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June Newsletter

by Danielle Cropley | 16th July 2020

Dear Blossomers,

This month we have seen the reopening of many nurseries and an increase in occupancy figures across the board. As staff and parents become more familiar with the new normal, it is the children that are forever surprising us. Their confidence, resilience and excitement for returning to nursery life is something that has carried us through the change and uncertainties.

As always, the Blossom team have been working hard to collate & prioritise your feedback and this month, we have a few new feature additions & enhancements to introduce.

Enjoy.
The Blossom Team

Occupancy Report​

Earlier in the month, we released an update to the Weekly Occupancy Report. In case you missed it, here’s a recap!

Click More > Occupancy > Occupancy Report > Weekly

There are three new tick boxes with the following functions.

Absences (Default off)

You will see the children who have been marked as absent on your register.

Holidays (Default on)

You will see children who have been marked as on holiday on the register.

Extra Sessions (Default on)

You will see children who have booked extra sessions within the child profile or on the register.

When selecting all options, you will see the table below. Let’s show you through each row.

Click the arrow on the top row to open or close the attendance details.

Children

This is the amount of children who are expected into nursery with all holidays, absences and extra sessions taken into consideration.

Predicted

This is the amount of children who were due to be in nursery with holidays, absences and extra sessions excluded.

Holidays , Absences and Extra Sessions

This is the amount of children on holiday, absent or attending an extra session on any given day.

FTE percentages are calculated based on children’s session sets and do not factor in extra sessions, holidays and absences.

How is the FTE % calculated I hear you say?

First, work out your total opening hours in 1 week. (10 hours x 5 days = 50 hours)

Next, multiply your total opening hours (50 hours) by the room capacity (10 children) = 500 total hours.

Lastly we want to work out the percentage difference between your total hours available (500) and total hours used.

For our example, 5 full time children, 250 hours used. This is half of your total hours, your FTE is 50%.

Accident & Incident Reports​

Date Pickers & Filters

You are able to reflect on a time period of your choice and see the total amount of reports written. Filters can be enabled to see the type of report and the staff members supervising when these accidents and incident occurred.

Statuses

There are 4 different report statuses. These are Draft, Approved, Signatures Needed and Approval Needed. To understand what these mean in more detail, please see below.

Draft

Reports that have not yet been completed.

Approved

All signatures have been collected and the report has been approved by a Manager. There are 4 different report statuses. These are Draft, Approved, Signatures Needed and Approval Needed. To understand what these mean in more detail, please see below.

Signatures Needed

The report has been completed but is awaiting for 1 or more signatures.

Approval Needed

Complete reports that have been submitted to a Manager for approval.

There are some BIG changes to the Accident & Incident Reports. We have improved the design, navigation and, drum roll please … added digital signatures! Let’s take you on a tour:

Click More > Accidents and Incidents

Add your chosen title and select the amount of children involved. If you are selecting 1 child, this will create an Accident Report and if selecting more than 1 child, this will create an Incident Report.

How to create an Accident of Incident Report

Click +Create to open the screen below.

You can write the details of the accident or incident inclusive of the risk assessment.

There is the ability to change the date and time and you are able to
select the staff members involved. This includes:

  • Staff Supervising
  • Witness
  • First Aider
  • Senior in charge at the time

Once you have completed the report, you are able to send to a Manager for approval or, if you have the correct access level, you are able to approve the report yourself.

Paper Signatures

If you are collecting signatures on paper, select the toggle to specify when the staff member or parent has signed.

Digital Signatures

Click Add Signature next to each staff member or parent. They can use their finger or stylus to sign onto the tablet.

Reports can be exported & printed from the platform in the format of a PDF. If the report is amended on the platform, signatures will need to be obtained again as the report has be edited and the changes will need to be acknowledged.

Tell us what you think!

We are currently obtaining feedback for the new Accident and Incident Reports! We would like to know how you are using the feature operationally, aspects you like and are helpful & areas you would like us to improve and why.

Access Levels

We have improved our Staff Access Levels.

Click More > Staff > Edit Pencil.

You are only able to downgrade your access level and can not self upgrade. This is an extra security measure we have added to the platform.

£200 Amazon Voucher if you Refer a Nursery

Do you know a nursery who would benefit from using Blossom?

If so, click More > Refer Blossom!

If your referral signs up with us, you will receive a £200 Amazon Voucher, that’s right, £200. A thank you from Blossom to you.

Our Help Centre

Last month we refreshed our Help Centre with new articles, step by step guides and tutorial videos from the Blossom Team. If you haven’t explored our Help Centre already, click the button below to access answers to your questions, at your fingertips!

If you have any further questions, would like to submit your
feedback or would like to speak to a member of the Blossom Team:
• Click the ‘?’ on the right hand side of your platform
• Email support on support@blossomeducational.com
• Or call us on 01923 545 200.

Missed Last Month’s Newsletter?

Feature on our Website

This month we carried out a Case Study on Banana Moon Franchise who have been using Blossom for coming up to 2 years. Hear what Operations Manager, Carly Garrett had to say about their Blossom experience!

Are you enjoying using Blossom and want to let the world know? Send us a short video of your journey and experience with us. Why did you choose Blossom? Why do you remain a loyal customer?

For those who are a little camera shy, do not worry, you can still take part! Why not send a testimonial to the Service Team on support@blossomeducational.com. Tell us about your onboarding story, perhaps your favorite features or even a member of staff that has made your experience memorable. We want to hear from you!

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Are you a parent?

Please contact your nursery for more information or view our parents page below

Considering reopening your setting?​

Download our free Nursery Risk Assessment Template.

Our COVID-19 Nursery Risk Assessment form was created by our experienced nursery managers to create a safe and happy nursery environment. Always read advice from your Local Authority for information in your area.

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Download our free Nursery Risk Assessment Template.

Considering reopening your setting?​

Coronavirus created a number of difficult challenges for our sector, but as we begin to emerge on the other side, we must consider how to prepare for reopening.

Our COVID-19 Nursery Risk Assessment form was created by our experienced nursery managers to create a safe and happy nursery environment. Always read advice from your Local Authority for information in your area.