4 Time-Saving Tech Tools (+1 handy “non-tech” tool) for Centre Leaders
You hear the excited announcement of a three-year-old from the garden: “I found a ladybug!” As more children come to take a look at this little wonder, you step back and observe - listening, watching, and marveling at the wonderment of the children. As you listen to the conversations of the children, you are struck by the level of knowledge that one of the children shows and grab out a pen and notebook to take a few notes to reflect on later. You quietly go and locate a book that you think might enhance the children’s discovery and discussion. You snap a few photographs of this moment of connection and collaboration,
Sounds pretty nice right? And we bet that right now, many of you centre leaders are thinking: I don’t have time for that!
We would like to guess that you didn’t come into the early childhood sector with a strong desire to complete paperwork. It’s moments like these that we know to be so valuable in the work that we do with children, and yet often we become tied to our desks - slaves to the mountains of paperwork that seem to grow every day.
Wouldn’t you rather be outside? Wouldn’t you rather be a mentor for your educators, modeling high-quality interactions and practice?
Of course, you would!
So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of Time Saving Tech Tools designed to help you free up some time to get back to what you do best.
1. Google Calendar
While you may be a traditional pen and paper person, there is a lot to be gained from a digital calendar. It’s a great way to schedule meetings with other people, to be reminded of upcoming commitments, and even to block out time to work on specific projects and tasks - such as updating policies and procedures.
2. Toggl Track
Do you find yourself sitting down to work on a task - like updating the Quality Improvement Plan - only to be distracted by emails or one of the 45 tabs that you have open on your screen? Toggl Track is a super easy-to-use time tracking tool that helps you stay on task and accountable to yourself. It’s a great way to see where your time is going - particularly if you are prone to saying “I didn’t have time!”
The vast majority of education and care services are on social media and it may be an important aspect of your communication with current families or your marketing to potential new families. But, so much time can be wasted when we are posting directly onto social media channels - we inevitably find ourselves heading down the rabbit hole of videos and quotes and early childhood Facebook groups. Buffer is a handy program that enables you to schedule your social media content days, weeks, or months in advance. This means that you could sit down each Monday, for example, and add all of your social media posts for the week into Buffer and then be done. Pretty simple and effective.
And of course, there is Sprout. As early childhood professionals ourselves, we know how important compliance is, and we also know how bogged down centre leaders have become with paperwork. Our vision was to create software that would mean “Less paperwork. More Time. Less Stress. More Play.” With real-time compliance checklists, hazard reporting, meaningful and actionable parent feedback, staff record keeping, incident, injury and illness reporting and so much more, Sprout is a single place for your quality and compliance work. Out of the box, Sprout holds, manages, and automates your quality and compliance work, saving you time, giving you peace of mind, and allows you to focus on what matters most - the children.
We would love to show you how Sprout can help you get your time back!
CLICK HERE for a free demo with our team.
So, what about the “non-tech” tool? Well, we created a little something to help you get out of your own head - we know that the brains of centre leaders are often swimming with ideas, tasks and possibilities.
CLICK HERE to download our free “Thought Download” tool.