Pre-birth to three

'Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families' is national guidance, to support and inform practice across Scotland for those working with children and families. This guidance is underpinned by the values and principles of Getting it right for every child and comprises of four pillars:

  • Rights of the child

  • Relationships

  • Responsive care

  • Respect

You can make observations in Famly and link them to these 'Four Key Principles for Best Starts and Positive Outcomes'

The Curriculum for Excellence

The curriculum for Excellence is Scotland's curriculum. There are eight areas of learning:

  • Expressive arts

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Languages (including English, Gaidhlig, Gaelic learners and modern languages)

  • Mathematics

  • Religious and moral education

  • Sciences

  • Social studies

  • Technologies.

Literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing are recognised as being particularly important.

You can make observations in Famly and link them to the Experiences and Outcomes and of the CfE

GIRFEC- Getting It Right For Every Child

GIRFEC is an initiative in Scotland to support families in making sure children and young people can receive the right help, at the right time, from the right people. The aim is to help them to grow up feeling loved, safe and respected so that they can realise their full potential. GIRFEC asserts that at home, in school, or the wider community, every child and young person should be:

  • Safe

  • Healthy

  • Achieving

  • Nurtured

  • Active

  • Respected

  • Responsible

  • Included

You can make observations in Famly and link them to the GIRFEC Wellbeing Indicators


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.


Make an Observation

Observations are used to record development, interest, experiences, and achievement, and create an overall picture of the children in your care. to create an observation:

  • Log in to the app and go to the News feed

  • In the top box, next to 'Post' you will see 'Observation' - click on this tab

  • Search for the child or children you are observing in the 'To:' box.
    *If you create a group observation, please note that any future edits made to the observation will be reflected in the observation for all of the children. You are not able to remove a child from the observation after it has been sent without deleting the observation completely.

  • You have the option to upload a photo, video, or document.

  • You can also add 'Next steps' in the bottom box

Adding links to the Scottish frameworks

When making an observation, click on the 'eye' icon at the bottom of the text box to add links to the framework you choose. When you click on the icon, a new screen will open, where you can select the appropriate links. Once you have selected the statements, click 'Send' to either post directly or send for review.

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


Next Steps

You can view next steps from the Child Development app. Learn more about Next Steps below:


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.


Notifications about observations

Staff and managers will receive notifications in Famly based on the following rules:

  • A notification is sent to the staff member who wrote an observation when a manager requests changes (having sent the observation for review)

  • A notification is sent to the manager when a staff member updates an observation in review

  • A notification is sent to the staff member when an observation is sent (approved) by a manager

  • A notification is sent to the staff member who created the observation when the child's parents comment on it.


Parents and Observations

To promote great partnership with parents, it is possible for parents to add their own observations to their child's Journey.


Parents are guided through creating in-app observations in their own help centre article on observations

Parent observations are sent to be reviewed by management before they are posted. Setting staff will see the observation in the Child Development app and can add links to statements, request changes, take ownership if necessary, or write a comment back to parents. If you request changes, the parent will receive a notification.

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