The Newsfeed

The Newsfeed is your setting's virtual bulletin board. Sending posts to the Newsfeed is an easy way of keeping parents or staff informed about what is going on in your setting. A post gives you the opportunity to write a short message and add pictures, video or documents.

Simply log in to the app, click on Home (indicated by the house icon) and then select Newsfeed from the menu.

Creating a new post

  • Start by selecting who you want to send the post as, in the white box at the top of the screen. You can choose:

    • yourself (you cannot post as another member of staff)

    • a room/group

    • or as the setting itself

  • Next, select your recipients- who you want to send the post to.
    This is key if you want to share a photo with a specific child's parents, send a reminder about a trip to all the parents of one room, or share some photos of an event with the whole setting. Select as many recipients as you want, by clicking on their name.

    You may notice that the name of a room appears twice - that's because you can select children and staff separately.

Adding an attachment

The largest area of the post is where you can write your message, and below that you will find the Upload button. Here you can attach:

  • a picture (a photo, or a scanned drawing or painting, for example)

  • videos

  • documents

  • multiple pictures, to create a photo gallery.

Adding an Activity from the Activity Library

To find out about adding an activity from the Activity Library to your Newsfeed, you can visit the Activity Library article below:

Starting a Famly Live session

To find out about starting a Famly Live session on your News feed, you can visit the 'Famly Live' article below:

Famly saves a draft and stores it in the icon in the upper right corner of the post box, in case you get interrupted when writing a post. When you have time, go back and find the draft, finish your post and send it by pressing the ‘Send’ button.

Bookmarking a post on the News feed

It is possible to bookmark certain posts if you would like them to be easily accessible. This might be your favourite posts, or ones which you wish to view frequently.

You could, for example, request parents bookmark a post about a certain policy, to refer back to later.

To bookmark a post,

  • Click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the post

  • Select the star icon or 'Bookmark' from the drop-down menu

  • You are able to un-star it at any point to remove the bookmark.

Bookmarks are all stored in the same place, at the left hand corner of the News feed screen. Click 'My News' and select 'Bookmarks' from the drop-down menu. This is also were you can switch between settings if you are part of an organisation.

Changing permissions on a post

You can choose if you want to disable the possibility of parents commenting on your post. You do this by clicking the three dots ( · · · ) next to the send button. These don't appear until you've written something in the text field.

Controlling which names are seen in your News feed

The privacy and safety of your children and families is your highest priority, so you can control how names are shown in the News feed, the likes, and the comments. To do this:

  • Log in to Famly and click on Settings

  • Select Communication, then News feed. A new window will open (as below)
    Employees with the ‘Manage enabling/disabling features’ permission can make these changes.

  • You can choose between:

    • The full name of the parent/carer and the first name of the child

    • The first name of parent/carer and the first name of the child

    • The first name of the parent/carer and no child information

    • Additionally, you can choose whether the child’s room is shown or not.

  • Click 'Save changes'

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