What is MyChildAtSchool?
MyChildAtSchool is an online portal that enables parents to view their child’s performance at school in real time via any modern web browser (e.g. Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.) and for today’s busy parents, an app (for android or ios) which offers the same features.
Anytime access to Attendance, Behaviour, Assessment and student reports, letters or important documents. Student timetables alongside the school calendar and fully customisable Exam Timetables and results pages mean schools can keep parents fully informed electronically.
Communication through Push Notification (for the App), Announcements and important documents as well as enabling parent messaging to the school are all included features. Schools can engage parents with their child’s homework through the homework settings and they can use the Parent Evening bookings section to book or view their appointments.
Secure booking and Online Payments for Clubs, Trips, Wraparound before and after-school care, Dinner Money and School Shop, with multiple settings for payments and purchases. This feature rich online secure process gives schools total control over their cashless system. Even if not fully cashless in school, MCAS processes allow a school to manage and create orders manually.
The Online Payments option includes, but is not restricted to, payments with deposits, instalments and running balances, as well as the management of a range of payment types, refunds and vouchers, including Paypoint. Parents are kept informed of their balances and can receive reminders when payments are due or overdue. The whole online experience offers the same security as any online payment process and is complemented by in-school management tools. Added to this, MCAS transactions can be linked directly to Bromcom’s Finance module, and separate bank accounts added, if required.
As the process is fully GDPR compliant, parents are invited to setup their secure account, and when downloading the App, can add additional security including biometric authentication and a PIN for ease of use. Equally, schools can use the MCAS Parental Consent feature to enable parents to give/revoke their consent as required and has a feature to allow parents to inform the school of changes to their key contact details
Features & Benefits
- MyChildAtSchool.com enables parents to access their child’s information through a portal, either browser or App, promoting communication between both schools and parents, and parents and their children
- All the data is in real time so a parent can instantly see whether his/her child is in school now
- Ability to manage payments online securely for all kinds of school activities – Clubs, Trips, Wraparound Care, Dinner Money, School Shop
- Any potential truancy problems can be detected early and prevented
- Comprehensive communication between parents and schools about their child(ren)
- An excellent means for schools to communicate useful information to parents, such as upcoming school events or important documents
- Parents can update their personal contact details online so that the school always has their most up to date information
- Fully GDPR compliant with option to collect Parental consent/allow parents to revoke consent
- Schools choose which information they wish to present to parents e.g. Behaviour Events, Assessment Reports, etc.
|Feature||What it does||Benefits|
|MCAS – Dashboard||Gives parents a summary overview of key student areas by module||Parents have an at-a-glance view of the most important areas of their child’s school activity, including a menu toggle view to switch between siblings at the same school|
|MCAS – Announcements||Allows the school to communicate with all parents or focus on a selected audience based on student groups, including attaching document||Schools can target selected groups efficiently. Key documents can be made available to a selected group, such as important information for a trip, which does not affect the whole school.|
|MCAS – Attendance||Real time Attendance history and current lesson data||Parents are kept up to date live as to the Attendance of their child for any period and see any potential areas for engagement with their child or the school|
|MCAS- Behaviour||Displays positive/negative/neutral events as determined by the school||Parents have an up-to-date overview of their child’s Behaviour, both positive and negative to permit informed discussions with the school|
|MCAS – Assessment||Permits a detailed view of Assessment throughout the year||Parents can see a comparative view of their child’s progress/performance for any subject|
|MCAS – Homework|
Gives parents visibility of the homework tasks and key resources set by a subject teacher, including due dates etc
|Parents can be engaged in the learning experience with complete visibility of the homework status and feedback (if enabled by the school)|
|MCAS – On Report||Student Report card is maintained electronically and completed by a student’s teachers as they go from lesson to lesson||Parents can view and support their child’s Behaviour and engage in open discussions with the school|
|MCAS – Parents Evening||Schools can either allow parents to book their own appointments with teachers or create the appointments for parents to view only. Option to message teacher directly||Reduces school admin if parents are allowed to book their own appointments and has an option to allow parents to message a teacher directly|
|MCAS – Reports||Reports and letters can be uploaded for parents to view||Schools can go paperless for reports and letters|
|MCAS – Timetable and Academic Calendar||Timetable displays a student’s timetable; Academic Calendar will show school Events/Clubs etc.||Parents can see which lessons their child has and with whom as well as having access to school events in calendar format|
|MCAS – Online Payments||Schools can offer a fully secure online payment system for a range of school-related activities: clubs, wrap-around care, trips, dinner and school shop.|
Manual option available within MCAS Administration
|Cashless payment method reduces the risk of handling cash and has full accounting management, helping staff to manage their day to day tasks efficiently: orders, payments, balances, refunds & cancellation management|
|MCAS – Clubs, Trips and Wrapround Care||Schools can setup any type of Club or Trip, including free, paid, running balance for pre and after school care. Individual consent permissions can be sought as required||School can setup any type of activity and arrange a payment structure to fit their needs – full payment, instalments, free, running balance, including creating manual office-side orders. Refund/cancellation management available all handled as secure online transactions with full order visibility.|
Consent for specific activity can be sought over and above school standard consent process
|MCAS – School Shop||School can offer products for purchase online, controlling who can purchase and set limits, payment options etc.||School can manage uniform, & equipment sales etc.|
|MCAS – Dinners||Parents can see meals ordered/taken and make payments/top up dinner money with both credit/debit balances displayed||Dinner Money can be paid directly by parents and balances integrated automatically into Bromcom or maintained by the office where third party cashless catering is in place.|
|MCAS – Exam Results and Exam Timetables|
Allows a school to display upcoming/past timetables as well as examination results for students
|Parents can be better informed and easily keep track of their child’s Examination commitments and results|
|MCAS – Important Documents||Allows a school to upload key documents for parents which are visible in its own page to distinguish from other reports or letters||The school can keep parents informed of important, essential information in a controlled and efficient manner|
|MCAS – Parental Consent|
Allows the school to either display Parental Consent data as read only or allows it to permit parents to give/revoke their consent online
|Parents will have complete visibility of the current status of key consents requested by the school and revoke consent online, if enabled. School Administration is improved|
|MCAS – Personal Account Settings||Allows contacts to edit/update their contact details or that of their child(ren)||Reduced office burden on maintaining contact details’ records using a simple approval method to update the MIS|
|Data Collection & Admission Forms||Enable parents to submit their data, or update the data you already have||School can setup an Online Admissions form for new starters and capture information without the need for a paper form|
|App – all MCAS browser features*||Allows parents to view student data without a browser||Parents are kept informed of all student activity on the go.|
|App – Communication||Push notification and MCAS messaging||Parents notified instantly and can reply/create messages to the school via the App|
|App – Online Payments|
Secure payment option for Clubs, Trips Wraparound Care, Dinner Money and School Shop
|Balances made easier for parents to manage across a full range of school paid/free activities|
|App – Announcements||Schools can send Announcements to specific parental audience||Customisable Announcements can be directed to selected parent groups or whole school as desired|
|App – Account management||Allows a parent to add multiple accounts for children at different schools||Parent does not have to remember school account details and can switch from one to another very easily|
|App – Profile||Allows parents to control their settings and security with minimum effort||Simple and secure to maintain PIN and account settings. School details included, biometric authentication, order history and Paypoint balance|