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 PC devices available to help make this task easier.
The desktop is often used at centers utilizing Sandbox, to run the administrative duties like Billing, Enrolling children, and Reporting. The nice thing about buying a PC desktop is that you have many different options at many different price points. If you aren’t worried about the cost, the Microsoft Surface Studio is top of the line, with amazing functionality and a starting retail price of $2999 USD. Not to worry though, there are plenty of cheaper options like the Lenovo AOI 510 series. It has amazing ratings and starts as low as $429 USD.
Many centers will also use laptops as a mobile alternative to desktops when managing the administrative activities in Sandbox. There are plenty of mid-range laptops available in the $600-$800 USD range. They are all very comparable and your purchase decision can be based on your preferences or perhaps by taking advantage of an available sale. If you are looking for a cheaper option, there is one laptop that really stands out. The Asus Chromebook, and it starts at only $269 USD. The ultra portable laptop doesn’t have all the frills, but it can easily manage your daily tasks in web-based software such as Sandbox.
Tablets are the most popular devices used at centers because they are cost effective, mobile, and have full access to every part of Sandbox. Again, there are many different options for tablets with a wide price range, however, there are a few great options that stand out. The slightly more expensive option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. A beautiful display, 8mp camera and the octacore processor, meaning you will find the tablet quick and snappy when working on it. The two other options are more affordable, the Lenovo - Tab E10 and the Acer Iconia One 10. The displays are lower quality and the quality of photos will be lower due to the fact that they only have a 5mp camera, however, it won’t have any issues running the Sandbox Teacher app or the Timeclock. Find the product specs and website links below.
Lenovo - Tab E10
MSRP: $129.99 USD
Acer Iconia One 10
MSRP: $157.99 USD
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
MSRP: $399.99 USD
I hope you found this device breakdown helpful in your search for center devices. Keep in mind that you can also often find local deals and open box discounts if you go into stores to look at devices. If you are still in the search for childcare software, Sandbox provides full administration and parent engagement on an easy to use platform. Don't believe us? Call our bluff and try if free for 30 days.