There’s no doubt that a school app can make a significant difference to how, what and when a school communicates a variety of information. But how does it help parents themselves? Does it make that much of a difference?
In many homes today, both parents tend to work and we all seem to be leading increasingly busy lives. If you’re trying to juggle home and work life and get the right balance, you need all the help you can get.
Better communication, should theoretically allow parents to manage their time better and ensure they are more intimately engaged with what their kids are doing at school. Nearly all of us have some form of smartphone or tablet and greater connectivity across the board means we can communicate and access information on the move at any time of day.
If you’re a busy parent who is rushing from meeting to meeting, trying to juggle several jobs at once or even working from home, having relevant information at your fingertips is a godsend.
A school app can inform you through immediate notifications. For example, if there’s been a change to the timetable or you need a reminder that certain equipment is to be taken into school, you can get that information delivered straight to your smart device.
It’s not just a one way process either. You can quickly log into the school system and see what’s coming up over the next week. Perhaps your child will be staying late one evening which means you need to plan your evening meal for later. Maybe there’s going to be a training day and the school will be closed so you have to organise some child care.
The good news is that there’s nothing complicated about all this.
Once parents are aware there’s an app, they can easily download it and start engaging with the system you have set up. That app can be tailored to specific needs and should mean there’s much greater control if you have the right strategy in place.
While arranging an appointment, a parent can quickly check their app to make sure there’s nothing clashing on that day. If they’re working flexible hours, they can easily use the app to organise their office hours. If you’re a school running special events such as the Christmas play or the summer sports day, you can ensure better attendance because parents get notifications and reminders in a timely manner.
You can even make parents feel more involved by getting their feedback on certain issues through surveys.
However wide ranging your communication via a school app is, there’s no doubt that it helps busy parents organise their time better. It’s given schools greater scope and many have developed new communication strategies that are designed to bring parents on board at a deeper level.
For parents, it means they always have the information they need at their fingertips and which helps them run their lives, whether that’s simply organising the evening meal, making sure homework is done or taking part in events throughout the year.
Find out how creating a school app can transform the lives of parents today.