Four ways Sprout can help you build ‘Meaningful engagement with families’
According to ACECQA, exceeding practice is embedded in service operations, informed by critical reflection and shaped by meaningful engagement with families and/or the community.
For your service to be rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard, each of these three themes must be present and visible across all seven quality areas and it is therefore essential the service leaders and their teams work together.
In this article we are going to focus on the third theme practice should be - shaped by meaningful engagement with families and/or the community - and examine how a Quality Management System like Sprout can foster better links with families and the community in a respectful and professional manner, that ultimates supports a strength of engagement that will ensure exceeding success.
Sprout sends out notifications as soon as their child has been in an incident
As part of the Sprout Quality Management System educators are able to upload the key details of an incident report which are then formatted into a notification which is sent to families.
So parents know instantly if their child has been involved in an incident, giving details of location, time, general activity happening when the incident took place, which educators witnessed the incident.
This is really valuable to any parent and will help support the building of trust and appreciation between the reporting educator and the family.
Sprout contacts parents parents for updates for you
Another great Sprout feature is that it is programmed to automatically send parents notices that records, reports and documentation need updating in advance of their expiry.
This means at no point will there be out of date immunisation certificates and the like because Sprout keeps track of it all and as a result parents will not just be impressed the centre is acting efficiently in all areas but also they will be comfortable that their children’s health and wellbeing is very much in hand.
Both of these are helpful in building trust and engagement.
A complete snapshot of a children’s needs with both parent and educator input
Sprout prides itself on just how open its platform is.
Educators are able to update the profile of a child with any specific cultural or linguistic needs and families can then go into the app to see the records themselves.
This ensures that at all times the children, the parents and the educators are on the same page and when there is unity and consistency like this engagement levels tend to be very high.
No more permission slips - Sprout makes giving permission super easy
And finally the Sprout system has a very useful permission system enabling families to easily update their preferences around things like excursions and events using a simple and intuitive consent form.
Once again Sprout is focused on making life as easy as possible for both leaders and parents but ensuring that their children’s safety is 100 per cent safeguarded from a compliance and regulation perspective.
In all instances trust is continually built and parent’s engagement will rise.
To explore this theme further the guide to the NQF contains lots of useful guidance and tips.
The Sprout team is always keen to hear more about how we can improve our offering to better suit the needs of your team, in encouraging engagement with families and the community. Book a demo today and tell us more about how we can help you on your journey to excellence.
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.