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Old 01-01-2021, 02:24 PM
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As many of you know, I'm never willy nilly when it comes to advertisers. I turn down most if I do not believe the product is advantageous to our businesses.

I accepted Sproutary for their Daycare management software options. Take a look and see if their product is a something that may help you. https://www.sproutary.com/
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Old 01-01-2021, 02:34 PM
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It looks fairly easy to use..
I have a few questions that I messaged the about but it looks easy enough to use so I might give it a try!
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Old 01-01-2021, 02:38 PM
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Would be interesting to get your take on it. Many here respect your opinion. I noticed that there is an email address for questions and also a chat box. It would be interesting to see if they actually chat on New Years Day.
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Old 01-02-2021, 07:53 AM
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Would be interesting to get your take on it. Many here respect your opinion. I noticed that there is an email address for questions and also a chat box. It would be interesting to see if they actually chat on New Years Day.
Iíll try them out and I will definitely give a review!
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Old 01-01-2021, 07:05 PM
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Thanks for accepting us as an advertiser! I'm the founder and happy to answer any questions.

I actually just missed someone on live chat as I was doing the dishes Happy new year!
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Old 01-01-2021, 09:57 PM
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@erichelgeson

One of my biggest things with apps is not being family home care friendly but based on center or preschool needs. How family home friendly is this?

Example one app that I tested wanted me to create class for each age group and assign a teacher.

Another question is privacy, how much info can other families see about each other?

Example another app I tried allowed parents to see other parents info, photos and when they were no longer connected to the app.
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Old 01-02-2021, 08:00 AM
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Hi @284878

I'll say in general you're right - most industry daycare apps are focused on the daycare centers market. That being said we do have a few home daycares and work with them to make sure it fits their specific needs. Our smallest customer has 7 "sprouts" (what we call kids in our system) and our largest has 26 locations they manage with over 2000.

In general we allow you to manage your families, classrooms, etc however you want. It's your business, so the layout should meet your needs.

I'm a pretty big privacy buff - and I carry that into the design of Sproutary. Families only see their data, but you can of course share updates, photos, etc to the entire location too. As a parent of four - I'd not want other families to see photos of my child after they're no longer at our location.

If you're curious I'd encourage you to sign up for the trial and check it out! Even if it's not for you right now I'd love to get your perspective. We are customer driven - we listen and take their needs seriously.
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Old 01-02-2021, 11:43 AM
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I'm currently using Daily Connect, and I do like it, however there's a couple things I miss from when I was using Brightwheel.
1)The ability to have employees clock in and manage the app as well.
2) Being able to upload more than one picture at a time.

I see that it allows employee clock in (yay!) but does it allow more than one picture uploaded at a time?
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Old 01-02-2021, 01:49 PM
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Hi Pandaluver21

Employee time cards was one of the first features we added. Our center was using manual paper punch clock/cards for employees and children and it was such a hassle.
Now she just runs a report and sends it to her accountant each week.

Multiple photo uploads? Currently no, but we'll add it in this week (and I'll report back here when it's done).

We're here to get your feedback make it the easiest and most useful for you.
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Old 01-02-2021, 04:50 PM
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@Eric

I like it so far, it has a clean look, easy to use...

I created a child care account and a parent account to see the difference.

1. Love the allergy list and vaccines, easy to use but your allergy list needs more items, or at least SOY added and a other box (I have a kid that can not have beans, peas, and lentils along with soy and nuts), and a check all box for the vaccines would be nice when entering a new child.

2. I love that instead of deleting a family I could achieve them, but the delete option did not tell how to achieve or where to go to do that. Will achieving the child remove the parent from logging in and can you achieve a child as they age out? (or in my case the foster kids unenroll but the bio child stays)

3. I would like to personalize the message to the families for them to sign up. (I do not do pictures at all unless it is for my records, so I would not want parents to expect them) but that is not a deal-breaker.

4. I like that I can have each child scheduled at a different time. All my kids have different schedules.

5. Chatbox is great but since I do not see an app in the app store. My tablet is a kindle fire, is this kindle friendly?

6. Easy check-in and out but no check-in on parents screen, this might be common but currently... My covid policy is that they text me (pick up or drop off) from outside to check in the kids, so I need something they can use from their phone.

7. I could not enter an employee, I got an error 500. I tried a few times.

8. Love the variety of reports. I was able to test most of them.

9. Would you consider adding a note section for each child that only the employees/owner can see? Like anecdotal notes? Or maybe a calendar that we could add notes too. (X was sent home sick today, M was a no show, T will be absent on x day, P had a temp of xx at snack, H slept longer than normal, W had a bruise on his check at arrival, Z pushed S down, K is teething, J threw a fight at circle time...) Having a way to add notes will be a selling point for me.

10. Would you consider adding a weekly schedule/calendar? (theme, letter, color, shape... of the week.)

11. I could not find a way to assign a pin to the family, I even in the parent account. Am I missing something?

12. I see the cost for this app is $1 per kid for the month. I currently have 6 kids, all part-time and 1 starting soon. So my cost would be $6/7 a month? What would be the cost of using the payment option?

13. Like I said I have never found an app that fits my needs. My church uses a program called Breeze (I was part of the team that voted to us it) and if they did a child care app, I would be first in line. One feature that they have that I love is being able to create forms. Any thoughts on adding that to your app? I would love to be able to have a covid check-in form that would have to be completed in order to check-in.

14. If there is an issue with the network on your end or mine, is there a way to correct a child's check-in or out time?

15. Do the parents have to create an account to receive messages that I would send out like the daily reports?

In closing, I would recommend this App for its features and ease of use.
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Old 01-03-2021, 12:07 PM
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The page looks great and I'm very interested! My one concern is health and incident reports. I'm currently using procare but have also used Brightwheel. The number one thing I use most often is incident reports. So and so bumped their head; baby has a temp; child was bit on the arm; etc. I need something that allows me to log it in, attach photos, send a notice to the parent in real time, and also allow me later go in and print it out for each child so I have it to put in files. Both Procare and Brightwheel have something like this, but both were lacking the whole shebang. I would totally be willing to pay $2 a kid if it meant I could organize the hazardous lives of toddlers in a way that parents are promptly updated and notified and my licensor has the hard copies she desires.
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Old 01-03-2021, 03:27 PM
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Hi InTheNest,

I really like that idea of adding the ability in our activity feed to start an incident report for the child. I mentioned above but child documents (such as IDP, incidents, etc) will be here in Q1. Thanks for the feedback on that!

We have had a lot of customers switch from using both procare and brightwheel to us - saving them quite a bit. We're here to be the "whole shebang"!

On pricing - we know we're the lowest cost and have seen other raise prices on their existing customers. Just want to assure everyone that if we ever felt the need to change our price it would never apply to current customers.

Starting 2021 off great with this thread. Keep the feedback coming!
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Old 01-04-2021, 12:11 PM
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So I created a parent and teacher account to check it out. I'm having a bit of a hard time figuring out how to use it. I found "daily reports" but I'm not sure how to input their daily activities. I assume I'm missing something!

Also, is there no-touch sign in (QR code) if so, how to I enable it?
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Old 01-04-2021, 12:21 PM
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So I created a parent and teacher account to check it out. I'm having a bit of a hard time figuring out how to use it. I found "daily reports" but I'm not sure how to input their daily activities. I assume I'm missing something!

Also, is there no-touch sign in (QR code) if so, how to I enable it?
After you check in a child, click attendance (I think) and in the lower right hand corner there is a plus to add what the kid did. Then the parent will receive a message.

I liked the ease of this but I tend to enter info during downtime for me and not when it happens.
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After you check in a child, click attendance (I think) and in the lower right hand corner there is a plus to add what the kid did. Then the parent will receive a message.

I liked the ease of this but I tend to enter info during downtime for me and not when it happens.
Found it under messages, thank you
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