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I have been waiting for a learning journey to be returned, despite almost daily nagging, since the end of November :angry: :angry: :angry: . The parent is full of promises but it never seems to materialise!

The next report is due at the end of this month! Not sure what to do - any thoughts?

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I had this not long ago, had to start a new one :-( so annoying as so much time and effort goes into them but we have only ever had one lost at home so we do still send them and the parents love them! I would maybe offer to pop and collect or just ask outright if they have lost it!

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There is absolutely no way I will be doing a new learning journey! :o:ph34r: The most I am prepared to do is to save observations and put them in a folder. This has never happened with any other parents, but there are many issues with the parent in question and she has to be constantly chased for the return of the learning journey - every time. :angry:

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I had one parent who kept saying she would return it, she had signed it out as it was the way we kept a record of which parents still had them, I refused to make a new one so did keep the observations etc in a folder .

Then a member of staff suggested that s she was not returning it maybe we should give her an envelope full of observations to put in herself.. so we told mum of our intention to give her all the information to put in as we could not do it.. and showed her a huge pile of bits collected.. the file was returned next day...

That was the point when we stopped them going out of the setting.. we always had to chase several and always one did not return for months.. they were very welcome to come into the setting to look any time but not to remove them.

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I don't know how you create their Learning journeys as everyone is a bit different, I just started a new one from that point as if the child just started with photos, observations etc from then on going in, I didn't backdate or redo anything already done and wrote it in that the parents had failed to return!

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We have stopped sending them home. We invite parents to look at them within the nursery now. We have had several get lost. The worst one was that I once sent a folder home over Christmas and the families house caught fire - the parent was devastated about the loss of the learning journey as her little boy had been with us since 3 months old and it was full of photos and special observations. I did my best to save what I could for her in that instance but if it was simply lost then I would just carry on from that point - I wouldn't back date anything

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one of my journals went missing a year or so ago, I started again, and hope that it does not get lost again. I suppose if it does not come back again that I will just produce the work from this point, making sure that in the summer when the child goes to reception that I have the terms before to send with her. Its annoying when you work on them for hours and the parents don't seemt to care.

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I send my Learning Journey folders home and will continue to do so - my parents add the most wonderful and extremly useful comments to them

To date we have never lost one - but if we did - I would consider it 'their's to lose' - yes i would be very disappointed, but I would start again from when it was lost......

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We created a parental agreement with parents that they sign to say they will return. Since we introduced this it seems to have worked. Parents also sign them in and out. It's a hard one when they don't return them.

We do the same, well did, started using Tapestry this term. Our agreement also states that if parent loses the file they understand it can't be replaced, all progress documents (apart from development matters statements) are kept separate from file, although still shared with parent. This way if file is / was lost we still had a picture of the child's progress.

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The learning journeys are cofidential documents and we do not allow anyone to take them off the premises. You should probably enforce this to avoid it happening again! I hope it gets resolved

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Hmmm - I need to take issue with this - 'confidential documents' - we are talking about parents taking their own children's Learning Journey folders.........

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I'm with Sunnyday on this - perhaps it is peculiar to Kent, but we see ourselves as custodians of the Learning Journey not the owners, that is the parents - they may do as they wish with them. If they lose them that's their loss. We would pick up where we left off and begin a new Learning Journey, not replicate from beginning - that would be impossible. Any really sensitive information should not be kept in them. They are confidential inasmuch as I wouldn't leave them lying around for anyone to pick up and browse through.

 

Ofsted like them all to be on the premises in case they wish to see them during an inspection to check they are reflecting what is happening in the child's life and that next steps are being followed. The way things are staff do to take them home to work on overnight as there is no time during work and we are a pack away so cannot stay on afterwards. Everybody takes as much care of them as they can, we have only ever lost one and that was down to me - we do not know what happened but we believe it slid off of the desk and went straight into the flip top bin (which has now been moved!!) and just wasn't noticed by anyone.

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