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Essential Software Systems for Parents and Clients

Mum, Dad and baby on mobile and tablet

We have become a strong leader in essential software systems for parents and clients for over the last 20 years. Our innovative software are cloud based and work out financially cheaper than direct software installation from our industry competitors. All our CCMS systems are also globally accessible.

Imagine being able to offer parents the opportunity to manage everything to do with their child’s childcare from their mobile device! Our iParentPortal app helps busy parents who are usually well organised keep up to date all the time especially when some days things change due to their busy schedule. This superb portal allows guardians to get feedback, receive important documentation, make and change bookings and also manage payments. At Kidsoft we understand how important it is for parents to stay engaged with their child’s childcare centre.

iCheckIn is an amazing tool that helps parents and staff follow the attendance of each child by using a simple pin code. This easy to use system checks in children with the exact time every day and also records the time a child checks out. This can be conveniently used on touchscreen mobile devices very simply. Parents can receive alerts if they miss a check in or check out so everything is recorded in the one place enabling guardians and centre management to keep organised records in a cost effective and easy process.

All of Kidsoft’s Child Care Management Systems have been built and designed inside the specifications of the Australian Government and we closely follow the Government policies in case of changes so we can stay updated. We constantly research deeply into new developments and how we can continually improve the function of our essential software for parents and clients as well as centre staff. The dynamics of Kidsoft will always be ahead of the game thanks to our superb team with over 20 years experience in the industry. We know what our clients need as we have been clients.

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Preparing for that first day at Pre-School

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Preparing for that first day at pre-school is important for both parent and child. It can be a very worrying time, so below on behalf of the team at Kidsoft I’m going to share some valuable advice.

Making the Transition Easier
So, leading up to that first day parents must of course arrange a proper in depth meeting with the manager and staff of the centre. It is also a good idea to take your child a few times to familiarise them with the place and it’s staff. Introduce them to the facilities so they can look forward to play time. If they need a uniform then let them get involved like choosing their lunch box and water bottle etc.

Tell the staff as much information about your child as possible, for example their likes and dislikes. Everyone concerned wants the transition to be as stress free as possible. For anxious parents it may help if you take a friend along for the first few times you drop off your child as it can be quite overwhelming. At home it may be an idea to stick to the centres routine like nap time. This will help your child get used to the new routine.

Some children may love the experience of starting pre-school yet some may be scared or insecure. It is normal for young children to suffer some anxiety at being separated from their parents or guardian. Some children adapt quicker than others so don’t panic. Remember you are not being a bad parent by putting your child into pre-school so don’t feel guilty. Do something they like on the way like play their favourite music, or sing along to their favourite nursery rhyme as simple things like this can calm them. Always remember the centre is a phone call away so if your child had a particular anxious drop off then call the centre manager. The staff we employ are highly skilled at preparing your child for that first day at pre-school so you know you have their support.

Always talk to your child about what is going to happen on the way. For example you can start with the routine, and explain what they can do at play time, what will be for snack time or lunch time. All this communication will help towards them getting used to the new routine. Most children have some kind of comforting object they love like a teddy bear, so make sure that goes with them. A little bit of home is ok. Don’t let your child see you anxious or upset even if you are as this will unsettle them. Only stay for a few minutes every day instead of hanging around or doing long goodbyes.

As much as you’ll find it hard to leave, staying for a long time when dropping off can create the sense that you’re staying with them, making it harder when it comes time to leave. Stay for a few minutes as they settle into an experience and then say good bye before leaving. Being consistent is a huge factor and will help with their own anxieties. All in all keep upbeat about their visit and ask them in an excited way about their time at pre-school or what they may be doing on the way. Lots of smiles and a very normal attitude will make them feel more relaxed. So, preparing for that first day in pre-school really can be much easier than what you think.

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Kidsoft and Storypark Team Up!

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Kidsoft and Storypark have teamed up to help Educators across Australia!
Kidsoft and Storypark are excited to be teaming up to take the stress out of teaching. Kidsoft users can now set up a Storypark community through Kidsoft. Set up a new Storypark community through Kidsoft by 30 June 2016 and you’ll receive three (3) months Storypark FREE! A 25% saving!

Storypark is a certified Kidsoft partner. Leading educators across Australia are using Storypark to engage parents, strengthen practice, support professional development, streamline assessment and rating processes, and improve their NQS ratings. Learn more about Storypark and how they can assist your business by clicking here.

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Kidsoft is Improving its Infrastructure Platform!

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Kidsoft’s data is moving to a new home. We’re getting ready to migrate our Kidsoft data to a new hosting platform Amazon Web Services (AWS) housed in Sydney, Australia. Our current platform has served us well; however the new platform has been designed to allow for future growth and enhanced security. Childcare data held within FOFMS/CCMS (and potentially its replacement) is considered to be both ‘Personal’ information and ‘Protected’ information (as defined in A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999). AWS adheres to the Australian Government cloud policy and has passed the accreditation process with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and Information Security Manual (ISM).

The move to our new AWS hosting platform will be phased over the next few weeks. You probably won’t notice it happening, as we are moving data at times when customers are least likely to be affected. This will ensure little to no downtime to our customers. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Kidsoft team.

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3 Top Educational Apps for Pre-schoolers

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It had to come eventually ‘top educational apps for pre-schoolers’ as the media market targeted mainly young adults the audience then turned to children yet in an educational way. I am not a huge fan of kids and computers but if an app is genuinely educational then I’m for it. I scoured a few sites and found these three for starters.

The Numberlys  is a new App that goes through the stages of pre-school to nearly ready school. The design is great and we love the ideas for parents to get involved and I promise it will cause quite a few laughs. It is so creative and promises to engage your young pre-schooler with the clever graphics and story.

As it is not in colour we were interested in how children perceived it, but amazingly the attention was incredible. It starts with a story about the world and the alphabet in a most unique way and will be very curious to kids.

Every kid loves a fairy tale and Princess Fairy Tale Maker is perfect for the smaller media devices like tablets and it allows each child to create their very own fairy tale and also gives them the chance to tell it!

Anybody involved with a child as a parent, brother, sister or guardian can enjoy this App as it enables a child to really bring out their own imagination and be commended for it.

Finally Bugs and Numbers, as we all know kids love bugs and not so much numbers… They will be totally besotted with this App as it promises lots of fun with great media and also has a clever way of teaching maths. Kids love the game Atmosphere and this App promises that and they can actually up their game as it has three settings.

These online games and resources are clever and I do believe in a controlled pattern they can become essential to your child’s growth and development while introducing them to online media in a positive way. My classes include music and I find my kids really adapt to media yet will receive it happily as a reward for good work.

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Is Competition Good or Bad for Children?

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Winning isn’t everything!
Lets’s face it most parents want their children to be great at sports and want them to be winners. However as the saying goes “It is not the winning but the competing!” In my experience is competition good or bad for children? It’s bad!

As a teacher I’ve seen many parents point out their child’s lack of skill or mistakes  for not winning. The frustration in many parents is obvious to me which is why I wanted to write this article. Parents will often make excuses for their children not winning by blaming the coach, teacher, referee and/or equipment.

I have seen parents behave dreadfully on the sidelines when their child is loosing a race or not playing well in a team game. On the other hand when they win or play well they are jumping through hoops and bragging to all and sundry.

Does competition help self esteem?
Personally I think it is bad! No child wants to loose, I see it everyday in school but then some children actually take onboard that they need to improve or try something different. I have watched children in all kinds of games and I observe that most of them just want to win. By focusing solely on performance they are not going through any process that will help them develop naturally.

Another way of looking at it is that when a child is use to winning (myself included when I was in primary school) they can be crushed when they get defeated. This can lead to a lack of confidence as they begin to question their ability, and identity. Winners in my experience get into a mindset that stays the same. When I went to secondary school my winning crown was quickly taken away and I learned a hard lesson, but then my father was a football coach and was very pushy for me to win all the time.

Competition can be cruel at times and can create an unwilling character. Winners are also more likely to cheat. So ask yourself is competition good or bad for children?

Here’s a few pointers:
The mindset of a usual winner will limit their creativity and curiosity. This can also have a diverse effect and they will feel that if they can’t win, why try?

  • If a child is very competitive they will become unpopular and not seen as a team player.
  • It is very important for children not to alienate themselves from developing friendships and team building.
  • When you look at a game of tennis the players take many risks to win which creates a fun and exciting game.
  • So, for me, a child can achieve more in trying to improve and do well rather than just wanting to win.