A quick recap of the best practices mentioned in the Teacher Webinar.
1. Meal & Nap reporting: Do a batch update, then edit the details
Visit the Add Update screen (plus icon). Choose Food or Sleep, then:
- Select all applicable children (use "Select All" button, then un-tap as necessary)
- Adjust the meal type for the applicable meal (i.e, Breakfast, Lunch, etc.)
- Tap "Import from Menu"
- If you don't see this button, ask your Director to set up your center's menu! Type in the meal info manually if no menu loaded.
- Adjust the start time for when the children started sleeping.
- Adjust the end time to be the same as the start time. *This step is important!*
- Hint: Use the teal minute buttons to help quickly adjust the time.
- Even better trick: Do the batch update right when the kids go down, then you don't have to adjust the times!
Then navigate to the Edit Reports screen (pencil icon) to make quick edits:
For Food: Tap the green dots/words to quickly update the meal quantity for each child.
For Sleep: Tap the red nap times (they'll say "0:00") and select when to end the nap.
2. Use the Activity Planner for the fastest activity reporting
Visit the Activity Planner (book icon):
- Load up your Activity Planner with the activities for the day. You can do this in advance, or quickly the morning of!
Then, when adding an Activity update:
- Tap the "Import from Activity Planner" button.
3. Send pictures by adding photo updates
Don't use the Message Center to send photos, because they won't be added to the journal or the daily report. Instead, use the Add Updates options that allow for photos. Look for the camera icon!
4. When it comes to photos, go for quality not quantity
Photo sharing is an important part of HiMama! But there's no need to overdo it.
Check out these articles for important photo sharing tips:
5. Set an auto-send time to ensure your reports go out
Setting a report auto-send time will ensure any forgotten reports are sent out at the end of the day. Your director can do so from their Logins & Configurations page. You can learn more here.