Goddard Park Centre of Early Excellence, based in Swindon, cares for over 100 children and has 26 staff. The nursery is on the same site as the Ofsted graded Outstanding Goddard Park Primary School.
In the school’s most recent Ofsted report, inspectors commented that “children get an excellent start in the Children’s Centre and throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage.”
Fiona Godfrey, Manager of the Centre of Early Excellence, was using a nursery management software package which was difficult to tailor to the nursery’s individual requirements. She explained:
The software that we were using was limited in its capabilities and adaptability. From a management point of view, the reporting functions were dire, and from a day to day perspective, the production of registers was poor.“There was absolutely no flexibility in the software, we couldn’t change registers or invoices and as such, the software was not meeting our needs.”
After speaking to the customer service team at Connect Childcare, Fiona was impressed with the functionality of the nursery management software. She said:
Flexibility was the key selling point to us of the Connect Childcare software and it has not disappointed. We are always applying new functions on the software and it has improved our management of bookings and invoicing beyond recognition.“From a management perspective, we are now finding it much easier to plan for the future with accurate records of the children in our care and when they will be moving on."
Our communication with parents and gurdians has also improved because we are sending out the right invoices every time.
“The Connect Childcare nursery management software has been fantastic for us,” said Fiona.
We have been very happy with the entire changeover process and the uses of the software. We aren’t using it to its full capability - yet - but we know that it will continue to save the nursery and our staff time and money in the future.Download PDF
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