4th April 2022 All Posts News & Trends

March Roundup 2022

Welcome to the Connect Childcare Monthly Roundup. Each month we deliver a selection of resources and updates to help bring you closer to Connect Childcare. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and invite your networks to join our mailing list. Thank you to all who have entered the Easter wellbeing competition so far! We’ll announce the prize winners live on our Instagram on Thursday 14th April 2022. Don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already, you could win prizes worth up to £1200! Read on for exciting new reports, time-saving payment features, price increase top tips and more. 
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Product spotlightWe’d like to shine a spotlight on our contactless payment solution. After catching up with Liz from Wizard Nursery Group we were so pleased to hear that following the take-up of the ParentZone payments integration they have completely eliminated the need for the in-nursery card reader across all four settings. This has helped them to save both money and time – as all payments are now automatically reconciled against each parent’s account.
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Product updateWe have been working on a brand new cohort report called ‘Big Picture Report’ which was well received in our workshop last week. This report will be available in the Spotlight area for both Birth to 5 Matters and Development Matters and will provide an overview of child development across your different cohorts. This release is due imminently along with a step-by-step guide and video on the help desk to show you how to use the new report.
Supporting youAre you due to raise your prices? The process of increasing nursery fees can be painful for both parties, particularly as parents are already having to deal with the rising costs of living and some may lack understanding of the funding issues faced by the sector. It’s important that you effectively communicate your price increases with parents. Sending price increase letters can also be time-consuming, did you know that you can send emails on bulkto all of your parents using Connect Childcare? This article will also show you how to update your prices within Connect Childcare. To learn more, take a look at our next training sessions in the totally free, completely remote, Connect Q&Aswith Charlotte Woods. Our next three Q&A sessions will kick off next week and will focus on the powerful Connect Childcare Management System.
Price increase top tips
Tell us what you thinkThanks for using Connect Childcare software in your setting. We’d love to hear how you feel about it in this quick online survey. We will be reading each and every response. Your honest feedback is the best help we could have to build the best solutions for you, your team and the children in your care.
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Freebie resourcesLast month we launched our sustainability-themed weekly activities. From potting plants to planting seedsto making paper airplanes from old cards, there’s something that everyone can enjoy – sustainably! We even have how-to Tik Toks for each activity, so make sure you’re following us. We’re sure that you’ve all been appreciating the lovely Spring sunshine, but have you used it as a new learning opportunity? We pulled together 10 Fun Facts Children Can Learn About Spring and an eBook with 15 Spring themed activities for you to try. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Easter-themed Resources.
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Do you have news that you’d like us to share from your part of the early years world? Send your stories to marketing@connectchildcare.com.  And finally, did you know you can chat to other Connect users and early years professionals to get the most out of our software? Visit the Connect Community today! 
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