When you’re learning to drive, you take precautions backing up. You glance in the mirror, crane your neck for a better view, and gently ease your foot on the pedal. You’re careful not to bump the orange cone to ensure you’ll pass the driving test.
At first it takes practice, but soon those steps become second nature as you develop good driving habits.
Taking precautions with the database on the computer at your child care center is an important habit too. You’ve spent untold hours keeping child and family records up to date with payments, attendance, meal counts and more.
If the unthinkable were to happen: your hard drive crashes, your laptop is dropped or stolen, your computer gets a nasty virus, is fried by lightning or simply rusts in place — what would you do? Okay, that last one is pretty unlikely, but you get the point.
If you follow the recommendations in this article, you’ll have a quick, easy, confident answer. Continue reading
Of course you know the motto “Safety First”. On field trips I’m certain every one of the toddlers and preschoolers in your care (and perhaps a teddy bear too) is lovingly helped into their car seats to keep them secure. You may even have posters displayed or a song to sing about being safe. In fact at my children’s elementary school “Be Safe” is the very first part of their school motto.
Car seats for children? Well, of course. That kind of precaution is so ingrained in us it’s practically automatic. But how is using a car seat in any way related to the childcare database entered on your computer? Well, your data is important for sure. Can you imagine losing all that accounting history – payments received, deposits made, balances owed – not to mention basic name, address and emergency contact information, immunizations and more? It could be not only time consuming, but perhaps impossible to accurately re-create.
So what do I mean by a “car seat” for your data? Continue reading
Oh no… my computer crashed! NOW what do I do?
You tap a key and the computer just sits there… nothing. You reboot, but it never comes back to life. Then you get a sinking feeling in your gut… you’ve been meaning to back up your data, but just keep forgetting, or haven’t had the time.
There’s no doubt recovering from a computer crash can be a nightmare, especially if you’ve lost data you rely on to run your child care, daycare or preschool. Fortunately Procare Software® now provides a great tool to help protect your business critical information.
Of course if you’re using the Procare Data Hosting Service backups are handled automatically as part of the service. And, if you use your own SQL Server, backups are managed by your IT staff outside of Procare. Continue reading