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Old 12-06-2016, 07:05 AM
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Default Daily Report Apps That Do Not Charge Monthly???

What do you use?

I loved Tadpoles but do not want to pay a monthly fee per child for using it.
I tried Brightwheel once and am not crazy about it being in real-time, I prefer to just send it to parents at the end of the day.

Are there any other apps like these that do not charge a monthly fee? I don't mind paying a few dollars for the app up front (but would prefer if parents do not have to).
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If you're just looking for a basic daily note app, I use Daily Note by Kaymbu. The free version is just the daily note (nap, toileting, meals, notes, supplies needed, etc) and no photos. There is a full version that has more options but there is a fee. I like it because it's easy to use and saves me ink and paper, and I post pictures on my Facebook and website.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:05 AM
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I use brightwheel and just tell the parents that I don't do the real time. I update at nap and give approximate times and they are fine with that. I think they actually like that I'm with their kids instead of updating the app
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:40 AM
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I use brightwheel and just tell the parents that I don't do the real time. I update at nap and give approximate times and they are fine with that. I think they actually like that I'm with their kids instead of updating the app
This.

I don't update in real time. I don't HAVE the time. I LOVE that I can do 'mass updates' eg. played outside, check everyone, click the time, upload a picture, done.

Sometimes I can update it, or get more personal, which I love.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:51 AM
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Same here re: Brightwheel. I do update in real time for dcks up to 12 months. But I usually only have 1 of those at a time, max 2.
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I use brightwheel and just tell the parents that I don't do the real time. I update at nap and give approximate times and they are fine with that. I think they actually like that I'm with their kids instead of updating the app
This is how I feel - wouldn't you rather me with your child than worrying about updating an app but I feel like parents will be checking it all day and wondering why I'm not updating it. I loved that Tadpoles sent via email once I checked the kids out for the day. No app for the parents to check (well there is one but they don't need to use it), everyone seems to check their email so it was great. But I am not paying $200/yr for the darn thing!!
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I guess I will give brightwheel another shot, only used it for a day or two last time but just preferred some of the Tadpoles features more so stuck with that one but now I can't enter it without paying.
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I can't use tadpole because I don't have an ios, so I use brightwheel. After 8+ years of paper reports I decided to try it out. I have been using it for about 2 months now and I like it more and more! I try to do updates "real time" but I have told parents that's not always possible and they're ok with it. I love that they CAN check throughout the day though. Usually for first time dcp I used to text a few pictures the first day, and now I don't have to worry about that I can just do it all together. I also like that if I put a note in there they can see it right away (or a message) I updated a little girls last week saying she was getting a cough, mom messaged me within 20 and offered to come get her! (Ok, I think mom wanted an excuse to leave work, but works for me! lol)
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I use Daily Connect. There's a one-time $5 to buy the app but after that it's free. (The desktop version is totally free but isn't as "pretty" as the app.) I LOVE it! You can do mass updates, and customize each child's page to record what you want. My parents like it too - I can tell they check it during the day.
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