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iPad Support for BumbleBee Child Care Software

Children, seemingly, are natural touch screen device users. Child Care directors and administrators are getting into the game too using iPads increasingly for administrative functions.

While early childhood educators are still working out the best ways to integrate touch screen devices with their curriculum, there is no debate that tablets like the iPad are making inroads into the administrators’ and directors’ offices. We have two BumbleBee customers who are now using iPads in their childcare centers. The good news is BumbleBee child care management software looks great on the iPad.

Now that we have an iPad to test with, it will be easier for us to support child care directors who use the iPad as one of their primary devices in the office.

One of the benefits of being a modern, web-based software is that BumbleBee will run on just about any device with a browser. The browsers on tablets like the iPad or the Google Nexus tablet will run BumbleBee with little trouble. You can even create a shortcut on the home screen to jump directly to BumbleBee.

Having a tablet allows child care administrators to do the following with BumbleBee child care management software:

  • Take the families online application with you when you do a tour. That way, you can refer to vital data like their preferred schedule and desired start date.
  • Let parents apply online, with the iPad. Skip the paper application altogether. Have them fill out the application in BumbleBee right there in your director’s office.
  • Record notes on the go. One of the most well-loved features about BumbleBee is the ability to take notes and associate them with the family record. When a family calls, you can easily record notes in the classroom or wherever you might be when you take the call. We know directors and administrators do not have the luxury of relaxing in your office to deal with problems.
  • Review and approve pending enrollment applications with a few touches.

What are you using iPad’s for in your child care center?

PS – If you are looking for great ways to use iPad’s and technology for early childhood education, head over to ecetech.net.

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Jeff is the Director of Marketing and Co-founder of BumbleBee Childcare Software. He lives in Cambridge, MA, in the United States. You can hear more from Jeff on Twitter and Google +.

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