Xplor Space listed by AFR as Top 10 Most Innovative Technology Company for 2021

Now Australia’s largest online childcare marketplace, Space is recognised for technological innovation for 2021

Xplor Education, the early childhood education platform delivering innovative software solutions to early learning services and families across Australia and New Zealand, proudly announces that it has been named sixth on the Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS Most Innovative Companies Top-10 list in the technology category. Xplor Education was chosen for the development and launch of its Space platform, an online childcare marketplace that connects childcare centres and parents with over 30,000 monthly enquiries for care. 

Mark Woodland, Xplor Education CEO, commented that being recognised for innovation is fantastic. “The pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but sometimes tough challenges push us to innovate. We’re really proud of the work we’ve done developing Xplor Space”, he said. “We’re excited to provide a platform that lists each centre’s real-time availability and fees to parents, where parents can enrol, book tours, and make enquires directly from Space.” 

Xplor Education offers Australia’s only complete ‘all-in-one’ suite of software solutions to help early childhood education centre owners and educators provide top-notch care to children and families. Over 10,500 services across Australia and New Zealand have opted to use Xplor’s tools for administration (Office), curriculum design and planning (Playground) and parent engagement (Home). Space, the online childcare marketplace developed by Xplor, helps maximise occupancy for centres while providing parents with improved access to early childcare options throughout Australia. “By combining all of these tools in a single ecosystem, parents have a seamless experience with one system—from searching for care to enrolling in care, to engaging with their centre, to paying for care. No other childcare software in Australia owns all of these components” explains Mark Woodland.   

Xplor Space continues to innovate and will be implementing a major change soon. Space will soon become the first and digital childcare marketplace to include verified reviews to users in Australia and New Zealand. Families that have attended the service for more than two months will have the ability to leave reviews directly on the platform. 

The AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies recognises industry innovators from Australia and New Zealand across ten industry lists annually. This year, 2021, marks the eighth year the top ten lists have been published in the AFR BOSS. The winners are typically announced during an awards ceremony but were streamed online on 14 October 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

During the online awards ceremony, streamed live on 14 October, presenter Julian Morrow congratulated Xplor for making its debut in the top-ten list for technology. He commented that Space is an “…innovative way of listing childcare centres with real-time availability. That’s the sort of thing that’s going to make lots of parents very, very happy.” 

About Xplor 

Advent International portfolio companies Clearent and TSG have merged to form Xplor Technologies, a superior global platform integrating software, payments and commerce-enabling solutions to help businesses succeed. Xplor offers enterprise software solutions for businesses in five fast-growing ‘everyday life’ industries: Education, Health and Fitness, Boutique Wellness, Field Services and Personal Services – and a global, cloud-based processing platform that allows clients to seamlessly and securely process payments for their services. With operations across North America, Australasia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, Xplor serves over 82,000 businesses that processed over $27 billion in payments, operating across 158 countries in 2020.  

Xplor Education serves +10,500 childcare services across Australia and New Zealand through its Xplor and QikKids brands, providing a seamless experience for educators, families and services.  

To learn more visit https://www.xplortechnologies.com/  

About Space 

Space is a childcare listing platform and parent enquiry service built to assist Australian families searching for care. It is integrated with Xplor’s enterprise software suite and is designed to deliver a positive parent experience from enquiry to enrolment. Space offers digital marketing tools to services looking to promote their services and streamlines parent-provider communication to help boost occupancy.  

To learn more, visit: https://space.myxplor.com/  

About AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies 

The Asian Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Companies has been recognising companies in Australia and New Zealand for their innovations since 2014. Inventium, Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, compiles the list of candidates and judges the competition using its unique, scientifically proven methodology. Previously awarded across all industries in Australia and New Zealand, since 2019, the AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies has compiled industry-specific lists in fields such as banking, agriculture and technology. The AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies is the only national competition of its kind. 

For more information, visit: https://mostinnovative.com.au/