So much of parenting involves administrative responsibilities that we should hardly be surprised that most of us end up completely exhausted by the end of the day.
And that's before the little ones even enter the school gates.
And once the school-going journey kicks off, all bets are off and life then becomes a careful juggling act: upcoming school events, fees, and teacher-parent meetings, not to mention worrying about how your child is doing academically.
That's why these apps are so genius.
Here are three incredibly useful school apps you should know about if admin and finance give you the heebie-jeebies.
It's great because you get to pre-order healthier meal options for your children instead of hoping they don't spend everything on sweets, the tuck shop vendor can plan ahead, and the system eliminates the need for your kids to carry cash.
Take a look at the video below to see how it works:
TAPTUCK app is currently only available at selected schools like Virginia Preparatory School, Northlands Primary School, and Danville Senior in KwaZulu-Natal, but will soon be available nationally.
Visit www.taptuck.co.za to find out more.
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Civvies days, cake sales, school photos and class outings are just a few of the school events that require you to send money in an envelope. A new app alerts you to the new event and also allows you to make a payment.
It's another cool cashless tech app that makes paying a breeze, and it's pretty simple to use.
Your school will send you your child's unique Karri ID, which you use to register on the app, and you'll preload your credit card details. Every time the school creates an event using the Karri app system, you'll receive a notification on your smartphone.
All you need to do is log in and press pay. The teacher gets notified and all is well in the world, while other parents who haven't yet paid will receive notifications. No more lengthy Whatsapp group convos!
This is how easy Karri is to use:
For more details visit www.karri.co.za
The Engage School App
How many times have you forgotten about an upcoming school meeting, wondered about outstanding school fees, or even how to get in touch with a teacher?
The Engage School App is the perfect go-between yourself and your child's school, keeping you informed about every aspect of parent-school admin.
The app provides you with access to lesson timetables, your child's school attendance record, upcoming school events and meetings.
The Bishop Bavin School and Kingsmead College in Johannesburg, as well as St Cyprian's School in Cape Town, are just a few schools currently signed up with the Engage School App.
Find out more by visiting www.engagesmis.co.za.
What technology has made your life simpler when it comes to keeping up with your child's school administrative and financial responsibilities? Tell us by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org and we could publish your advice.
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