The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is statutory guidance for early years providers. The EYFS framework:

  • sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well

  • ensures children are kept healthy and safe

  • ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school- EYFS 2021

In the EYFS, there are seven areas of learning. The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language

  • physical development

  • personal, social and emotional development

  • literacy

  • mathematics

  • understanding the world

  • expressive arts and design


There are only three mandatory assessments in the EYFS framework:

Progress check at age two
When a child is aged between two and three, you or the child's health visitor must review their progress, and provide parents with a short written summary of their

child’s development in the prime areas of learning (communication and language, physical development, and personal, social, and emotional development).- EYFS 2021

Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)
The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a short assessment, taken in the

first six weeks in which a child starts reception- EYFS 2021

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)
Each child’s level of development must be assessed against the early learning goals Practitioners must indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’). This is shared with the child's year 1 teacher, and their parents.

Enabling staff to use the Child Development app

Before staff are able to make observations and assessments, you must give them Child Development related permission in the app. To do this:

  • Log in to the app and click on 'Get started'

  • Click on 'Staff', then 'Manage Roles'

  • Scroll down to the 'Child Development permissions' section.

Manage observations

If you would like staff to be able to create observations/assessments, but require them to be sent for review before they are posted, check the first box 'Manage observations' only. This first box must be checked in order to use any of the Child Development features.

Review and send observations

If you would like staff to also be able to review and send the observations, check the second box 'Review and send observations'. This also allows staff to post directly to the parents, without review.

Access to basic child and employee info

In order to use the Child Development features, staff will also need the basic permission 'Access to basic child and employee info', which is found higher up in the list of permissions.

Recording an assessment

Assessment is ongoing through your observations of the children in your care, however, you can also record summative assessments in Famly, to create a general snapshot of a child's current development.

The first record of an age-band refinement in an assessment will be saved as the child's baseline. This record can then be used as a comparison in the future.

To make an assessment, follow these steps:

  • From the 'Journey' tab of the child's profile , select 'New'

  • Select 'Assessment' from the drop-down menu

  • Enter your assessment in the text field.
    Drafts are saved automatically should you be called away

  • Go through the areas of learning and select the correct age band and refinement ('emerging', 'developing' or 'secure'). Any previously recorded assessment and observation information can be seen by clicking on the eye icon. The % progress in an age band will also appear in the drop down box, and this can be used for informational guidance

  • You can add a photo, video or document by clicking 'Upload'

  • Click 'Send for review' if this assessment needs to be reviewed by a colleague in the Child Development app, or 'Post directly' if you'd like it to be appear on the child's journey and sent to the parents immediately

Please note: When clicking Assessment, you will be asked to select an age band and refinement (emerging, developing, secure). You will not have the option to select specific statements.

Progress check at age 2

You can complete the progress check for 2-year-olds in Famly (this can only be done once per child). To do this:

  • From the 'Journey' tab of the child's profile , select 'New'

  • Select 'Two year check' from the drop-down menu

  • Enter your assessment in the text fields.
    Drafts are saved automatically should you be called away

Two year checks are structurally very similar to Assessments. Once a 2 year check has been created it will appear as a fixed box in the child's learning journey and can also be found in the 'Overview' of the 'Child Development' app. If a 2-year check has been sent for review, another 2-year check cannot be started.

The Journey tab

The Journey tab is where you'll find all Assessments and Observations made about a child, in chronological order. Learn more about the Journey tab here:

Bringing children 'Up to Speed'

If you have moved over to the new version of Child Development, you will no longer be using statement-based tracking. This means that this feature will not be available.

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.


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