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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