Using management software at your child care center is a great way to be more efficient and to save you time. Although there is some work required initially to get up and running, the move to using technology will be worth your time and effort. The first step is finding child care management software that best meets the needs of your center. Once you have selected your software of choice, you will need to ensure that you have the appropriate devices to run it. Here’s a breakdown of the different Apple devices available to help make this task easier.
When working in Sandbox, desktop computers are a great option for working on more intensive tasks such as billing parents, enrolling children and generating reports. The all-in-one iMac is an excellent computer and it looks great too! It starts at $1099.00 USD and has many different hardware upgrade options. The beauty of using web-based software is that any new computer should run it well, since the software is accessed through your web browser and is much less demanding on your computer.
Apple’s most popular laptop is the Macbook Pro, however, if your looking for a cheaper or more portable option, you may want to look at the Macbook Air. Starting as low as $999 USD, this device is light, easy to pack up and powerful enough to complete your daily management tasks. If you want something a bit more powerful, the Macbook Pro is a great option and starts at $1299 USD.
Tablets such as the Apple iPad are a very popular choice for our clients who are looking to use Sandbox on devices in their classrooms. Tablets are the best choice for running the Sandbox Timeclock, and are also a great option for our Sandbox Teacher App, which helps Teachers complete daily activities such as tracking attendance, messaging parents and posting to the parent Newsfeed. We recommend the smaller, less expensive iPads, with a 9.7 inch display starting at $329 USD and the iPad Mini with a 7.9 inch display starting at $399 USD.
One of the iPhones most notable features is its high quality camera. If you are looking to post stunning photos to the Newsfeed for your parents to view, you may be interested in having your teachers use their phones in the classrooms. Due to the smaller screen sized and touch keyboards, phones aren’t ideal for completing comprehensive administration tasks, however they are an excellent choice for running the Sandbox Teacher App. The cheapest iPhone option is the iPhone SE which boasts a 12mp camera compared to the iPad’s 8mp camera and it starts at $399 USD. If you are willing to spend a little more, you can upgrade with one of the newer options like the 6S or 7’s with a moderately higher price point.
Part 2 will include the best PC device options for running Sandbox.