Between two settings in Hove, Michaela and one other Nursery Manager had to juggle the daily schedules and ratios for over 200 children and 60+ staff. They did this every morning, often using only pen and paper.
“You’d have to tally up all the children in the rooms, scribble in staff names next to the rooms, and divide up the numbers to make sure the ratios worked out,” she says. “And if a member of the team called in sick or if you moved a child around, you had to rework the ratios all over again.”
All this paperwork took time — and caused its fair share of headaches.
“While I was sorting through all these papers, I kept thinking, there’s got to be an easier way to do this,” Michaela says. “Then we got the Famly Staffing tool going.”
“Especially as our settings fully open back up, the Staffing tool makes it easy to schedule for a growing roster. New staff members fit in seamlessly, and when you book new children, they just automatically show up in the rooms. You don’t have to go back to rework those considerations at all, which is great. It saves me so much time.”
Put simply, the Staffing tool gives Michaela more time in her day for the things she cares most about. There’s less stress about lining up all the ratios, and more time to share stories with the children.
“I just find the idea of watching children grow up, and knowing you’ve helped them, so exciting. One day you’ll see them do something they’ve never done before, and you know you had a hand in that. I love it,” she says. “And the Staffing tool gives me more time I use to work with my team, too. The more I can help them learn new ways of doing things, and learn to sharpen their skills, the better able they are to share that same joy.”
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