HiMama is a fun and easy-to-use app for child care and early learning programs that are tired of the same old paperwork. HiMama provides a quick and simple way to document and share children's activities, everything from funny moments to developmental achievements, to involve parents and improve learning outcomes for children.
The app was designed based on extensive consultations with Early Childhood Educators, Supervisors and Directors of child care and early learning programs. As a result, the app, which is used on tablets by Educators in the classrooms, is both intuitive to use, as well as comprehensive in the features that it offers.
For documentation, the app helps with recording meals, naps, behavior, and activities with the ability to add photos and videos. For parent engagement, the app allows for real-time parent communications, digital daily reports and instant messaging. For reporting, the app provides attendance reports, child portfolios, and development assessments for children's developmental progress.
HiMama is an accessible child care app that is giving us the perfect way of communicating with our parents from the moment we started using it. The easy way of inserting information by our teachers and sending daily reports to our parents is ideally for our school. With just a few clicks we can keep track of attendance and even send messages to either our whole school, a specific classroom or just a selected family. With the app replacing the good old paper&pen we save a lot of time on written reports. There is also less room for error when using the app as filled in information is being stored and can be continued later. It can be accessed from any tablet or computer and is, therefore, suitable for working on-the-go and no information will be lost! We have received all positive feedback from our parents working with the app on their smartphones and especially the timeline feature with uploaded pictures and/or video is a favorite. Overall, If you are looking for a child care app we would highly recommend HiMama to anyone!
The easiest of access for us as a school with admin and teachers who work on the app daily to keep track of attendance, sending messages. And the easy way of working with it for our parents on their smartphones
The use of the calendar/schedule feature is too limited for us. We have classroom plans that change subject or activity every 30-45 min and it would be too much to insert all that information on it daily by hand for an average of 325 days a year our school is open. In the message center there is no search or filter option, so when looking for a specific message that has been sent, you have to click and look through hundreds of messages to find it. There is also no option to send messages to selected parents, it's either the whole school, the classroom or 1 family; there's no option in between.
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We have been using Himama for over a year we could not be happier! Parents love the value and the extra channel of communication that they get with the easy with the ability to send messages directly to the classroom teacher. My teachers are able to send pictures, videos and update parents on how their child is doing. Over all this application was one of the best investments we made at our Daycare, and I can truly say that no other app compares to Himama.
how easy it is to use it and how fast my teachers can input the child's information thought the day
there are a couple of options that I wish could be a little easier, which i have noted on the advice box.
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HiMama has been very well received at all three of my Little Sprouts Learning Centers. Parents are thrilled to see their children interacting in class and feel reassured to see their child settled into the program just minutes after leaving the classroom. This was especially appreciated by our new parents, as well as parents whose children were starting school for the first time.
Prior to HiMama, families received a monthly newsletter with photos, information on our monthly theme, reminders, birthdays and important upcoming dates. Now with a click of a button, the classroom teacher can send this information to parents anytime. The ability to keep updates current has helped parents ensure they are not missing important news, are less likely to forget upcoming events, and also allows them extra time to plan and prepare.
Parents find the program extremely handy as they can speak directly to the teacher through the HiMama message system. Often times moms and dads are on the run and not always able to chat during drop off and pick up, or throughout the day. HiMama keeps everyone connected, by allowing parents to send a quick message to the classroom teacher at their convenience.
Customer service at HiMama is very good and parents have found Caroline very efficient and helpful should they come across any issues. As the owner of Little Sprouts I feel the overall customer service has been excellent right from the beginning, and appreciate Ron's support in setting the system up with me back in February 2014.
Areas I would like to see improved would be to have the option to send a message to a specific group of families. Currently the options are one family or the entire classroom. I would also like the option to put music to the photos so that a DVD could be created of the child's school year. Access to all the school photos would be a wonderful option as currently we have to go into each child's report to see the entire group of class photos. Although the classroom journal does show a few pictures, I would like to be able to see all of these photos as a running stream.
Thank you to Ron and the staff at HiMama! You have made a wonderful difference to the parents and families at Little Sprouts, and I can't thank you enough!
We tried many other reporting systems for our school to severyone and communicate with our parents but Hi Mama has been hands down our favorite and our parents love it! As a director/owner of my childcare center my personal.favorite feature is that our super odors can review each entry for each student on reports overview and see if there are excited tries missing before the report get sent out to parents. We love using the observations tools to attach skills observed to pics and videos of students to help parents know more about their child's day and what they are learning. We also use the notes section for reminders and to list a few of our Learning skills from the Daily lesson plan to keep parents informed about what lessons were taught. We love Hi Mama and we would highly recommend this to you!
Reports overview feature to see all students activities in one classroom to see any missing entries.
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Is one touch in most cases but needs more flexibility and the ability to adjust a report.
Need to be able to fill out reports per child. Director/Owner needs to be able to adjust reports. People, especially Private Home Based Users will not risk losing income by a report that needs adjustment or is missing items.
Videos have proven difficult to upload.
Need to be able to add activities to students who are already checked out. As activities are sometimes added after the child has left, when the Provider has time to do the admin work.
Director Should be sent weekly or monthly reports by email that can be printed and filed.
Director should have access to printer friendly reports and the ability to see photo and activity journals per child so they can make of printed booklet for each child at the completion of the school year.
Please pay me for anymore ideas!
Sincerely, Mrs. Collins (Marys Little Lambs)
Document: Record photos, observations and activities on a tablet - 88% of customers say HiMama improves the quality of their programs.
Report: Automatically generate attendance reports, child portfolios and developmental assessment reports - 93% of customers say HiMama saves them time on reporting.
Communicate: Keep parents informed with automatic updates sent directly to their email or mobile phone - 95% of customers say HiMama fosters better communication with parents.
Modernize: Intuitive to use and simple to set up, and HiMama's team is always available to help users - 92% of HiMama customers say the app is easy to use (39% consider themselves not to be "tech-savvy").
Empower: State of the art early learning tool makes educators jobs more effective and enriching - 86% of customers say HiMama empowers them in their roll.
Delight: Real-time updates to parents with photos, videos and stories make for happy families - 98% of parents say HiMama adds to their overall satisfaction with their child care program.
Standout: Reports and portfolios make your programming shine in the eyes of parents - 97% of customers say HiMama makes them standout from other programs.
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