Child Development in Famly Free

Child Development in Famly Free includes a number of features, such as:

  • Assessments, Observations & Two-Year Checks

  • Learning Journeys and Up-to-Speed records

  • Progress Tracking and Exports

You can access the Child Development App in the Apps section. You will automatically land on the Overview page (as below)

  • Here you will see either a list of your observations, assessments and 2-year checks.

  • When viewing all observations you can filter by type, observation status, author and key person.


Recording an assessment about a child

An assessment is a general snapshot of a child's current status and allows you to record overall Age Band Progress as Emerging, Developing or Secured. To create an assessment:

  • Log in to the app and go to the profile of the child for whom you're making the assessment

  • Click on the Journey tab and Click 'New'

  • Click 'Assessment' from the drop-down menu

  • A new screen will open (as below) where you will be asked to enter age band the child is working in and refinements (emerging, developing, secure). You can add a statement and photos or other documents, if you wish.


Make an Observation about a child

Making observations of children's learning or experiences helps you under stand their overall development and plan their provision better. To make an observation:

  • Log in to the app and go to the profile of the child for whom you're making the observation

  • Click on the Journey tab and Click 'New'

  • Click 'Observation' from the drop-down menu

  • A new window will open (as below)

  • You write what you have observed in the top text box, and can add photos or other evidence with the 'Upload' button.

  • You can link what you have observed with your curriculum, by clicking on the 'eye' icon

  • When you have finished, click 'Send'

  • The observations will now appear on the staff member and child's newsfeed, in the child's Journey tab on their profile, and in the Child Development app.

  • Observations can be edited/deleted from the Newsfeed of the staff member that initially created the observation and the Child's Learning Journey.


Performing a Two-Year check

In Famly you have the option to add a two-year check for a child. These can only be done once for each child. You add them from the same drop down menu where you create an observation or assessment from the child's learning journey, just click 'two year check' instead.

The two year check is laid out like Assessments, however they allow you to add a comment to each area of learning. Once this has been created it will appear as a fixed box in the child's learning journey.


The Journey tab

All Assessments, Observations and Two-Year checks made for a child will appear in the Journey tab of their profile, in chronological order. In addition to this, we've added a summary that summarises progress in each area. By clicking 'Details', you can see the detailed breakdown of each subarea either by detailed progress (links) or overall for age band (refinements). The detailed summary page has now been optimised for better printing using File Print, command + p or control + p.


Bringing children 'Up to Speed'

The 'Up to Speed' feature, allows you to mark all statements as 'achieved'. To do this:

  • On the Journey tab of the child's profile, click on the 'Details' button, to the bottom left of the page. you'll find it underneath their 'Tracking' panel

  • A new window will open (as below) with that child's tracking data (refinement-based and statement-based)

  • Click on the Area of learning and age band you wish to mark as achieved and click 'Bring up to speed'

You can also do this through the 'Progress Report' in the Child Development app. Simply select the Sub-area and Age you'd like the child to have completed all progress up to, and then click 'Bring up to speed' (as above). The child will then have completed 100% of the statements up to and including this age band.

If you record an up to speed incorrectly you can remove it by going into the Child Development App, landing on the overview page. From the type drop down menu select Up to Speed.


Next Steps

You can also view all the children's next steps from the Child Development App. Here you can find a list of the different Next Steps entered on Assessments and Observations. You can filter the next steps by:

  • child

  • key person

  • room

  • made after date


Progress Report

Statement-based tracking

The progress report is the third tab in the Child Development app. The default view of the progress report is by Statement-based tracking- this is a summary of each child's development based on the statements linked to observations. You can break this view down by:

  • Entering a 'Progress as of' date which will show all observations posted after that point.

  • Gender

  • Cohorts (Tags)

  • Key Workers

Clicking into each subarea box shows you a detailed breakdown. Here you will be able to see:

  • the subarea title

  • the links that have been checked

  • the age band they were checked in

  • the date they were checked.

The Age Band that is shown is the youngest incomplete Age Band, or youngest complete (100%) if they have not started on another older age band.

Areas that the children are 2 or more age bands ahead of expected progress will be shaded in blue, those that are 2 or more age bands behind will be shaded in red.

Refinement-based tracking

You can also view progress by Refinement-based tracking - this takes only Age band refinement records (normally done in assessments) into account and reports on the Emerging (grey), Developing (light green) and Secured (dark green) areas of development. You can view refinement-based tracking:

  • as of a certain date

  • as a comparison between certain dates,

  • as progress made since the initial baseline- the first assessment or observation recorded in which you chose emerging, developing or secured for any age band. Points are given in accordance with the level of progress made.

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