ChildHR Case Studies
for the early learning sector
ChildHR drives compliance and efficiency for Acorn Child Care Centre
Acorn Child Care Centre is a multi-site provider in Bundaberg, Queensland. It started operating as a single centre in 2014, but due to rapid growth, a second location was started two years later. As a result, staffing numbers doubled and the HR requirements grew exponentially. Acorn realised they needed help from ChildHR to navigate their way through the complex HR processes and improve centre performance and professionalism.
Administration and compliance created errors, duplication and ineffective management
In 2016, Acorn Child Care Centre found itself with large and growing educator numbers. This was good for business, but it meant that HR processes were slipping, and many staff were failing to meet compliance requirements. Inadequate HR tools and policies made it difficult to track team compliance, which put significant pressure on centre management and made it increasingly difficult to keep the multi-site centre operating smoothly and efficiently.
Acorn Director, Rachel Lynch, was finding it challenging to maintain HR policies and instil professional development in her staff, who are the “backbone of her business”. She also needed urgent help with employee onboarding, performance appraisals and performance management.
In particular, Rachel was finding it extremely challenging keeping track of her 70plus staff members, some of whom needed ongoing performance management. “Employees
were not complying with policy,” she says, “and at times we needed to let people go ‘correctly’. I
remember thinking, ‘We’re doing it wrong, we need help’.”
ChildHR’s tailored technology streamlined HR processes, addressed compliance and staff performance
ChildHR was called in to help Acorn streamline its HR processes and address the management of staff performance. As Australia’s only HR platform tailored to the childcare industry, ChildHR combines its early learning sector expertise with technology to drive productivity and cost savings by streamlining administration and compliance.
“I came across ChildHR at the ACA conference and fell in love with it,” says Rachel. “I showed it to our Executive and said: ‘I need help, you need help.’ So we gave ChildHR a go, and have never looked back.”
Rachel is impressed with the depth of ChildHR’s toolkit. “ChildHR’s staff performance management system shows me clearly who I’ve spoken to and when. I have all employee conversations in one place, and it’s all private and confidential. Every time I have to give a written warning, I have all the details at my fingertips,” she says.
“Performance reviews are not done on paper any more, so we can’t lose any history. ChildHR also lets me review both employee and manager comments beforehand, which makes the performance review process much quicker.”
She adds that ChildHR helps her stay on top of the childcare industry’s stringent QA4 and QA7 regulations, which come with heavy penalties for non-compliance:
“With ChildHR’s onboarding I can give an employee their requirements to review and can verify they’ve done them. The onboarding system requires employees to study the policies, then answer questions to prove they’ve read them.”
ChildHR saves management and employee time through its easy-to-use, intuitive and user-friendly system. “Each employee has their own login, giving them access to all the documentation required for their role. They can also update any personal details online, saving us from spending hours doing paperwork.”
ChildHR delivered productivity and cost savings by streamlining HR admin and compliance
There is a raft of certifications and qualifications that apply to the Australian early learning sector and sanctions for failing to meet requirements are harsh. ChildHR has significantly reduced these risks for Acorn by removing human error and providing a clear process for staff onboarding and management, including confirmation of educators’ qualifications.
Rachel is now confident with her responsibility of making sure Acorn Child Care Centre follows the National Quality Standards QA4 and QA7 and passes regular audits by the ACECQA. “The best thing about ChildHR is that if the department comes in and says they want to see staff schedules, I can go in and show them everyone’s compliance, with evidence, at the click of a button. And I don’t have to chase staff anymore.”
ChildHR helps her maintain legally compliant HR documents that are automatically updated to reflect legislative changes. This includes role-specific employment contracts, policies, letters, position descriptions and any disciplinary documentation – all written by sector experts.
It also saves Rachel and her team time by streamlining HR processes and maintaining a system that attracts, maintains and motivates her staff. The simple and easy-to-use performance appraisal system meets professional development requirements, helps her staff feel valued and allows them to get on with the important business of caring for their children.
ChildHR includes a best practice process for managing underperforming employees so she knows exactly what to do and has evidence the correct procedures have been followed.
Acorn is extremely happy with the on-call support via email, phone, video and guidebooks. “The Customer support team has been helpful,” says Rachel. They answer all of my questions and talk me through issues.”
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