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The Foundation Phase is the statutory curriculum for all 3 to 7 year olds in Wales. The EYFP has seven areas of learning:
Personal and social development, well-being, and cultural diversity
Language, literacy and communication skills
Welsh language development
Knowledge and understanding of the world
You can make observations in Famly and link them to the outcomes of the Foundation Phase Profile
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.
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 EYFP
When making an observation, click on the 'eye' icon at the bottom of the text box to add links to the EYFP. When you click on the icon, a new screen will open (as below), 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.
You can view next steps from the Child Development app. Learn more about Next Steps below:
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.
"The Foundation Phase curriculum promotes equality of opportunity and values, and celebrates diversity. Positive partnerships with the home are fostered and an appreciation of parents/carers being the children’s first educators is recognised."
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 EYFP statements, request changes, take ownership if necessary, or write a comment back to parents. If you request changes, the parent will receive a notification.