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Automating Your Child Care Center

Road Sign: Automation Just AheadAs a child care provider, your primary goals are to offer a quality learning experience and loving care to the children at your center. Too often, however, time-consuming administrative tasks can divert your attention from these goals.

By automating the record keeping at your early childhood program or preschool, you can regain time to focus on the children. There are many advantages to automation, including accuracy and efficiency, as well as saving time and money.

When thinking about how to best automate management tasks at your center, you’ll want to consider a number of factors…. Continue reading

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Bringing the Cloud to Your Preschool

Girl Swinging Up to the CloudsHave you ever swung so high that it felt like your toes could nearly reach the sky? There’s something uniquely fascinating about clouds that can spark your imagination (what does that cloud look like?) and make you wonder what it would be like to touch them.

Clouds can be inspiring and mysterious, two words which could describe the clouds in our sky or the concept of cloud computing, but the similarities don’t end there…. Continue reading

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Running the Payday Race at Your Preschool?

Race to the Finish LineCross the Finish Line with Direct Deposit

You know the routine. It’s payday at your preschool or child care business, but it feels like “race day” both for you and your staff. As the owner or director you’re pressing to get payroll checks calculated, while your staff is antsy about hurrying to the bank to deposit their earnings.

Wouldn’t you like to stop racing around and create a win-win situation for everyone? It’s easier than you think! By finding the right tool to streamline the process of doing payroll and handling direct deposit for your employees, you’ll cross the finish line without even running the race. Continue reading

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Using Immunization Tracking Software at Your Child Care Center

Girl Holding Teddy Bear while Getting a ShotHugging a teddy bear can help kids feel braver when it comes to getting a shot. And while they may have to endure a brief moment of pain in the name of good health, at least they don’t have to deal with the hassle of keeping track of immunization records and paperwork. Truth be told, neither should you.

As a child care professional, chances are you’re familiar with the recommended immunizations for young children and you’re careful to make sure every family brings in the child care immunization records for their children before they can attend. Next on your list is the question of how to efficiently keep track of all the immunization requirements, due dates and child history.

How to Track Child Care Immunizations

To help you simplify the paperwork, here are some essential features to look for in  immunization tracking software to keep your immunization records up-to-date.

Flexible Immunization Schedule

In order to track when the next immunization is due, you’ll need a way to define the schedule of required vaccinations. Since each shot requires a different schedule, you’ll want the child care database you choose to be flexible. For example, one immunization may have multiple doses due at specific ages, another may be due every 12 months, and a third may be due so many months after the last one, rather than at a specific age—such as when children are on a make-up schedule.

See Video: Set Up Immunizations

Allow for Exemptions

Children may be exempt from certain vaccinations for a variety of reasons.

  • If they’ve already had an illness, like chickenpox, the immunization (such as varicella) may no longer be necessary.
  • A child might have an exemption due to family philosophical or religious reasons.
  • Combo-vaccinations are another reason for exemptions. Families might choose (or their pediatrician might recommend) individual shots or a vaccine that combines multiple immunizations into one. Therefore, you’d need a way to exempt children from the “individual” shots or vice-versa.
  • An age exemption is another possibility. For school-age children you may not be required to track immunizations that apply to younger children.

Mark Child as Exempt from an Immunization

One final thought on exemptions: you’ll also want a way to indicate the reason why a child is exempt.

Alerts When Immunizations are Due

It’s good to know when an immunization or other requirement (physical, etc.) is due, but it’s even better to get advanced notice of when it’s coming due. In other words, you’d like the parents to know ahead of time, so they’re able to make sure they have the necessary doctor’s appointments arranged.

 

Immunization Due Alert

You may also want a way to:

  • Easily see on your director’s screen when immunizations are due or coming due.
  • Let parents see immunizations that will be needed soon, at the time they check their children in.
  • Generate reports and lists showing immunization information.

Immunization History

Beyond knowing what’s coming due, you’ll also want an efficient way to track the history for each child. In other words, what dates did a child receive each vaccination in the sequence? Typically, this information should be available on an immunization history report.

 

Immunization History Report
Final Thoughts

Making sure the kids attending your child care center are up to date with their immunizations is necessary to ensure the health of every child in your care. However, when the year gets underway and your schedule fills up, it can be easy to lose track of the multitudes of paperwork that go along with immunizations records. To mitigate these challenges and manage health records, child care centers should employ immunization tracking software with a degree of flexibility and customization that allows them to account for each child’s needs.

Learn how Procare can help you better keep track of  family health information at your child care center.

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Procare Software: Top 5 Articles for 2012

HourglassAs the hourglass winds down on 2012, I’d like to thank you, our loyal readers in the child care field, for helping the Procare Software blog to have a record year in 2012. With over 76,000 visits (208 each day) our annual viewership has more than doubled since our first post back in 2008.

A traditional way to end the year is to highlight the most popular posts over the past twelve months. I know I’m always curious to see which articles you found most interesting and helpful. Perhaps you’re curious too?

So here they are, in reverse order, the TOP FIVE articles for 2012. Continue reading

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