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Drum roll is the wonderful 'Our Journal', a bespoke and undated 12 month physical journal, created with love and careful consideration, specifically for childminding and early years settings.


This is my first physical, printed product and I am incredibly proud if it! I am a former teacher turned childminder, and self confessed paperwork and stationery geek, who had an idea in mind for a long time to create a generic and high quality journal that pulls together lots of important information needed by all settings, whilst allowing you flexibilty to create a working document that supports your unique business!


If you have followed the journey on social media, then you will be aware of the production difficulties along the way, and appreciate the effort and love that's gone into creating this amazing journal for you! Material and production costs are astronmical and my original plan pushed the retail price up to over £60! That's just too much to ask in this current economic climate, but I still needed a decent cover to protect the journal in busy settings! So, I eventually settled on the plastic covers that you see here - these have been sourced seperately and whilst they are not perfect, they ensure that production and material costs are kept as low as possible, allowing me to retail the journal for an accessible £24.95, including P&P within the UK!


Each plastic cover is added by me, along with the blue bookmark, and you will also find two sets of tabs included in your journal, for you to add in a way that works for you! Each journal is carefully packaged in tissue paper and popped into a plastic wrapping before being posted out in a book wrap. The package is too large for a letterbox, hence the parcel rate of postage and the plastic wrapping will ensure it's protected if your postie leaves it outside!


If you order today, you can expect your journal to be posted out on Friday 8th September 2023. It will be sent by Royal Mail, standard first class. If you wish to purchase outside the UK, please drop me a message through the 'Contact' button, so I can work out what the postage costs will be.


So, what's inside?


The photos give you a good idea of what you can expect (but the back of your journal may feature the new logo), and here are the specifications for both the component parts and the contents...



-200 page (sides) wirobound journal

front cover is 350gsm silk

inner pages 120gsm uncoated

white wirobinding

blue double ribbon bookmark

clear polypropylene dust cover that's attached with adhesive strip on back cover



Letter from Sam

Information About Our Setting x 2

Safeguarding and First Aid Information


Our Monthly Overview featuring motivational quotes (2 page spread) x 13

'Our Week'(2 page spread) x 53

Our Future Plans x 2

Continuous Professional Development x 2

Our Favourite Places To Go/Outdoor Activities x 2

Our Favourite Activites x 2

Our Favourite Meals and Recipes x 2

Our Records x 4

Our Monthly Income and Expenditure (2 page spread) x 13

Notes x 2

Emergency Contacts x 14


Lastly, special thanks to the patient and lovely Claire at, who answered my 101 questions and went above and beyond to help me realise my 'moon on a stick' idea for a reaonable cost that did not compromise on quality! Special thanks to my dad, Mike, for the bespoke cover art work and to my sister for her shared love of stationery, and to whom this journal is dedicated! Finally, thank you to my hubby and son - my absolute world, whose own lives have been overtaken by me trying to realise this dream! I've done it! Look! It's in the shop!


Technical Stuff

You are purchasing a physical product that will be shipped out every Saturday morning.

If for any reason, there is an unlikely unforseen issue, you will be contacted with a new shipping date

If the journal is available sooner, it may be shipped earlier than w/b 14th August

If you purchase with Paypal, make sure your address is up to date! Sam Heaven will not be held responsible for being provided with an incorrect address and you not receivng the package. If you need to change your address, please get in touch as quickly as possible with proof of your order to amend.

Full details of the journal are provided in the description and refunds will not be given, but you maybe eligible for a replacement journal, which will be determined at Sam Heaven's discretion. This does not affect your statutory rights.

If there is an issue with a lost or damaged parcel, please get in touch so a case can be raised with Royal Mail.

The price of £24.95 includes postage and packaging within the UK, and this is an introductory rate for a undetermined length of time. The price may go up or down.

Our Journal

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