One week from today my oldest will strap on her backpack and head off to first grade. My twins miss this years school cutoff by 3 weeks so instead of joining their sister at “big kid” school they are headed off on their own Pre-K adventure. As a mom who works full-time from home I am super excited about having 5 full days that I can concentrate on work projects and deadlines during daylight hours! But, I also get a little anxious about them being gone from me all day. And it doesn’t help that when I pick them up from school and ask how their day was and what fun things they did I usually get responses like “fine”, “nothing” or “I don’t remember.”
Wouldn’t it be nice to have peace of mind and actual real time updates on what they are learning and doing throughout the day? Well there is! KidReports is a new mobile technology that helps improve communication between childcare providers and parents.
If you your child has ever been in childcare, whether it is full time or just a Mother’s Day Out program you know that it can often be challenging at times to chat with your teacher at morning drop off or pick-up. Usually the questions you have don’t require a “teacher conference” you just want to get that peace of mind that he is participating, playing well with others, learning more than the “nothing” he reports from day to day. With KidReports, parents have the ability to receive daily reports for their child through email, text message and/or push notification to their smartphone, tablet or PC with updated information about their child’s day.
Throughout the day, teachers have the ability to upload photos or videos of daily activities and send quick texts to parents through the cloud. Now you can see your child participating in activities and get a glimpse into their day. I think this is a great tool that can also help guide the “what did you do at school today” conversation with more specific prompts based on information you’ve received throughout the day from KidReports.
In addition, the technology provides an efficient way for daycare administrators and teachers to communicate important events to parents such as photo day, new activities, curriculum announcements, parents’ night out, inclement weather, etc.
“Ninety-eight percent of childcare facilities still use paper-based systems for daily child reporting requirements like meals, activities, events and incidents,” said Aaron Wallick, VP of Sales for KidReports. “Until recently, providers did not have access to simple and affordable technology that provides a better way to communicate with parents (via smartphones, tablets and PCs) or to streamline daily progress reports. Now they do.”
Say what…you mean I don’t have to keep track of a bazillion papers with notes about money due, picture day, and field trips! With twins I always get double the paperwork and usually the same note multiple times. Sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind trying to keep up with all the paperwork my kids bring home! I’m a digital mom so this feature makes my OCD organized self very happy.
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT KIDREPORTS
Parents love KidReports! Here’s what a few moms have to say:
“Nothing makes my day brighter than getting a surprise picture message from my son’s daycare. They enjoy sending the pictures almost as much as I enjoy receiving them!” Tamera J. – Smithfield, VA
“The peace of mind I get from getting real-time updates on my 10 week old is priceless! I don’t find myself worrying about her while I’m on the job.” Lisa K. – Nashville, TN
“I love the emails I receive throughout the day! It makes me feel connected with my son even while I’m at work.” Pamela S. – Cary, NC
KidReports is offered to daycare and child care providers for as little as $5 per month per child enrolled. Free 30-days trials are currently available to area daycare and childcare facilities. Childcare providers can sign up for a free trial at KidReports.com. Think about telling your childcare provider about KidReports.com, I already have!
This post was sponsored by KidReports, a mobile app that connects parents to their children while in the care of childcare providers. All opinions, including my desire to bring home less paperwork, are my own.