Tuesday, 10 February 2015

All about KindyPortal

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post!

My name is Kate, I'm a web developer and mother of three young 'uns. At the moment I must admit it's my mothering role that's got most of my attention. Two year olds may be cute but oh my gosh they can wear you out. Add in a rambunctious four year old and a seven year old with special needs and yikes, my "me time" is out the window. But today I've been having one of those rare mornings where all of the kids are out of the house at school, kindy and daycare so I can sit down and actually drink my whole cup of coffee - it's these small pleasures that keep me going.

filesBut enough about me. I'd like to tell you about a rather exciting project I've been working on. Some of you may already be using KindyPortal, but for those that aren't, here's a quick run-down of what it's all about.

KindyPortal gives you an online, interactive way to write Kindergarten documentation and collaborate with parents. It's got ePortfolios, parent interaction, curriculum documents, photos, transition statements - you name it, we probably have it. And we're constantly working to add features and make it as easy to use as possible. We love to hear from our users (and anyone who's interested in checking it out) so if you've got a great idea for a new feature, you're not sure how to do something or you just want to say hi, please send us an email or give us a call.

Oh, and did I mention we've also found that it's a fantastic way for Kindergartens to demonstrate to the Office of Early Childhood (for those in Queensland) that they're meeting NQF standards (in particular Quality Areas 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7).

Here at KindyPortal we're big into letting you guys try things out so you can decide for yourself if we have what you need. You can head over to our website and click Start Using KindyPortal for a free, no obligation trial for the rest of this term. Test things out and let us know what you think!

If you'd like some face-to-face training, we've got lots of Information and Training days lined up - take a look at our Information and Training Day schedule for 2015. These sessions include lots of information about what KindyPortal is and how you can use it to take the hassle out of documentation and throughout your NQF journey. There's also specific training for you, our existing customers, to introduce you to some of the more advanced features. At the moment we've got sessions planned in and around Brisbane including Red Hill, Bayside, Ipswich, Gold Coast and North Coast, and one in Townsville too. If you live further afield and you'd like to host a KindyPortal Training Day at your Kindergarten, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.

Well that's all for now. Hope you're off to a flying start this term!