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Pretty much does what it says on the tin. There are various different tools that do slightly different things, but they’re all about keeping your organisation, planning and communication in one place.
They’re particularly useful for part-time staff. These tools reduce the never-ending back and forth that comes with trying to fit staffing around holiday, differing schedules and ratios.
As well as being an EYFS requirement, parental partnerships support children's wellbeing and inform their care. Plus, parents want to celebrate their child's learning and achievement as much as you love to share it, so why not make it easy?
Daily diaries and paper sheets often spend a lot of time going to and from early years settings in backpacks and not a lot of time being read. If parents are missing important updates on your notice board, or not reading the emails you send, it's time to try another way.
Send documents back and forth with other people in your team, without having to endlessly email or worry whether you’re working on the latest draft.
Whether you’re creating documents for parents, sending out a rota, or sharing key data and figures with your team, these services will help you share easily, and keep everything safe just where you need it.
Systems range hugely in terms of features, price and quality, but most are about ensuring that you have everything you need all in one place. They can help speed up invoicing, registration, observations, occupancy control, optimise enquiries and registration – the list is endless.
OK, so we know we might be a little biased on this one. But with every month, more and more nurseries are choosing to take their nursery digital. The software available is leaps and bounds from where it was even a year or two ago, and these more user-friendly systems can genuinely save you hours every single day.
Instead of posting the same thing to different social media platforms, just make one post and share it across the different platforms with a click. You can even schedule posts to go out later, respond to messages, and see how many people have seen your posts.
Part of an effective marketing strategy for any nursery is using social media to talk to parents, both prospective and existing. Being able to schedule all of your posts in one, easy-to-use format can help save countless wasted hours.
Keep all of your notes, to-do lists and reminders in one place. Even better, they sync across devices. So if you make a note on your computer, it will show up on your phone. Nice.
Are you a post-it note addict? I know I am. But when you lose that crucial parent phone number or spend hours searching through your twenty notebooks to find that lesson plan, it can all start to get a little…inconvenient.
Gone are the days of pages of hand-written EYFS reports, highlighted tracking sheets, and heavy learning journals full of pages and pages of observations. Recording children's learning and achievement digitally makes life easier for your practitioners, and makes sharing with parents more streamlined.
With the new 2021 EYFS, we celebrated the reduction of the amount of paperwork practitioners were expected to produce. A digital system supports this by providing the framework for staff to easily record meaningful observations, so they can get straight back to interacting with the children.
Helps you manage your money. Taxes, receipts, invoicing, accounting, direct debits. If you’re handling money, you’re probably going to want something to help you with it.
To keep track of revenue, and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. If you want to improve your profitability, it’s going to be key to be on top of everything.
Everything from ironing out those common grammar and spelling mistakes, to helping you communicate in simple, readable language.
Reports, observations, messaging staff, communicating with parents – it all matters how you write. Keeping your writing clear and free of spelling mistakes is crucial to making your business look professional.
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.