Leading childcare and early learning software providers Xplor and QikKids have launched a new Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) listing platform called Space that enables families to compare services, directly enquire, book a tour and apply to a waitlist online at no extra cost.
The launch of the new cloud-based platform has been timed to coincide with the end of “free childcare” which was extended to families as part of the ECEC Relief Package announced in April by the Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan and will likely be welcomed by services that are looking to connect more easily with parents to build occupancy and fill ad-hoc spaces as needed in a more challenging operating environment.
The new platform can be seen here.
Commenting Mark Woodland, CEO of Xplor and QikKids said “For the first time ever, Space is available to any childcare and early learning provider across Australia as part of a new initiative to help the sector rebuild, regardless of which Child Care Subsidy (CCS) or administration platform they currently use.”
“In these challenging times, it’s vital to make it as simple as possible to connect Early Learning Services with families needing quality childcare, and to help childcare centre owners to fill their unoccupied places” he added.
Services listed on Space will receive all new enquiries in real-time, alongside any existing enquiries from enrolled families and will be able to utilise the platform’s intuitive, cloud-based CRM system which will allow centres to easily manage enquiries online, whether working on site or remotely.
“With the innovation and security of Space, we’re delivering real-time permanent, casual and ad-hoc enquiries to Early Learning Centres, allowing them to fill their open spaces, build their waitlists, and get the support and resources they need to promote their quality services more efficiently,” Mr Woodland said.
In addition, Space also gives ECEC services the ability to send enquiry links, organise tour bookings, either virtual or face to face, and capture enrolments directly into their existing CCS software by simply downloading a free website plugin.
“In giving parents a complete view of an Early Learning Centre, we are helping them make the best decision for their child. Space will help empower families to search and enrol in childcare and early learning services quickly and easily, without the unnecessary hassle of administration and in so doing drive additional enquiries to listed services” Mr Woodland added.
“We take our responsibility to support the rebuilding of our sector post COVID-19 very seriously and hope the launch of Space will help both services and families emerge stronger in the weeks ahead.”
To learn more about Space please click here.