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What will better EYFS software do for you?

June 20, 2022

Is your current system good enough?

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  • Not all EYFS software is created equal - this piece breaks down the highly recommended features to look for and why you need them.
  • Having different paperwork, software, and spreadsheets just increases time (and patience) used up in admin - why not have it all in one place?
  • EYFS Software isn’t just for educators - take a look at how the right software can support parental partnerships at your setting too.

Just because your setting is using online software, doesn’t mean that children's development in your setting got any better.

Endless time spent on tablets using Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) trackers, useless charts, and complicated systems can all make you think it might have just been better if you’d stuck with paper.

But we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Famly is intuitive and simple to use, yet the flexibility and understanding that you get can have a real impact on the development of the children in your setting.

Let’s see why, shall we?

1. It will save you time

An online system to support you in working to the EYFS should be making the lives of your practitioners easier, allowing them to spend less time on their tablets and more time in the room with the children. Whether you call it a learning journey, an online journal, or an EYFS tracker,  you need to find a way to support progress, without getting in the way of it.

How does Famly do that?

Famly gives each practitioner their own login, and a section where they can go to see all of their observations. They can quickly take a photo or video on their tablet and make notes as a draft, even if they’re offline, letting them go back and type up the full observation when they’ve got the time.

Want to work on a laptop or other device instead? No problem, the draft will be saved across all devices, ready to be completed when a spare moment arises.

Most importantly, you only have to do things once. The observations will be automatically uploaded to each child’s learning journey. If you’ve added a ‘What’s next’ to inform how you’ll further support the child, that’s right there in the app.

This is exactly why the team at Coconut Day Nursery love using Famly to support children’s development. Read their story to find out more.

The features:
  • Observation drafts sync across devices, even if you’re offline
  • Personal profiles for each practitioner
  • Automatically updated learning journey
“It’s just easier for us to write observations because you don’t have to log into a different system and search through all these other bits and bobs that we don’t need. You can just do the observation right there and then.”
- Katie, Manager, Coconut Day Nursery

2. You can get parents truly involved

Famly is there to help you understand where every child is with their development, alongside the in-depth knowledge of your practitioners, without the need for outdated EYFS trackers, ticking off statements, or long, complicated assessments. But to get a complete picture of their child's progress, parents need to be heavily involved in the process too.

How does Famly do that?

The thing with paper learning journeys, or clunky online, data-heavy EYFS trackers, is that parents just don’t engage with them.

With Famly, parents get notifications straight to the Parent Portal every time they upload a new observation. That means they’ll actually get to see every wow moment throughout the day, and understand all the hard work you’re putting in with their little ones

They can even upload their own observations from home and update the child’s profile with the child’s latest interests and other information, giving you the full picture of each child’s development.

The features:
  • Learning journeys in every parent’s pocket
  • Parent observations for wow moments at home
  • Observations sent to parents in real-time


3. You can plan with confidence

As a manager, you need to get a proper overview that you can trust, giving the right understanding to plan and prepare your setting in the right way.

How does Famly do that?

Famly pulls the seven areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for you to add to child observations. Customisable assessments can be viewed in an easy to understand table, giving you a quick overview of where a child is really shining, or where they might need a bit more support.

There’s also a simple overview of every observation’s most recent ‘What’s next’, allowing you to plan activities and resources that will follow every child’s interests and development carefully.

No more messy documents, highlighted boxes in EYFS trackers, or crumpled up cohort sheets. Instead, get all the data you need to help your children develop, right at your fingertips.

The features:
  • Overview of your customisable assessments
  • Fully flexible filtering
  • 'What’s next?' overview to support practitioners’ planning


4. It will be completely flexible

We know that no two nurseries are the same. Your software should work the way you do, rather than forcing you to change because it can’t accommodate how you like to do things.

How does Famly do that?

However you like to record and track children's development, Famly has an answer.

If you like to keep assessments simple, that’s fine by us. If you want to use our preset assessment options, designed in conjunction with the teams behind Development Matters and Birth to 5 Matters, then that’s cool too. We’ve built a system that is flexible enough to work the way you do.

That goes for the drafts feature too, allowing your practitioners to work on drafts in the moment and complete them later. We also have a review system in the app, meaning that if you like to check your observations before they go out to parents, there’s one place for you to manage that too.

The features:
  • Optional review system for observations
  • Drafts to suit your daily workflow
  • Support Development Matters assessments
“Everyone here absolutely loves the Child Development features and has really engaged with it right away. It’s had a really positive impact on planning and adding ever more structure to our activities.”
- Josh Hawthorne, Manager, Sunshine Day Nursery


5. You can keep everything in one place

One problem with software is that it doesn’t always do the whole lot. Instead, you have one software for one task, paper for another, and spreadsheets for a third. Adding another piece of software to the pile doesn’t always feel like the most efficient way to go…

How does Famly do that?

Famly is so much more than child development. It’s a highly recommended nursery management system and the only tool that brings everything that you need to run your nursery into one place.

That means staff management. That means invoices and reporting. It means parent communication, daily activity feed and so much more.

No longer will you have to switch between apps, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) trackers, or expect parents to log in to loads of different systems. Instead, you’ll have one place to go no matter what you need.

The features:
  • All your nursery admin under one roof
  • Parent Portal: communication, invoices and learning journeys
  • An all-in-one child development software

The big ideas

Official Danish Government Reopening Advice

Guidance from the Danish Health Ministry, translated in full to English.

Picture of a Guidance document
UK Nursery Covid-19 Response Group Recommendations

The full recommendations from a working group of over 70 nursery chains in the UK.

Please note: here at Famly we love sharing creative activities for you to try with the children at your setting, but you know them best. Take the time to consider adaptions you might need to make so these activities are accessible and developmentally appropriate for the children you work with. Just as you ordinarily would, conduct risk assessments for your children and your setting before undertaking new activities, and ensure you and your staff are following your own health and safety guidelines.

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