Feature Spotlight
Child Development

Saving your staff time with their observations.

It’s time to say goodbye to cutting and sticking.

It’s time to say goodbye to wasted staff time.

And it’s time to say goodbye to using a different system every time you do a different task in your nursery.

This is Child Development from Famly, including observations, learning journals, cohort tracking and more. All the features you need, all within the same system that you use to help run your nursery every day.

Let’s take a little peek inside shall we?

1. Learning Journals

There’s no doubt that learning journeys are an invaluable resource for practitioners and a wonderful way to showcase a child’s development to both parents and the children themselves. But must they take so long?

Not anymore.


Created from observations and assessments.


Make baseline or regular assessments.

2-year checks

Add 2-year checks to a child’s learning journal.

Fully printable

Auto-generate and customise printable journals.

What is it?

Famly’s beautiful learning journals are automatically generated from all the observations your practitioners make on a child, along with their assessments and 2-year checks.

Both you and parents can see this within each child’s profile, and you even have a short summary of each child’s progress – for your eyes only! When it’s time for the child to leave your setting, you can even print off a readymade book of the child’s whole journey to send off with them.

What will it do?

This is all about saving you time and helping you to engage the parents.

Having the learning journals in one, easy to access place should help parents to stay involved with their child’s development. The automatic upload is all about keeping things simpler and easier for you.

2. Observations

Observations are the cornerstone of child development in the early years. That’s why we’ve built a system that helps you to make the best observations you can, the way you like doing them.

Make drafts

Make notes now and finish the observation later.


Link to EYFS, EYFP, CfE and CoEL with a click.

Parent input

Parents can send observations from home.

Next steps

Add next steps to individual observations.

What is it?

Capturing observations in the moment matters. You can quickly link photos and videos to an observation, tag the child, and add links to a variety of frameworks, all within seconds. We support the English, Welsh and Scottish frameworks – and CoEL too.

Once you’ve written up the observation and added some next steps, the observation can be sent straight to parents or off for review. Meanwhile, the observations will automatically be uploaded to the child’s learning journey and the data collected in the cohort tracking.

What will it do?

The parents will find these observations in the same place that you send them messages, invoices, and daily diaries – making sure they’re actually getting seen.

By automatically uploading the observations to learning journals and progress reports, you should be saving hours on manually updating spreadsheets and workbooks too.

3. Overview and Review

How do you like to keep on top of the observations your practitioners are making at your setting? Whatever it is, we’ve got the tools to give you a helping hand.


Simply review and approve observations.


View recent observations or apply filters.

Next steps

Plan better with a view of all next steps.

What is it?

Perhaps all practitioners at your setting are able to send out observations unedited. You can do that with Famly.

Perhaps you like to have a manager or senior member of staff review every observation before it goes out? Good news. You can do that too.

Or maybe you want to give different staff different permissions. Some can send observations immediately, others need to send their observations for review. Well, we’ve got you covered for that as well.

You can also see an overview of all observations and all next steps, which you can filter in various ways to get the overview you need.

What will it do?

At the end of the day, these tools are all about producing better observations.

Observations are the very foundation of your development tracking, and these tools can help you make sure they’re all of the highest quality.

4. Cohort tracking and progress reports

We know that observations are really just the starting point. Once you have all this information, it’s crucial to start assessing and planning to make sure that you’re providing the perfect learning environment for every child.

Track cohorts

Make custom cohorts and apply multiple filters.

See progress

Choose your date or compare to baselines.

Print reports

Ready-to-print learning journals and reports.

What is it?

Famly pulls together the data from your observations and assessments, before automatically compiling an overview of each child’s progression against the EYFS.

You can create and compare cohorts too, as well as filter by a variety of categories, including key person and gender. There’s also a whole variety of other comparison options so that you can get the overview you need, whatever that might be.

What will it do?

These progress reports should help to save you hours that could be spent manually collecting data. More importantly, it gives you the opportunity to see every child’s progress whenever you need to, not just because it’s ‘that time’ again.

See Famly for yourself
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