving me valuable time and stress!
Siobhan Pick
Siobhan Pick
11. April, 2023.
This software saves us so much time and effort for running our nursery. Their team are so responsive with any issues or questions we have and usually respond with a solution within minutes. Highly recommend!
Nicola Francis-Bown
Nicola Francis-Bown
22. January, 2023.
We have used Nursery in a box for a number of years and have always been pleased with the service. Every enquiry we send however minor is always dealt with promptly and professionally. parents have also given us positive feedback using the app. if your look for a provider then we would highly recommend nursery in a box x
Wonder Years Day Nursery
Wonder Years Day Nursery
21. November, 2022.
We've been using Nursery in Box for a few years now and really love it. It's a great System to use and they are great with support when it's needed. They are constantly upgrading quite regularly too.
Baldersby Park Montessori Nursery
Baldersby Park Montessori Nursery
3. November, 2022.
I have always found Nursery In A Box to be a great management tool. The support team are very helpful and take on board suggestions to develop the system further.
Deb Fiddeman
Deb Fiddeman
26. October, 2022.
NIAB makes my job as an administrator much easier. They are always very responsive and patient if I need any help during my working day.
Alice Manto
Alice Manto
20. October, 2022.
What a great product! I couldn’t recommend it more. Managing every aspect of your nursery is simpler thanks to Nursery in a Box. It is easy to use; the team is very efficient and friendly. They have been very quick on responding to any questions or issues I had. Their expertise and knowledge come from first-hand experience and it shows in how the system is built and developed. David’s advice while supporting and helping with our fees and their structures, funding and Consumables was an eye opener and a learning curve for me.
My Little Explorers
My Little Explorers
12. September, 2022.
Very impressed with the software and all the features that are included with it. After testing a few different options, we were suggested Nursery in a Box by another nursery and they weren't wrong. It has everything we needed and more and it's made the switch from paper to digital so much easier. Support is also amazing and very quick in answering any questions we have. Highly recommended!
Laura Pike
Laura Pike
7. September, 2022.
Great Software. Nice and easy to use from a management prospective. Parent's love the features which they can access. Great technical support staff. Highly recommend.
LIttle Footsteps
LIttle Footsteps
15. August, 2022.
We have used Nursery in a Box for a couple of years now and its been great, especially when covid started. We were able to communicate effectively with all the parents and everyone found it really helpful. We use many features of the site, and if we have had any problems they have always rectified this for us for us to be able to use it to the full potential! Thank you 🙂