I feel I am clear about the purpose of the LJ in R, that is so we can moderate the EYFSP. The format thus needs to be able to be clear to moderators/other practitioners. (Feel free to add/contradict this) However I now find I am in a position where I am called on to advise a nursery (0-5) about theirs, and I feel I am suddenly questioning the whys and wherefore. A huge amount of work seems to go into them by the practitioners, making them well presented; some parts are even typed up by a secretary. Although they say that they are aware of next steps feeding into planning/resourcing/environment, they are not present in the LJ, and they have even taken a box saying 'next step' off one format. They say that the children would end up with far too many next steps that would be unmanageable - fair point. But there is such a lag in the LJs being updated and the info being collected, because of the concern about presentation (and lets face it, I always had a pile of stuff to add to mine) that I am now questioning myself who the blooming things are for! Are they a working document, which may have scruffy notes in, or are they finished items to make a keepsake for the parents? Or for any other reason? Please help me clarify my thoughts! Don't get me wrong, the gathering of info and the obs we do are so useful in feeding into planning, but it is the format and the rationale of the LJ itself I am struggling with. Thanks for your expertise!