Excellence made easy 4 reasons why adopting Sprout frees time and boosts quality
When the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) changed the criteria for the Excellent rating in 2018, they decided on three words to capture the essence of what it means to be an Excellent rated service - Enhance, Innovate and Celebrate.
While being innovative might not be the first thing you think about when it comes to the daily compliance needs of a service, there is an innovative way to enhance the speed and efficiency of the “have to” work of compliance, while also celebrating all the little things that make your service stand out from the rest.
Sprout was created to do just that. The Sprout Quality Management System’s primary objective is to support centres with their quality management needs and here are four reasons why it can drive quality at your centre:
1. Say goodbye to tracking spreadsheets, say hello to Sprout!
That spreadsheet you use to remind you of when the Working with Children Checks expire or to list when you need to renew your food licenses will be history once you have adopted the Sprout way.
Sprout is entirely app based and incredibly easy to use. When an expiry is approaching an alert is sent out and that creates a prompt to take action and renew.
Not only will this ensure no expiry is missed, but will also free up time to focus on other areas of importance in your centre, both of which support better quality outcomes in the end.
2. No more paper, no more folders, welcome to a truly paper free compliance world
It is one thing to talk about going paperless, and quite another to actually go paperless. But using Sprout going paperless really means going paperless.
The plastic sleeve full of yard check forms, that then gets put in a folder and left on a sideboard. Yes, that very same folder that you scramble for when an authorised officer arrives to do a spot check will be gone in a Sprout enabled world.
By adding all templates to the easy to use Sprout App, there will be zero paper, zero folders and zero panic. Simply open the app, navigate to the check list folder and boom, there will be one impressed officer reviewing your work.
3. Has Helen completed the first aid review? No need to ask now, just check Sprout
Because Sprout operates in real time and covers all compliance requirements it becomes the source of truth when looking to find out if a task or process has actually been created.
That basically means there is no more calling around rooms asking staff if they have done a yard check, completed a first aid review quarterly, or updated the MSDS for the new paints which just arrived for the art room - it’s all done for you.
That means more time, less oversights and better quality. A winning combination.
4. Incident reporting with Sprout - Its a game changer
As well as noting what has been done, Sprout reminds busy leaders and educators of what remains outstanding.
The incident report you started, and then stopped because you needed to comfort a child, and then completed, but forgot to get signed...and did you need to send it through to the Regulatory Authority…?
Sprout manages that process, every step of the way - sending it off where it needs to be, making sure that parents receive a digital copy, and ensuring that it is tucked safely in that child’s file, ready to be pulled out again if it’s ever needed.
Less headaches, more headspace - it doesn’t have to be a dream!
There’s finally a “one stop shop” which not only ticks the compliance boxes, but which has been tailor made for busy ECEC professionals. One less thing to worry about, and one more reason to breathe out and say “2021? We got this!”
Author Freya Lucas, The Sector
Freya is the editor of The Sector, and has over 20 years of experience in education and care services. Her previous roles as an early childhood teacher, primary teacher, and ECEC operations manager giving her a unique insight into the ECEC sector at all levels.