New: Temperature Reports

Here is another tool to help with health and safety guidelines,  and ensure compliance with new regulations related to Covid-19.

Our new temperature report organizes all the temperature readings recorded for all children. The report can be organized by day or by week, by classroom, or for the whole center.

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You can access this report on the web application in the Settings > Temperature Report page. The report is available for temperature entries saved with a recent version of the mobile application (7.9 or after) or saved via our web application. The temperature report is only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscription plans.

 

Collect Parent Signature for Incident reports, Health or Medicine entries

You can now collect parent’s signature for Incident Report entries, Health, and Medicine entries. This will help with regulatory compliance and also make sure everybody has been notified about the event. The signature is saved with the entry, it can be viewed on the mobile or web application.

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For instance, teachers can save an incident report for a child profile, then parents can sign the report on their own device by tapping on the entry in the list, then on the Signature button. Parents cannot modify anything about the entry, they can only add their signature. The signature can only be saved via the Daily Connect mobile application.

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You can also print the report, with the signature, from your device for archive.

 

 

New: Parent Survey at sign-in

We’re releasing today a new Parent Survey feature that is especially useful to help with Covid-19’s special procedures.

Childcare directors can now create a survey that parents will have to fill at each sign-in on the Daily Connect Sign-in kiosk. This works with the touchless sign-in on the parent’s device, or with the 4-digits pin code sign-in on the Sign-in kiosk device.

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Parent Survey Setup

When signing-in with the touchless sign-in option, parents tap on the ‘sign-in’ button on their Daily Connect application and answer the survey questions. The app then generates a QRCode to show to the sign-in kiosk.

With the 4-digits pin code, parents first enter their personal 4-digit on the sign-in kiosk, then answer the questions before validating the sign-in. Optionally, the parent’s signature can also be collected.

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Survey on parent’s mobile app

Answers to the questions are saved with the sign-in entry, so teachers have immediate access to parents’ answers.

A report with the response to each question for each day is also easily accessible by directors on the web application.

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Responses are saved with the sign-in entries
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Survey report for directors

Parent survey is available at no extra cost to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions. It can be activated by administrators in the Settings > Parent Survey page.

Contact support@dailyconnect.com if you have any questions.

Touchless sign-in with Daily Connect

Parents can now sign-in their children without any contact with Daily Connect. For this, they just have to tap on the Sign In/Out button on their Daily Connect application and show their personal QR Code to the sign-in device. The device will then automatically scan the code to do the sign-in. The operation takes around 3 seconds.

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Going touchless makes sign-in safer, and allows childcare centers to quickly adapt to enforce health and safety regulations. This option creates a frictionless check-in experience while giving parents peace of mind. This enables organizations to differentiate with a forward-thinking, modern approach to the parents’ experience.

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The sign-in kiosk is currently used by parents to sign-in their children by entering a personal 4-digit pin code. This new touchless capability can be used in addition to the pin code entry, or as a replacement.

The sign-in device is usually placed at the building entrance, with the sole purpose of doing sign-in and sign-out. It can be any iOS or Android device (phone or tablet) with a front-facing camera, and with the Daily Connect application installed. The sign-in page in the Daily Connect application is secured, no personal child’s information is accessible by parents. Touchless sign-in can also be done on staff devices.

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Sign-in code on the parent app

Touchless sign-in is available at no extra cost to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions. It is only available on iOS and Android devices. It is not available on desktop computers. It can be activated by administrators in the Settings > Sign-In Kiosk page.

Once activated, the kiosk device will automatically show the video feedback to scan the parent’s code. On parents’ devices, the QR code will automatically show when tapping on the Sign In/Out button (the Daily Connect application must be updated on each device to the latest available version).  Staff can also clock-in and clock-out themselves with this method.

Contact support@dailyconnect.com if you have any questions.

New: Calendar, Menus, Lesson Plans

We recently released several new features about Calendar, Menus and Lesson Plans. Those will help you better inform parents about what’s happening at your facility, and what’s planned in the coming days.

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  • Create calendar events for each classroom. For instance for holidays, field trips or payment deadlines. Parents and teachers will easily see those events on their app, also a reminder is included in the parent daily email the day before the event.
  • Create ahead of time menus for each day of the week. Not only those will be visible by parents, but your teachers can quickly save feeding entries for present children directly from the menu event.
  • Access menu reports on the web application with a count of all menu served (breakfast, snack, lunch, …) per child and classroom, per day, week and month.
  • Create and reuse lesson plans (for instance Mathematics, Writing,lessonplan2.png Music, …). A lesson can be placed on a calendar allowing parents and teachers to see what learning activity is planned for the day.

Those are only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

 

New administrator roles for Pressional plans

We’re adding 3 new levels of privilege in the application. The goal is to be more coherent with the different roles and responsibilities in your organization. This is in addition to the already existing role for Staff and Teachers. Those roles only apply to Professional and Enterprise subscriptions.

  • Subscription Administrators can create new childcare centers, has administrator privileges for all centers, has finance administrator and education administrator privileges. This role is usually for the owner or the IT manager.
  • Childcare Administrators can change child care settings, add classrooms, teachers and children. Has access to all rooms and children in the childcare. This is a role for the childcare director in each location.
  • Finance Administrators can view attendance reports, cancel/upgrade subscriptions, can change payment information, receives monthly invoices. This is the role for the accounting team.
  • Education Administrators Can view all children’s information in all locations and create lesson plans for all locations.

You can set and change those roles in the Settings > Administrator page on the web application.

New: share forms and documents with parents

You can now upload forms and documents that parents can access at any time via the application. For instance, you can upload field trip permissions, policy handbook or immunization forms. Parents will have access to all uploaded documents via the “Form & Documents” menu option on the application.

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Documents can be uploaded in Settings > Forms & Documents. This is for your permanent documents, they are not included in the daily emails sent to parents. It is different from your time-based documents (newsletters, announcements for upcoming events, …) that you can upload in Settings > Send to Parents.

This feature is only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

 

Billing, invoicing and collecting payments with Daily Connect

We’re happy to announce the availability of one of your most requested features: billing, invoicing and collecting payments. Parents will now have a quick and easy way to pay you for their child’s tuition using their preferred method: credit/debit card, bank transfer, checks.

Not only this will save you time (among other things, you won’t need to reconcile payments), but it will also help to reduce the number of late and missed payments thanks to frequent reminders, flexible payment methods, and the convenience of an online system.

We have partnered with TUIO, the #1 payments portal for schools and daycares across North America. Their powerful and flexible platform can support any type of payment plan for childcare centers.

 

Go to the Parent Billing page in Daily Connect to learn more.

 

Daily Connect users benefit from a special discounted price and low transaction fees. TUIO is integrated with Daily Connect so it’s very easy to setup and use.

Siri Shortcuts

Daily Connect now supports Siri shortcuts.

You can access available Siri shortcuts in the system settings application, under Siri & Search > Suggested Shortcuts, and add those shortcuts to your list. This allows you to record entries with voice commands via Siri.

IMG_FE303F507EBA-1.jpegThe suggested shortcuts are automatically generated by Daily Connect based on your usage, for instance if you save a diaper entry, diaper shortcuts will be automatically suggested.

Shortcuts are currently suggested for the following categories: Diaper, bottle feeding, message, mood, solid food, activity, medicine. Shortcuts are also suggested for nursing, bottle and sleep timer operations.

Pin codes and attendance reports

We recently released several new features related to the pin code entry on the mobile application, and new attendance reports on the web application:

 

Sign in/out via Pin Code on the mobile application

The pin code entry, already available on the web application, is now also available on the native iOS and Android applications.

The pin code feature allows parents to sign in and sign out their child via a unique personal 4-digit pin code.

 

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If you’ve activated the pin code option in your childcare setup page, a new Sign In/Out button is now available at the bottom of the application on tablet devices (iPad/Kindle Fire/Android tablets), and as a menu option on the iPhone and Android phone app.

 

From there, parents can enter their 4-digit pin code to sign in/out their child.

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You can lock this page so parents cannot exit the page to view personal information of others children. Once the page is locked, only the password of the classroom account, or the 4-digit pin number of a teacher, can unlock the page.

Parent can then enter their signature before validating. If you don’t want to collect the signature, you can disable this step in settings > preferences.

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The pin code feature is available to all subscription plans on the web application. The mobile app implementation is only available to Premium+ and Professional+ subscriptions.

 

Attendance reports

We’ve added several new features on the attendance reports, available to all accounts with a subscription:

  • A new simplify daily report is now available,
  • You can specify a custom date range for your attendance reports,
  • Daily and weekly attendance reports now include the parent signatures,
  • You can exclude specific days of the week (for instance Sundays) from the report,
  • You can download a .pdf file of the daily or weekly attendance report.

You can access attendance reports in the settings > attendance reports page.

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Also, Premium+ and Professional+ accounts can now schedule automatic daily or weekly emails to receive the attendance reports in their inbox. Those can be activated in the settings > summary emails page.

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