*Please note that your nursery may decide not to use certain features of the software so some of the features mentioned may be restricted or switched off.
ParentZone is a smartphone app which gives you access to information about your child’s day at a time which suits you best.
ParentZone increases your partnership with your child’s nursery by allowing two-way communication.
*Please note that your nursery may decide not to use certain features of the software so some of the features mentioned may be restricted or switched off.
Download your copies today
If your child’s nursery has started using ParentZone you will receive an email to your registered email address to invite you to access ParentZone.
Please make sure your nursery have an up to date email address for you.
When you receive the email, click on the link in the email to activate your account
Download the App
You can download the app for ParentZone on both Android and iOS(Apple) devices. Just head on over to the respective app store and search for ‘ParentZone’.
Once downloaded, open your App and enter your email address and new secure password.
Accessing your ParentZone Menu
Access the menu on the left-hand side, here you will find:
If you click the drop-down next to your name, you will find:
*Please note that your nursery may decide not to use this feature of the app so this feature may be restricted or switched off.
You will only be able to see the finance information if your nursery has added you as a bill payer contact.
To view/pay your bills click on the ‘Finance’ tab in the menu to access your finance account. Here you can see any bills, payments and credit notes raised against your account.
Click view all transactions to access a breakdown of the invoice/bill/credit note to see a breakdown.
Pay your bills
As long as your nursery has set up this feature, you can make payments straight from your app to clear any outstanding balances.
Simply select the Pay button in the bottom right. Enter the amount you wish to pay. Select the site you wish to make a payment to. Read and accept the T&Cs and select Make Payment. You will be taken to a secure payment screen where you can enter your card details and select Pay Now to send the payment straight over to your nursery.
Once you are logged in to the app, you will be greeted by the timeline. This is where all of the published events from your child’s nursery are displayed.
Your nursery will publish different types of events to your timeline:
These can include photos/videos of their day ensuring you are up to date.
Filtering the Timeline
Sometimes you may want to filter the timeline to show specific events.
You can filter the timeline by:
All you need to do is use the filters at the top of the page.
Observations will be added and they will be linked to the development framework. Once they are published to the timeline you will be able to see how your child is developing and what activities they get up to.
You can see more when you click on the framework gradings or development checkpoints.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and recognise our responsibility for safeguarding children whilst providing good quality and effective management software for nurseries.
With ParentZone all of your data is super safe.
How safe is my data?
Connect Childcare have the following security procedures in place to ensure that all data on ParentZone is super safe:
iConnect and ParentZone are protected by industry-standard HTTPS connections using the same security certificate technology used by internet banking. When data is being transferred to or from ParentZone and iConnect it is encrypted using TLS Certificates, so your children’s photos/data are always safe.
Connect Childcare execute weekly industry-standard vulnerability scans against all of their estates and regular training for all of our staff. External application penetration tests are run annually. Rectification of all findings from external penetration tests are actioned immediately. Connect Childcare currently have no urgent, high or medium vulnerabilities and all other recommendations relating to new best practice are planned into our development sprints throughout the year.
Connect Childcare operate an automated vulnerability assessment programme which regularly scans all of their systems. It delivers a prioritised list of any critical issues and we ensure any vulnerabilities are patched immediately. Connect Childcare also uses external IT security companies to test their systems to give an impartial view of our security performance.
Connect Childcare’s disaster recovery plan covers every aspect of their IT infrastructure. If a significant event, such as a cyber-attack or a natural disaster were to take place, Connect Childcare can recover the entire technical environment, including all hosted client data within a matter of hours. Previous tests have proved that we can access all systems, network connections and client databases remotely in just 4 hours.
Who has access to my child’s data?
We take safety very seriously. If you have any concerns about the safety of any of our features, please ensure you call us and speak to your support consultant on 01282 507 945.
We regularly update our ParentZone app so please make sure you enable automatic updates with your app store.
If you would like to give us feedback on the app, you can do this by accessing your profile and clicking ‘send feedback’ at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com.
Work in partnership with your nursery to give your child the best start in life. Communication is the Key.
With ParentZone you can send your nursery comments on anything you see on your child’s timeline and you can even upload your own photos from home to evidence their continued learning.
Your nursery wants you to be involved in your child’s learning journey. You’ve got the opportunity to contribute your own moments, noting down all the fun things you do at home with your children.
To do this, click on the ‘Add’ button on the bottom right of the Timeline.
Select the child (if you have more than one).
Write some notes.
Write what your child said in the ‘Child’s Voice’ box (or leave blank if they didn’t say anything).
Click the add sign, this will give you the option to open your photo library or take a photo there and then.
Select as many photos or videos as you would like and add your description in to the notes section.
Remember to click ‘send to childcare provider’.
This will then send to your child’s Key Worker as a pending post. Once your Key Worker has published it you’ll be able to see it in your child’s Timeline.
You can add your own observations to ParentZone. Your nursery would love to see your photos and notes of activities your child has done and milestones they reach outside of the nursery setting. Everything you upload helps your nursery to get a clear picture of your child’s earning journey.
Is it a first?
Did your child do something new today? If it is a first, we want to know! Their first steps, first words, the first time they throw a ball. These are all huge milestones in your child’s development and we would love for you to upload a photo and tell us all about it
Have they been somewhere exciting?
If you take a trip to the zoo or go on a woodland walk or visit the seaside, upload your photos. Your child’s Key Worker then has the knowledge they need to encourage your child to talk about the trip, increasing their self-confidence and building their understanding of the world.
Has it made your child proud?
Confidence is a huge part of a child’s social and emotional development. We want to help to celebrate all of their little wins to boost their self-confidence. Did they enter a competition, or draw a brilliant picture or help to make dinner for the family? If your key worker is aware of these achievements through ParentZone, they can create lesson plans to encourage discussions around Them.
Have they done something at home that isn’t noted at the nursery?
Sometimes a child may exhibit different behaviours in different environments. If your child is shy and quiet at nursery but loves to put on dance performances at home, upload a photo or video for us. This helps to complete the learning journey for each child. We can also analyse what we can do to gently encourage these behaviours at nursery as well.
You can find out more about how your nursery tracks your child’s development by reading the EYFS framework here.
*Please note that your nursery may decide not to use this feature of the software so this feature may be restricted or switched off.
You will be able to see your child’s bookings for the month on the Bookings Tab.
To add an extra session – select the + icon at the bottom of the screen.
Select the date and the session you would like to request.
You have an option to add any notes if required.
Once you are happy click on request booking.
This request will be sent to the nursery manager for approval.
We are always improving our systems and release regular updates to ParentZone.
Before you can get excited about all of the brilliant new features coming your way we need to make sure you can access them.
To get the latest version of ParentZone on your device:
Please make sure you check if your nursery has a photo policy in place and make sure you adhere to it. Please be aware of the rules your nursery may have in place around sharing photos of other peoples children online in order to safeguard them.
If any of the photos on ParentZone include a child which isn’t your own, we would advise that you do not save these images or share them anywhere online.
How to save images via the app:
Either, screenshot the images directly from the app if you’re using an iPhone, or if your nursery has given you the option to save photos, you will see this icon on your images. Click this icon and it will download the image to your photo library.
Saving photos from the web
Login to ParentZone www.parentzone.me via a PC or laptop.
Right-click the image and press save when looking at them on the Timeline.
We would recommend using google chrome as this will then also allow you to save any videos your childcare provider may have posted.
To reset your ParentZone password, please complete the following steps.
You can update any of your personal details on your account by clicking the drop down in the main menu and then clicking on ‘Profile’. Click the edit icon at the bottom of the screen and make any necessary changes and press ‘save changes’.
If you update your profile photo on a phone or tablet it will open your camera, but using a web browser will allow you to select a saved photo.
A staff member may start a conversation with you regarding an event. You cannot start a conversation.
If they start a conversation with you, you will receive a notification in the top right corner of your app so that you can reply.
You can set your preferred session timeout period within your settings, the maximum is 30 days. This means you will only have to log in once a month.
There are security implications of not logging out. We’d like you to make sure that you have some form of lock on your device so that if your phone was to fall into the wrong hands your child’s data would not be accessible.
The number of updates you receive from your nursery will totally depend on how busy the staff are.
Aside from updates on nappy changes, sleep times and meals, they will usually only create an observation or a moment when they have captured something special which they want to share and track against your child’s development.
Rest assured that this is probably a good thing, meaning that the staff are spending more time with your children and not just not tapping away at their tablets.
Please be aware that this is not an issue with the app.
Sometimes you will receive notifications a few days after the observation was created by your nursery.
This is usually because the staff at your nursery will have designated time away from the children to complete their observations.
In most cases, these observations will then be moderated and published by the nursery managers at a later date which causes a delay in you receiving them on your timeline.
We understand that you would like instant updates but at least this way you can be sure that you will receive the polished observation and you can rest assured that the staff are putting the children before the paperwork.
Please be aware that this is not likely to be an issue with the app.
This is probably due to the fact that at busy times in the nursery your staff may not have had time to update the nursery accounts yet.
If you have a query with your bill, please contact your nursery directly.
Got to ‘My Child(ren)’ on the menu, here you can see your child’s details which include permission questions and health and dietary information.
The EYFS helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.
It provides a framework for the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.
The EYFS seeks to provide:
• quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes
good progress and no child gets left behind,
• a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each,
individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly,
• partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers, and
• equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every
child is included and supported.
You can find out more about how your nursery carries out your child’s development by reading the EYFS framework here.
Whilst using ParentZone, you may notice that some features appear to be missing or certain areas from the Off-Canvas menu do not work as you would expect.
Your nursery may decide not to use certain features of the software so some of the features above may be restricted or switched off.
Your nursery will control what you are able to view within ParentZone so if you are in any doubt about the information that you cannot view in ParentZone, please contact your nursery for help.
Your nursery owns the data which they post for you on ParentZone, as you are their customer, we can’t access your data without their permission.
If you wish to obtain a copy of your child’s Learning Journal, then please contact your nursery who will be able to save it as a PDF and send to you. As part of OFSTED guidelines
Click on ‘communications’ to see all of the different documents which have been sent out to you.
You can resend them to your email address if necessary.
To add a comment click on ‘comment’ on the event.
Type your message and click ‘send’.
Your nursery would like to hear your feedback on the observations for your child, but if you are at a loss for what to write, think about these key questions:
Is this something new?
Let them know if this is something you have never seen your child do before, or if they have been developing this skill or behaviour over a period of time.
Has your child told you about this?
If your child tells you a story about what they did today at nursery, make sure you tell them. This is a great example of continued learning and shows their understanding of the different activities.
Do they do this at home?
It is great to see the similarities and differences between a child at nursery and a child in their home environment. Many children act differently when they are part of a group, in a nursery room, to when they are in the comfort of their own homes. Information like this gives your Key Worker a great insight into sides of your child’s personality that they may not otherwise see.
ParentHub is now available in the new ParentZone app or by heading to https://beta.parentzone.me/
Parents can read articles and get activities to keep their little ones busy.
Parents can access the ParentHub through the menu on the left-hand side.
On the ParentHub section, parents will be able to see Home Activities, Nutrition, Recipes, Useful links and Apps.
To view the hub articles, select the Hub at the top of the screen, each article will then display below.
Access your photobox discount via the Gallery Screen on the ParentZone app.
The discount banner will be displayed at the top of the page. Click view discount:
If this banner does not show, you may have dismissed it or your nursery may have switched off Banner Ads.
To access PhotoBox head to the main menu, click on your photo/drown down next to your name. This will show the affiliation link to PhotoBox.
Click this link and order your preferred photo product from the affiliate website. Enter your discount code at the checkout.
Find “Drop Off” in the main menu.
Where a child has bookings for the day, you will see the child’s name and what time they are due in.
Select the “Drop Off” button and add a signature and any notes.
The staff member at your nursery will now need to confirm drop off on their system.
The drop off-screen will now show as “Awaiting verification”.
To pick up a child, the process is pretty much the same. Select the “pick up” button on the drop-off screen.
Add signature and any notes required before sending the pick up for confirmation.
The pick up will now show as “Awaiting verification” until confirmed by a staff member at the nursery.
Click the left hand menu and the drop down button next to your name and then click:
Here you can toggle the on/off button for each event and each notification preference.
Choose between email, in-app or push notifications so you never miss a moment again.
If you would like to give us feedback on the app, you can do this by accessing your profile and clicking ‘send feedback’ at the bottom of the page.
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to review us on the App Store! 🙂
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