You have child care hours to track, invoices to generate, and payments to deposit and record, on top of all of your other responsibilities. Keeping up-to-date child care payment logs -- and bookkeeping in general -- can be time-consuming and tedious. As a child care provider or program administrator, it’s probably safe to say that managing child care payment logs may be the administrative task you like the least, to put it mildly. The good news is that help is on the way in the form of technology.
There’s no denying the rapid influx of technology in our world--screens and devices have invaded every corner of our lives whether we like it or not. The preschool classroom included. According to a 2015 Northwestern University survey, more than half of all preschool teachers use tablets in the classroom, a number that doubled from a survey done just two years prior.
Technology in early childhood education?? Don’t our little ones already see us glued to our devices and screens enough? Don’t they already get exposed to too much technology too soon? We more than understand if you’re skeptical. But hear us out.
According to a 2015 survey done by Northwestern University, more than half of preschool teachers use tablet computers in the classroom, a number that doubled from a survey done just two years prior. This is an incredible statistic, considering that experts have long cautioned against the use of digital media with little ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics still warns against screen time for kids under 2, and recommends a limit for older kids to an hour per day of high-quality interactive media.
As a preschool teacher you juggle many tasks all day. Communicating with parents, reading to your class at circle time, tracking student progress, providing handwriting practice, quizzing students on the basics--there’s an app for that, right? Yep! From staying organized to making use of your classroom technology, here’s our guide to free back to school apps for preschool teachers.