Childcare management software provider Xplor Child Care & Education has confirmed a new fully mobile programming and planning feature for Playground, Xplor’s Educator Platform, as it continues to deliver on its promise to invest across its early childhood education and care (ECEC) software ecosystem.
“We are very pleased to announce this important upgrade to Playground,” said Matt Varley, GM Xplor Childcare & Education.
“In 2023, we are making a commitment to our user community that we will listen carefully to their needs and strive to ensure that our core business delivers on our mission to make great childcare software for leaders, educators and parents.”
“As we approach the end of the year, this important addition to Playground is a great example of us keeping our promises. The update will be a real value for educators, saving a lot of time and ultimately providing more space for them to to deliver top quality early learning to the children in their care.
Observations, documentation, canvases and tables now all mobile enabled
Playground, Xplor’s educator platform, enables ECEC providers to streamline day-to-day duties for educators and staff. It facilitates parent involvement and assists educators with documentation and compliance.
Initially, the app focused on tracking health events and other health and safety documentation, giving parents peace of mind. However, to access programming and planning functions, educators had to log into the Playground web platform on their computers.
The new release brings scheduling and planning functionality to the iOS version of the Playground app, giving educators the flexibility to document learning outcomes as they occur, in real time, allowing educators to access observations, documentation, canvases and Allow tables on their mobile devices. improved programming and planning.
Educators can now track and report each child’s learning outcomes and achievements with visually appealing documentation, making it much easier to share learning journeys with parents and especially educators providing creative means to create impressive planning documents.
“Direct access to programming and planning records through the Playground app means educators can create meaningful documentation and record experiences with more flexibility,” explained Kirsten Holland, General Manager of Program and Practice at Catholic Early Ed Care.
“The app allows educators to interact with the platform in ways that suit them best, saving time and supporting increased engagement with Playground and shared decision-making with children,” she added.
Listen to educational experts informed details of playground additions
As well as seeking feedback from its extensive user community on how to improve their existing software solutions, the team at Xplor have also actively consulted with educational experts on how best practice standards can be used to take the playground experience to the next level.
“When digital platforms respond to the nature of the work of educators in early childhood education settings, documentation can become more meaningful and accessible,” Dr. Melinda Miller, Director of Early Learning at First Five early learning said
“The evolution of Playground web functionality and the app is responsive to the time-critical nature of educators’ work, a need for flexibility in how documentation is accessed and recorded, and opportunities to engage with digital documentation in more innovative ways to work for and with children,” she added.
Consistent with Xplor’s commitment to listening carefully to users and experts on ways to deliver on its overall mission to empower educators, and the early education sector at large, Dr. Miller’s feedback was central to the results of this important playground improvement.
To take advantage of the new features, users must update their Playground app version 2.14.0 on their iPad or Apple mobile device. After the update, educators can complete education programming and planning tasks in the app, no matter where they are. To learn more about how Playground can benefit childcare services, book a demo or visit the website.