Browse a history of updates to Kindertales. Certain updates have tutorial links to help you understand any new and improved features.
We’ve changed the Waitlist Manager to allow you to track general inquiries separately from your waitlist. The system will now be called the Inquiry Manager and have enhanced features.
Teacher Reply to Messages
Teachers using the Kindertales classroom app can also now reply to any messages they receive from staff and parents.
Change Staff Locations
You can now change the location for teacher and supervisor user types. Head to the staff manager in corporate settings where you can now see and manipulate staff lists for all locations.
New tool to allow you to build forms from scratch directly within Kindertales. Recreate any form you require for parents to fill out as part of enrollment or on-going activities.
An enhanced graphical revenue report is now available in the location and corporate portals. Differentiate between revenue types as well as export the data to a variety of formats.
This feature allows you to setup a new location and prevent any automated system messages from going out to families. Manual message tools will still allow you to send communications.
Revised Drink Activity
We’ve added more drink types to the Drink daily activity as well as the ability to record more detailed consumption amounts.
You can now track immunizations for all children in Kindertales! To learn how to enter and track immunizations read our How-To Guide on this great new feature.
Child Profile Notes
In addition to notes shared with the classroom you can now record private notes a child’s profile page for administrators only. All notes remain hidden from parents.
Enrollment Manager Upgrades
When scheduling a graduation you will now be given the option prorate the customer’s bill. Balances now move with a child when their care is ended and are transfered to a new location.
Improved Attendance Reporting
Attendance reporting has been upgraded to provide you with more detailed information including how children were checked-in or out, authorization signatures and more. Check it out in the reports section.
A detailed meal report has been added to the Reports section. The report allows you to search by a variety of filters and edit or delete any entries.
Enable and Disable Features
You now have the ability to customize Kindertales by enabling or disabling features. Depending on the feature it may alter how it works or remove it completely. Head to Settings > Features to learn more.
Changes to our Apps
Parents and Teachers now have separate apps! “Kindertales for Classrooms” is the new name of our existing app and is for care providers only. Parents can now use the all new “Kindertales for Parents” app for Android and iOS to experience Kindertales on the go.
Digital Signature Request on Check-In & Out
You can now require parents to provide a digital signature on the Classroom Tablet when you check their child in or out. Enable this feature by heading to Settings > Location.
Approve by Date
You can now specify a date that approval messages must be acknowledged by. The sent message statistics on approval messages will now tell you which customers did not submit a yes or no response after the approval date has passed.
New Restricted Supervisor Role
We’ve added a new user level called Restricted Supervisor. This role has more limited access to settings and features for their location than the traditional Supervisor role.
New Welcome Screens
When signing up for Kindertales users will now be presented with a series of welcome screens explaining the main pillars of the software.
The billing system has received a series of improvements behind the scenes to make it run smoother as well as some user interface streamlining.
One Touch Group Submit for Daily Activity and Milestones
You can now submit group daily activity and milestone entries with one tap of a button.
Bulk Activation Tool
Allows you to send the Kindertales activation email to many customers at once.
New Contact List in Messaging
We've rebuilt the contact list in messaging to allow you to save and load groups of contacts as well as more advanced sorting options.
New Billing System
The billing system in Kindertales has been completely rebuilt to be the only solution you need for managing your bookkeeping quickly and easily.
Some of the great new billing features include:
Detailed Dashboards - Get all the information you need about a child's or location's billing at a glance.
Online Billing & Payments - Allows parents to pay all their bills online. Money is quickly deposited to your account.
Bulk Tools - Use these to process transactions for many children at a single time.
Online Billing & Payments
With Kindertales, you can start collecting money from the moment you sign up. Families can pay online from their desktop or mobile device.
Some of the great new billing features include:
Automatic Payments - With auto-billing, you can charge your families credit cards or bank accounts on a recurring basis. It takes only seconds to setup.
Fast Deposits - Payments are securely deposited to your bank account in as little as two days. With no transfer minimums you can get your cash fast.
Know Your Cash Flow - You’ll always know where your money is. Kindertales summarizes recent and upcoming deposits directly on your dashboard for quick analysis.
Click here to learn more about Online Billing & Payments.
The programs in Kindertales have been completely rebuilt to allow you to create totally customized programs along with as many pricing structures as you want per program.
Some of the great new billing features include:
Totally Custom - Give programs any name you want and tag them as being before school, daytime, after school or custom.
Set Pricing - Create as many pricing schemes as you want for each program to allow for flexibility when billing parents.
Link Milestones - Milestone groups are now custom as well! Create a custom Milestone group and then link it as the default group to any programs you want.
Master Settings - Decide if your individual locations can make changes to pricing, waitlist availability and more from your corporate dashboard.
All New Messaging
The messaging system in Kindertales has been completely rebuilt to be the only solution you need for marketing to and staying in touch with your current and future customers.
New Messaging Highlights:
An extensive guide on how to use the new messaging features can be found here.
We’ve improved and added some great new functionality to the waitlist tracker.
You can now send emails to your customers directly from their waitlist entry. Replies from your customers will be added to the thread under their waitlist entry so you can easily review your communication with them.
Private notes that only you can see can also be added to the conversation thread and you can now flag waitlist entries with a star to mark them as important.
A guide on how to use the new waitlist features can be found here.
Co-Branding & Outgoing Communication Improvements
One of the most requested features is finally here!
Under your corporate settings you can now upload a company logo that will be used in out-going communications and other locations throughout the app.
Click here for a guide on uploading your logo.
Improved Outgoing Communications
We’ve also improved the look of a large number of outbound communications from Kindertales.
Parents will now receive much nicer looking emails with your logo on them when they get updates on things like daily activities, milestones and more.
Waitlist Widget Name
The name on the waitlist widget that you can embed on your site will now be pulled from your corporate location name in corporate settings.
Revamped Attendance Monitor
The attendance monitor which you can find on the supervisor dashboard and attendance pages has been given a big face lift. The second column in the monitor now displays the number of children who are physically present in all your classrooms and common areas and the total number of children enrolled for each room. The second column shows the number of teachers checked into each location as well.When moving a child to a common area teachers will now be prompted if they’d like to check-in to that common area. The ratio of children to teachers is also displayed as a ratio of number of children per teacher in a location.
Upgraded Attendance Page
We have also upgraded the desktop attendance page for supervisors to more closely match how attendance is presented on the tablet. Each classroom’s attendance list is now broken out into multiple sections based on where children from that room are located. Check-in and out times are color coded so you can quickly see at a glance which children and teachers are checked-in/out and which children had any visual concerns recorded at check-in.
Milestone Reports - View Tutorial
Development Report: This report allows you to specify a date range and be presented with a detailed report for all of the achieved and attempted milestones for a specific room.
You can choose to create a report for one child or all the children that achieved milestones for the selected dates and room.
A print version is also available that leaves space for making notes.
Photo Report: This report allows you to specify a date range and room which then presents you with of all the milestone photos taken for that period and location.
Photos can then be tagged to be included in a print version of the report which has details of the achieved or attempted milestone.
Staff Check-In History Report
This report allows you to specify a date range, room and staff member to view and edit a detailed report of all their check-in times and locations for that time period.
You can also set the report to show all rooms and/or all staff members.
The report will provide totals for hours worked and allow you to print the report in Excel, CSV or ISF format for importing directly into Quickbooks or other payroll software applications.
Staff are able to submit requests for check-in entry edits from their tablets. Supervisors can instantly approve or deny the request from their news feed or use the history report to make the edit manually.
Incident, Accident, Illness Report Printing
Incident, accident and illness reports have been improved to fit on one page when being printed. The incident report will still print the diagram graphics on separate pages however.
Updated Checklist User Interface
We have updated the look and feel of the checklist section on the teacher tablet to be more user friendly.
Messages to Parents Now Include Email
All messages sent to parents via the messaging section in Kindertales will now be received as a Kindertales messages and as an email to the parent.
Teacher Common Area Check-In
Teachers can now check-in to common areas by either moving a child to a common area or going to the teacher check-in page and using the drop down to choose a common area.
Teacher Tablet Interface
We listened to the feedback of over 600 early childhood educators and spent the last year rebuilding the classroom tablet portion of Kindertales.
All new view of the attendance area sorts children into their present location. Makes it easy to see who is visiting another room, out on a walk or playing in the playground.
Teachers Check-In and Ratio Tracking
Teachers can now check in and out of the system when they start and end work. As teachers move around in the center their location is tracked and displayed on the supervisors dashboard next to their room. Now supervisors can quickly see if they are getting close to going out of ratio.
Send Photos with My Day
One of the most requested features has been a quick way to send a photo of a child to their parents. We've enhanced the "My Day" daily activity report to do just this! The option to delete the entry in case the wrong photo goes out is also included. Head to Daily Activity on your teacher tablet now to try it out.
Teacher Tablet Enhancements
Drop-Off Request Approval
Contact & Support
To provide caregivers with the tools needed to spend less time managing the facility and more time sharing their love and knowledge with the children they care for. At Kindertales we're dedicated to enhancing and enriching the early childhood experience.
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