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A picture can be worth a thousand words—and higher National Quality Standard ratings

Understanding and implementing the National Quality Standard (NQS) for all quality areas is essential for childcare services. But if you don’t have documentation showing that your staff understands and puts in place NQS guidelines, you may be missing out. If assessors don’t receive concrete proof you’re implementing these standards, your centre may not get the ratings it deserves.

Along with providing high-quality care based on the NQS, amassing your “Wall of Evidence” should be your next course of action. Document your centre’s implementation of all NQS elements across all quality areas and include Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes. Together, these are your path to higher NQS ratings, and, according to Early Years Research 2021, this can eventually lead to higher occupancy rates.

Documenting interactions throughout the day may seem overwhelming, but such efforts are highly beneficial. One of the easiest ways to collect documentation is through pictures and videos. Let’s look at how one picture and one video can do much more than ‘capture a memory’.

Meeting NQS for Quality Area 2 – Health & Safety

Quality Area 2 (QA2) is Health & Safety, and centres are tasked with supporting each child’s wellbeing through a safe and hygienic centre environment. One way to do this is by modelling and implementing good hygiene and healthy eating habits. So how do you document this?

Let’s start with a picture of a child washing her hands before a meal. This picture documents your understanding and implementation of Element 2.1.2 (Healthy practices and procedures). If you use People Engagement Software (PES) and share this picture with a family member, you’ll also fulfil Element 1.3.3 (Information for families).  

Once the child has washed her hands and is ready to eat, what now? As the child is eating, you could record a short 10-15 second video clip. This might not seem like much more than recording a happy memory. But it can be much, much more with Programming and Planning (P&P) tools which can log details of children’s activities in both text and graphic files. Educators can then share these with families and help them stay connected with their child’s daily development.

A short video clip is more than a captured memory

The video shows a lot more than the child eating. You’ve already documented the child washing her hands before mealtime. But the video displays that the table she’s eating at is also clean (hygienic). This is further evidence that your centre meets Element 2.1.2.

The table, chairs, and utensils in the dining area can provide further proof. Showing that the furniture is child-friendly is evidence of careful planning when designing and furnishing the centre (Element 3.1.1 Fit for purpose). The use of child-appropriate utensils to avoid injury is yet more proof of Element 2.1.2.

Let’s take a closer look at the food that the child in this short video is eating. This video is an easy way to prove your centre provides nutritious meals to children, in line with Australian Dietary Guidelines. Providing nutritious food options helps you meet Element 2.1.3 (Healthy lifestyle).

In addition, if the video shows different children have different food on their plates, in varying amounts, it is further evidence of Element 2.1.3. It shows that children aren’t required to eat foods they don’t like and aren’t required to eat more than they need. With a P&P tool, you could include information about individual dietary needs or food allergies—further proof of Element 2.1.2.

Documentation can meet several NQS Elements

If the video includes educators in the background, you’ve met another element. Showing that qualified supervisors monitor activities at all times helps you meet Element 2.2.1 (Supervision). If the video includes a respectful interaction between staff and children while eating, you have evidence of staff fulfilling Element 4.2.2 (Professional standards).

Finally, a video of a child eating by herself is evidence of EYLF learning outcomes. Choosing what food to eat and feeding herself helps a child have a strong sense of identity. Eating nutritious food that she enjoys can also help promote a strong sense of well-being.

 

Our free guide, How to Improve Your Ratings in NQS Quality Area 2, has excellent tips and information to help your centre deliver quality care and achieve high ratings. 

An image of a screenshot of the Playground app demonstrating how NQS documentation is easier with software.
Playground helps educators publish tables with child observations that can be shared with parents directly through a parent app.

  

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Documentation—your path to higher NQS ratings

Hopefully, you can now see how simple documentation of daily interactions at your centre can benefit your NQS ratings. The simple picture and video prove that your centre understands and implements several elements of the NQS in its day-to-day operations. But without that picture and video, you have no proof to offer assessors—even though you did everything right. Assessors would have no way of knowing how thorough your efforts are.

Documentation can seem like a formidable task, but P&P tools and PES can make the job much more manageable. They provide a simple means to store the documentation, tag learning outcomes, and make notes relevant to different Quality Areas.

6 digital marketing tools to boost your childcare centre’s occupancy

We’ve all had to learn new ways of doing things because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing you need on your plate is to learn how to do yet another new thing – digital marketing. As a centre owner or educator, you’ve probably already got your hands full and have no time to figure out the new-fangled world of online engagements. 

If that’s the case, this blog will help you switch from more traditional advertising methods to digital tools that you need to start marketing your centre online. Simply put, an online presence will make it easier for families to find your centre and see what services you offer.

Step 1: Create a website with clear call-to-action (CTA) buttons

The first, and most important step, is to set up a website for your service. It serves as a place to interact with families and share information via other channels. You can use it as a place to display your facilities, share what services you offer, and answer enquiries.

You have various options to choose from for hosting and design. But, any well-established website service will have easy-to-use templates you can use to showcase your centre. Use your page to highlight unique features and benefits that set your centre apart.

Regardless of what information you include on your website, don’t forget this critical feature. Each page must have a CTA button that families can click on to engage with your service. CTAs can be things like “Book a Tour,” “Enrol Your Child,” or simply “Contact Us.” The easier it is for families to contact you, the better the chances they’ll reach out. 

Step 2: Set up social media accounts for your centre

Social media accounts increase the chance of families discovering your service. You can use these social media channels to direct families to your website, where most of the service information is stored.

Facebook is the most popular social platform and allows for Facebook ad campaigns. You can use other social media platforms, but remember—always engage with your followers regularly to maintain an active social media presence.

Step 3: Learn how to be seen more often with Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is all about getting your website to appear higher in Google search results. If a family Googles “childcare near me” and your website appears on page 9, you’re not going to get many enquiries.

Thorough SEO requires extensive knowledge and can be daunting. But simply being aware of SEO and following basic best practices can make a difference. The common thread in all SEO strategies is quality content. Unique, well-written content in the form of blogs or articles can go a long way to improving your site’s SEO ranking.

Step 4: You can also advertise with targeted Google Ad Campaigns

Like you can run ad campaigns with Facebook, you can do the same with Google. Google ad campaigns help with SEO by putting your listing at the top of Google search results. 

Have you ever searched for something on Google and seen “Ad” or “Sponsored” included in the top results? Then you’ve seen a Google ad campaign in action. You can target specific audiences with your ads. For example, you can focus on families looking for childcare in your area.

Step 5: Use a low-cost but effective strategy—email marketing

Remember the CTAs we told you to create on your site back in Step 1? You can use a CTA to collect email addresses that you can use for email marketing. You can send a weekly or monthly newsletter to current and prospective families.

You can also include CTAs in your emails in various ways. You can share special offers, link to enrolment forms or post vacancies. Email marketing is cheap—it only costs you time and effort. You’ll also be contacting people who’ve previously expressed interest in your centre. After all, it’s likely they joined your mailing list while checking out your site.

Step 6: List your centre on an online marketplace to increase exposure

Online marketplaces expose your centre to the right people at the right time. More and more, families are turning to online marketplaces for their childcare needs. They can view and compare all the options available to them in one convenient place. If you aren’t listed on a marketplace, you risk missing out on exposure to families actively looking for childcare options.

Parents like online marketplaces because they can easily compare the different services in their area. Marketplaces give you the chance to highlight your centre’s unique features and services. A listing that differentiates you from your competition can help drive enquiries and enrolments.

The Space childcare marketplace can help generate enquiries online and streamline communication with prospective families.

Different marketplaces offer different features. A good marketplace offers a dedicated listing page, enquiry lead management, and embedded enquiry forms. It may even provide tour bookings and CSS platform compatibility. Some of them, like Space, also offer automated digital marketing services. This will help you implement several items in this list, like social media pages and email marketing. The team at Space will help integrate the Space software into your existing website or help you create one.

For a more detailed explanation of the steps outlined in this post, please check out our Childcare Digital Marketing Guide.

QikKids releases Digital Marketing Guide for childcare services

QikKids has released the Digital Marketing Guide, a value-packed, free content resource for childcare owners and professionals looking for ways to promote their service. The guide provides early learning services with the fundamentals of digital marketing through practical and useful software tips that can help them compete for new families online.

Data from Early Years Research(EYR) shows that centres are struggling to fill spaces after the pandemic and that families are now keener to find care online. The resource is therefore aimed at helping services develop an online presence, especially for those that are more used to traditional marketing strategies and don’t know where to begin. Using research and data from EYR, this concise, information-packed guide provides specific and actionable digital marketing strategies for ECECs. 

In the post-COVID market, one of the most innovative ways of connecting with parents is a childcare marketplace with a dedicated listing. The guide introduces centre owners to such a listing and provides ways of maximising parent experience through online channels. 

The Space listing platform is one of Australia’s leading digital childcare marketplaces and helps centres manage childcare booking and enquiries via a single dashboard. This makes administration much more manageable for service providers as all enquiries from various online channels are assembled in one convenient location. Space, a secure platform, allows centres to decide how they interact with families while retaining complete control over vacancies, fees and the enrolment process.

Find out how your centre can compete with services online and boost occupancy in the post-pandemic childcare market.

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Space can:

  • Automate marketing by promoting childcare centres on a dedicated listing
  • Streamlining parent-provider communication without needing in-person visits
  • Seamlessly collect all parent enquiries and information in one central, cloud-based dashboard

 

Mark Woodland, CEO of QikKids understands how challenging it is for centres to manage new technology and that they may not have dedicated digital marketing teams or the budget to become competitive online. “With the resources in this guide, we want to show centres that digital marketing can be done in easy, affordable steps that can benefit services of all sizes. When effective digital marketing is combined with our technology, the Space marketplace can help centres fill more vacancies and attract more qualified parents via online channels.”


The Digital Marketing Guide guide is available for download here and contains a childcare marketplace software checklist to help prepare centres for investment in digital solutions.

 

About Space

 

Space is a childcare listing platform and parent enquiry service built to assist Australian families searching for care. It is integrated with Xplor’s enterprise software suite and is designed to deliver a positive parent experience from enquiry to enrolment. Space offers digital marketing tools to services looking to promote their services and streamlines parent-provider communication to help boost occupancy. 

To learn more, visit: https://space.myxplor.com/

 

How documentation can help improve ratings in NQS Quality Area 1

You’ve studied Quality Area 1 (QA1) of the National Quality Standard (NQS), and your service uses an approved framework to create child-centred learning opportunities for all its children. Educators use intentional teaching and scaffolding methods, and you’ve implemented a cycle of assessment and critical reflection to ensure that teaching practices positively impact child development. Your educators also try to keep families informed of updates in learning and care, but your QA1 ratings aren’t going up. What are you doing wrong?

You may be making one critical mistake: lack of documentation. 

If your educators haven’t been recording all the planning they’ve done, or your centre does not have a process for keeping records of individual child development, getting high ratings will eventually be a problem. Without this essential documentation, assessors have no evidence that you’re following NQS guidelines, nor can they determine that you’re implementing them in the operation of your centre. Without adequate proof you’re meeting standards, it is less likely for quality assessment officers to rate your service as Meeting NQS.

In short, if educators are not documenting child activities regularly: 

    • Implementing and following the Early Years Planning Cycle will be a challenge
    • Communication with families about child progress will be slower and less meaningful
    • The centre is likely to lose out on the potential for better NQS assessment and rating

 

Child-centred learning opportunities – help children in your care and boost QA1 ratings

So which parts of the process should you be documenting and how?

Following the Early Years Planning Cycle is a great way to ensure learning activities are based on each child’s current interests and abilities. It demonstrates you’re meeting Element 1.1.1 (Approved Learning Framework). Having documented proof that you’re following this cycle will further show NQS assessors that you’re fulfilling Element 1.2.1 (Intentional Teaching) and 1.2.3 (Child-directed Learning).

A lack of proper documentation won’t just hurt your QA1 ratings; it will also make it very difficult to adhere to this cycle effectively. But documenting every step of the learning cycle would be very labour-intensive if done manually. Trying to recall interactions at the end of the day would result in several missed learning moments. Documenting learning from unplanned experiences and keeping track of details for each child would require a Herculean effort.

Yet, the number one thing you can do to improve your QA1 ratings is to use active documentation. Fortunately, using the Playground app makes this seemingly monumental task much more manageable and approachable.

What does documentation for each step look like with the Playground app?

Observe:

In this step, you could create a portfolio for each child. You can create and maintain this in the Playground app and update it in real-time, collecting all relevant child details in a dedicated folder. Being a cloud-based platform, all pictures and videos in the child’s portfolio are easily shared with families, contributing to Element 1.3.3 (Information for Families).

Analyse:

Child-centred learning involves analyzing and understanding each child’s personal development, meeting Element 1.1.2 (Child-centred Learning). You can document individual learning experiences and interactions with children that prove the use of open-ended questions and children making their own choices, fulfilling Element 1.1.3 (Program Learning Opportunities). You can document parent feedback as well as your own observations.

Intentional teaching plans can be prepared in
Playground to support the planning cycle and extend child learning opportunities.

Plan:

Having documentation of what children have achieved and where their interests currently lie all in one place makes planning much more accessible. With all this information in the Playground app, it’s easy to create weekly plans for each child. Basing your weekly plan on these observations demonstrates your application of Element 1.2.2 (Responsive Teaching) and 1.3.1 (Assessment and Planning Cycle). 

Implement:

When you put your teaching plan into action, you can document how learning experiences impacted children. Since you’re documenting things in real-time, it’s easy to record how unplanned activities added to a child’s understanding – Element 1.2.2 (Responsive Teaching).

Reflect:

You can also document evidence demonstrating which learning outcomes were achieved. Feedback from children and families further confirms successes and informs areas to work on in future planning – Element 1.3.2 (Critical Reflection).

Secure, centralised documentation – accessible to educators, families and assessors

Using Planning & Programming (P&P) software reduces the time educators spend manually logging and planning child activities. It also ensures you’ll have documented proof assessors can review when conducting rating assessments. Easily linking with the Home app makes sharing with families a cinch.

The QikKids platform stores cloud-based platform stores everything in a secure, centralised directory of child portfolios and relevant learning outcomes. This helps compile an NQS “Wall of Evidence” to prove to assessors that you’re following NSQ QA1.

To ensure you’re documenting everything you need to, refer to the handy self-assessment checklist within the guide and get help to boost your centre’s ratings.

For more information and practical tips on how you can use QikKids to assist with documentation, download our latest guide on How to Improve NQS Ratings in Quality Area 1.

Bonus content in the guide: 

A handy self-assessment checklist to prepare your staff for the Assessment and Rating process.

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QikKids expands efforts to future-proof early learning and care in Australia

Educators and caregivers work tirelessly to ensure that the care they deliver serves each child’s needs and fulfils high-quality standards. QikKids has been making this job easier for service providers for over 15 years and is committed to serving the sector for years to come. With an all-in-one, early learning solution, QikKids serves 10,500+ childcare services across Australia & New Zealand and has helped serve more than 100,000 happy families. 

At QikKids, we know that caregivers and educators are wearing multiple hats on any given day. They care for children, create learning plans in advance, and then critically reflect on these to ensure each child’s unique learning journey is being supported. There’s a lot of community engagement involved and centres are continuously trying to connect with their families to develop consistent care routines for children. 

Our software was made to support and complete this childcare experience, simplifying everyday processes for centres and families. 

But the support doesn’t stop there. 

At QikKids we move with purpose—to support your service in becoming more accessible and improving the user experience for families. Our solutions help automate workflows, safely record child data, and boost occupancy for the service, allowing you to maximise growth opportunities in your area. 

Recently, we have accelerated our investment in technology initiatives to support childcare management and also to future-proof it. But, what does this mean for your centre? 

By future-proofing your centre, we make sure that you can keep up with your competition and stay up to date with developments in the industry. The following is a list of features built by our development teams and launched by QikKids in the past year to cater to changing needs of the childcare sector: 

 

Space: Childcare marketplace to drive occupancy post-COVID. 

COVID-19 restrictions have led to restricted centre access for prospective families, and occupancy has become a challenge for service providers. Online platforms, known as childcare marketplaces, or parent enquiry services, are built to solve this problem by connecting parents and services. 

The Space marketplace is one such solution that allows your centre to be listed in a central location, gain visibility and interact with parents interested in enrolment. It also serves as a digital marketing channel that helps with childcare promotion online. Using Space, parents can easily find centres in their location, make enquiries and book tours without visiting the centre in person. 

You can access this free tool for your service and claim your listing here. 

 

Playground: Remote learning for continued learning and development. 

The QikKids platforms have been supporting services that want to find ways of delivering education and care to children remotely, especially during lockdowns. Virtual learning options are available through Playground, making it possible for you to create value for families, retain children and prevent large dips in occupancy. 

 

Home App: People Engagement Software (PES) for positive childcare experiences.

An important part of the childcare experience is regular communication with families to help them be a part of children’s education and development. Technology makes this easier, so we’ve built a PES app to give your families peace of mind after sending their child to care. From sleep routines to learning plans, you can offer parents the liberty to view and share child updates in real-time. 

The Home App is rated the highest in user experience by 3000+ users and has achieved 4.8 stars for its remarkable utility as a parent app. Regular child data sharing helps build parent trust over time and contributes to high NQS Ratings due to large amounts of evidence maintained by the service. 

Are you giving your families the best experience available? Learn more here.

 

Additional support features for faster service delivery 

In the last year, the QikKids platform has been proud to offer integrated management tools with additional support capabilities to help your service get the most out of its childcare solution. Dedicated account managers and faster support channels have provided customers with more communication channels to resolve queries. 

The QikKids development team has grown to 48 members. Each one works to improve the education and care experience for centres and families. A renewed 3-year Desktop API contract with the government reassures our commitment to the education sector and supports us in our plans to serve more happy customers in the coming years. 

At QikKids we are making education great using cutting edge technology. Learn more here or get in touch if you have questions for us.

QikKids fortifies decades long commitment to supporting childcare in Australia.

“QikKids is committed to supporting you.”

For over 15 years, QikKids has helped care providers focus on children’s learning and development, shaping the stories of numerous educators and caregivers with innovative solutions and hands-on support. 

Support at QikKids has always addressed customers who need additional care & attention to implement premier childcare software offerings and seamless integrations. Dedicated account managers and faster communication channels are helping to meet the needs of thousands of providers working hard to deliver high-quality services to children across Australia. 

Over time, the QikKids technology has evolved to account for some of the most complex childcare tasks, and today, it covers a broad range of needs and services. QikKids has helped providers manage their Child Care Subsidy (CCS) payments, as well as documentation and storage of child data. We’ve helped 10,500+ childcare services across Australia & New Zealand with quality compliance and they continue to place their trust in us. Some of our childcare management tools include a childcare administration app, educator platforms, People Engagement Software (PES) and childcare listing services, among others, and have seen tremendous development in recent years. 

To further benefit our communities and make life easier for even more providers, we have now improved our support and communication channels. 

A dedicated account manager is assigned for each client, allowing more room for the QikKids support team to do what they are best at – personalising the support experience. Our support team has grown from 23 to 51 key staff, most of them with extensive experience working in the childcare industry. These are trained professionals who have provided care first-hand and can relate to problems faced by educators in real time. 

A new phone system has been introduced which has brought down the average wait time by more than 60% since last year, and customers can now get the help they need much faster. Compared to 10 minutes historically, customers only have to wait for an average of 3 minutes per call to have their issues resolved. 

Not only this, QikKids has achieved a Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) rating of 96% with continuous feedback, support and loyalty. The customer satisfaction survey has revealed that recent developments at QikKids have been fully welcomed by customers, encouraging us to continue improving down the road. 

QikKids is a community of caregivers and educators who make more than 100,000 families happy. We want to continue making education great by ensuring that this community stays connected and grows stronger by engaging and inspiring each other. The QikKids community on Facebook contributes to this purpose. It allows QikKids members to connect and share ideas with other administrators, leaders and educators. Join the group here to share resources, find support and get inspired today. 

At QikKids, we fully understand that the year 2020 was especially hard for care providers and that growth opportunities were limited. And so we rolled out free Training Roadshows 2021 in over 34 locations in Australia to help customers get a fresh perspective on childcare management and software solutions. Training sessions reinforced best practices in QikKids to allow childcare owners to invest in themselves and their teams. 

Customers found the Roadshow “thorough and helpful” and “learnt a lot about basic features on QikKids desktop, as well as how to troubleshoot.” The ability to ask questions face-to-face and learn about elevating the childcare management experience was exactly what we wanted the roadshows to deliver. The same was well-received by customers. Most educators were happy to get answers to individual situations and challenges throughout and felt more equipped to contribute to their own business success using the new knowledge. 

In addition, QikKids is also extending its capabilities to support businesses in delivering quality childcare through desktop development. With the largest software development team in the sector, QikKids has 48 product team members, who are continuously growing and providing unwavering support to customers every day. Our teams maintain software programs, improve family experiences, and innovate childcare solutions that generate the best care experiences.

QikKids is here to stay, and we’ve signed a three-year Desktop API contract with the Australian government, signalling our long-term commitment to the education sector. A QikKids Product Roadmap (to be shared publicly with all customers), will outline future plans to build and grow the platform over the next three years. You can also contribute to the QikKids platform by sharing feature ideas with the Product Team through the QikKids Canny board

At QikKids, we are guided by our core values of making life simple, moving with purpose, building for people and creating lasting communities. Our inspiring support culture has been particularly conducive to the QikKids vision of making education great, and we are committed to upholding this quality service for years to come.

“QikKids is here to stay.”

Prominent childcare provider Guardian Childcare and Education renews with QikKids for 3 years to continue provision of quality services

  • Leading childcare provider renews deal with QikKids as primary software provider
  • 120 early learning centres will continue to use the QikKids platform to manage administration and education programs. 
  • Dedication to QikKids for innovation and service delivery in the childcare industry

 

Guardian Childcare and Education, one of Australia’s largest childcare groups, has chosen early learning software platform QikKids as its primary solution provider, continuing the current relationship. A three-year contract renewal announced today has cemented efforts by Guardian and QikKids to provide a holistic education and care experience for thousands of families and educators.

“We have invested heavily over the last six months in building out new support capabilities and delivering on our new five-year technology roadmap.”

– CEO of QikKids, Mark Woodland

This relationship allows Guardian to continue to streamline administrative processes using QikKids management software and make world-class education and care available to Australian families. Since it was established in 2004, Guardian Childcare and Education has grown from managing 28 centres to owning 120 centres across Australia today. At the same time, childcare platform QikKids has established itself as a trusted early learning solution provider for more than 10,500 childcare centres across Australia & New Zealand.

Occupancy for services rated Exceeding NQS was at 65%, compared to 49% for those rated Working Towards NQS.

– Early Years Research 2021

Founded in 2006, QikKids has decades of experience in providing intuitive solutions for childcare administration and supporting centre growth with integrated management tools. As a long-standing client since 2007, Guardian continues to benefit from QikKids solutions for parents and educators every step of the way. The QikKids software has made life easier for the team to serve its 14,500 children every day throughout its vast network. They have also recently rolled out new features for enrolment and casual bookings, helping to streamline key processes for childcare services. 

“For organisations of our size, it’s important to have a proven enterprise-grade vendor with decades of experience, so we are excited to continue this partnership with QikKids.”

– Warren Bright, CEO of Guardian Childcare and Education

CEO of QikKids, Mark Woodland, said he is humbled by the Guardian renewal, “We have invested heavily over the last six months in building out new support capabilities and delivering on our new five-year technology roadmap. We’re happy to have Guardian renew their commitment to our vision, and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming years to build more features in the QikKids platform.” 

“QikKids has been our exclusive software provider for over 10 years and we have been impressed with a recent acceleration in development and support capabilities – and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership,” says Warren Bright, CEO of Guardian Childcare and Education. “For organisations of our size, it’s important to have a proven enterprise-grade vendor with decades of experience, so we are excited to continue this partnership with QikKids.”

 

About Guardian Childcare and Education 

Guardian was founded in 2004 and currently owns 120 centres in 5 states and territories, delivering high-quality care and early learning to almost 10,000 Australian families each day. Their continued focus on outstanding outcomes for children and great experiences for families has seen them become one of Australia’s leading providers of early childhood education and care.

For more information visit: https://www.guardian.edu.au/

A Child Care Reporting Service Focused on Parent Involvement: For Curriculum and Resource Management, Portfolios, Batch Reports and More

With a track record of reliable family engagement, QK Technologies has always focused on parents in the development of our childcare technologies. After all, we know that parent involvement is one of the most critical factors for a child’s academic success and healthy development. Getting busy parents involved and excited about their young child’s progress at school or day care is something we strive for with the technology we provide. From the My Family Lounge app to the newly revamped QK Journeys program, we make it easy for parents to be involved with early childhood learning.

QK Journeys
With the QK Journeys program, your child care centre can not only help parents stay up to date on their child’s progress, it can help with other management needs as well. To start with the basics though, this childcare management system makes it easy to share progress with parents through a child portfolio that not only reports important milestones in line with the Early Years Learning Framework but also shares the journey of learning itself with parents and other caregivers.

That means parents can see aspects such as their child’s learning goals, and daily updates, but they also have access to specific learning stories that flesh out what’s happening more clearly and give them a better idea of how their child is behaving and feeling while at school or day care. After all, learning isn’t just about meeting goals and milestones; it’s about the journey a child takes to get there.

Easy to Use
For parents, having such a rich picture of their child’s care is an amazing advancement. QK is excellent for care centre providers too though. With enhancements, available for curriculum and resource management our system makes it easy to ensure you’re on track to provide the kids you’re responsible for with everything they need. So, in addition to making it easy to create child care reports and share those with parents, QK software can help you keep track of how different children are doing internally, and make sure that resources are efficiently used and to the benefit of every child. One feature that many at the 10,500+ childcare services across Australia & New Zealand already using QK software really appreciate is the batch reporting tool. Rather than going through each report by hand, you can pull together records for all the kids you’re responsible for in one place. In addition to making it much easier to keep up with your reporting requirements, seeing all these records in one place can make it easier to spot issues and address them quickly.

Trusted by so many child care providers and parents, QK Technologies is part of the Australian Childcare Association, and our goal is to make it as easy as possible to manage early childhood education and care. To this end, we also offer several training opportunities as well as attentive customer support, so if something goes wrong or you just need an update on new features, we can get you caught up quickly and easily. To learn more, or try the QK Journeys software for yourself, get in touch with us online.

A Service for Kindergarten Software System Solutions

Running a child care service is hard work. You need a kindergarten software system that works just as hard to minimise the time you spend managing all the procedural and administrative tasks. QK Technologies is the leading provider of child care kindergarten system solutions in Australia. We’re passionate about improving childcare management using innovative technology. Our flexible child care software can be customised to the individual needs of your business. We offer our programs on an a-la-carte basis, which means you can pick the programs you need, and you don’t pay for programs you don’t use. What sets us apart is the strength of not only our software but of our customer service. We are here for you when you have questions or need technical support.

When you call QK Technologies, you will speak with one of our highly-trained support personnel, not get placed into a ticketing queue. With over fifteen years serving the needs of child care services, we have proven our reliability and possess an incredible depth of knowledge and experience.


Taking Care of the Kids Is the Easy Part: Kindergarten Solutions
At QK Technologies we know that your primary focus is the children in your care. That’s what you love and why you got started in this business. We also know that it can be frustrating to have to spend so much time on issues that take you away from providing care. Parts of your business such as portfolios, government-required paperwork, parent check-in and check-out, and payment system management can consume a significant portion of your time. At QK we’ve developed easy-to-use technology that provides kindergarten solutions for your business. Spend more of your time with your staff and kids and less time at your desk.

Get a QK Health Check
As an adjunct to our QikKids software, we offer a QK Health Check for your kindergarten service. One of our QikKids professionals will help you analyse your QikKids data to make sure you’re not only taking advantage of the entirety of QikKids’ data resources but also that you’re claiming all possible subsidies and minimising the potential for breaches. We’ll provide you with a thorough report that covers CCMS enrolment, errors, profiles, and fees as well as JFA/JET and more. This in-depth overview enhances the effectiveness of your QikKids software and can catch discrepancies that need resolution. Health Check is just one way that QK helps you stay on top of your business.

Parent Engagement
QK Technologies uses multiple platforms to help you engage and communicate with parents. Our My Family Lounge app is a unique parent portal that works with our QK Enrol and QKeyLM software to give parents access to enrolment forms and waitlist information as well as personalised information about their child. This portfolio can include observations, photos, artwork, and other details uploaded by staff. Parents certainly appreciate the ability to stay involved and updated.

We’d love to answer any questions you might have and help you choose the best kindergarten software for your business. Call us on 1300 367 770 for more information.

Child Care or Day Care App for Childcare or Daycare Providers

Keeping up with childcare management technology is easier than you think. QK Technologies makes it easy for you to control your administrative enrolment and payment functions. We’re passionate about childcare and have developed management software that will streamline and enhance the day-to-day functioning of your business. Our unique child care app, My Family Lounge, has an array of features that your parents will love. We have harnessed our extensive experience as Australia’s leading Childcare management software for the last fifteen years to continue bringing you innovative and efficient programs. Our services not only come with our extensive knowledge of payment and enrolment systems but also include familiarity with legislative requirements to ensure you stay in compliance and don’t miss out on any benefits. We are already familiar with the upcoming July 2018 Jobs for Families Child Care Package and will stay on top of developments to provide the best services to your business.

Parents Love Our Day Care App
When we say, “There’s an app for that!” we’re not kidding. Our exclusive My Family Lounge app offers incredible access for your families to items such as enrolment, waitlist, and customised registration forms. Even more, the My Family Lounge day care app, when paired with our QKeYLM program, lets the parents open a window into their child’s daily activities through staff reporting of observations, events, photos, and artwork. Your parents will feel more connected than ever to their kids, and you get a chance to keep that valuable parent connection going in a modern, easy-to-use way. We even provide training for your staff on how to use our software, making their jobs that much easier. The My Family Lounge daycare app will contribute to making your service that much more attractive to prospective parents.

Increased Efficiency
Our software programs are offered a-la-carte, so you only buy the ones you need for your business. Our products also work together to form a seamless unit when you want to add on to the functionality of our QikKids base program. You can choose just the services you prefer, receive training on how to use them, and of course take advantage of our long-term support and our daycare app. When you call QK, you’ll speak with one of our highly-trained support team, not sit in a queue waiting for help. We value your time and know that you’d rather be out with your staff and kids instead of stuck at a desk. As the market leader in childcare management systems in Australia, QK Technologies has assisted thousands of childcare services, including Goodstart, G8 Education, Guardian, and Affinity Education Group. You can trust us to develop a package to meet your needs and increase your management efficiency.

We’d love to show you a demonstration of our programs and work out a customised package of programs with our childcare app that are suited just for your business. We can help you manage everything from detailed child and contact records to enrolment and fees. Call us on 1300 367 770 for more information.