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7 Tips to Speed Up Managing Your Registration or Waiting List Process

80% of sales require 5 or more follow-up phone calls. How many times are your staff contacting families before they register? 

These days, your busy nursery staff don’t have time to follow up with every lead and nurture them until they register for care or join your waiting list. But don’t let their busy to-do lists keep them from registering new leads and increasing revenue.  

Use marketing automation to cut down on tedious and time-consuming registration tasks, allowing you to save staff time and ensure no lead slips through the cracks. Automate and improve the parent experience for all the families in your pipeline. With these tips, speed up your registration or waiting list process

1) Organise leads in a central hub 

Did you know businesses spend roughly 8 hours every week managing paper?  

Trying to manage family information, leads, and communications with spreadsheets, sticky notes, and paper wastes valuable time.  

To avoid this, you need to store and access your family information in a centralised place. With improved organisation, you’ll communicate quicker. Find a childcare solution that enables you to build a seamless registration journey across nursery locations, see all your essential family information at a glance, and efficiently manage and assign follow-up tasks and tours.  

family hub
 Example family hub

2) Automate capturing and responding to parent inquiries

A slow speed to response rate can reduce the number of families that tour or register with your nurseries and negatively impact your waiting list process. Parents need to know that you’re attentive and that you care about their children. Top-performing nurseries respond to new enquiries within 15 minutes or less, on average. Plus, you can effortlessly capture phone calls and voicemails from leads to gain more prospective families and acquire additional training resources for new staff - all with Telephony

Then, show you’re invested in a family with quick, automated responses. That way, you’ll gain a competitive advantage and won’t lose a family to the nursery down the street.  

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Two-way texting feature in ChildcareCRM 

3) Let parents schedule their own tours 

Scheduling tours is a challenge. Your staff spend countless hours on the phone with families each week, trying to find times that fit both their schedules. Meanwhile, parents book all their other appointments online. From nail salons, to doctor’s offices, to the vet – today’s modern parents want to schedule appointments at their own convenience, rather than wait for a call back to confirm their touring time.   

The tour is the family’s first impression of your nursery and your staff. Ensure it’s a positive experience by making the entire process easy and accessible. 

Simplify the tour experience by including an online tour scheduler on your website. Parents can schedule their own tour and receive automated confirmation and reminders which increase the likelihood of parents showing up for the tour. Plus, parents can only choose from time slots that you or your staff have selected, so you never have to worry about families showing up when a staff member isn’t available.  

The faster parents can schedule and complete tours, the higher the conversion rate. In our 2022 Building Blocks for Success report, we found that 75% of ChildcareCRM users’ tours take place within 24 hours and the top performers convert 76% of their completed tours to registered or waiting listed.  

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Screenshot of Parent-Scheduled Tours calendar on the website of actual ChildcareCRM user - School for Amazing Kids 

4) Schedule follow-up text messages & emails to remain top of mind with your waiting list 

Active families in your registration journey – especially waiting list families – require a lot of lead nurturing and attention to ensure they don’t enquire for care elsewhere. The waiting list process can be lengthy, so it's vital to find ways to keep families engaged.

Waiting list communications should be personalised to help establish that interpersonal connection. This means that they need to include the parent’s name and/or child’s name either at the beginning of the email or within the body text.  

Tip: with a childcare CRM, you can customise and store waiting list email templates, and then automate when they’re sent out and to whom. Check out our suggested ideas for waiting list content to send your families below. 

  • Family Success Stories and Testimonials: Get quotes or happy stories from families in your nursery using an online survey. Then, share the positive results with your waiting list families. Also check sources like Google, Yelp, and Facebook for the positive feedback you’ve received in the past that you can share with your audience.   
  • Unique Programs and Classes. For example, explain the significance of your nursery’s multi-sensory toys, why your classrooms are arranged in a certain way (to promote positive interactions and teamwork, etc.), or highlight the programs you offer that other nurseries don’t (such as going outside and showing toddlers the basics of gardening). This helps set you apart from the competition and positions you as the number one place for their child to be.   
  • Captivating Video Content: Parents love getting a glimpse into what a day looks like at your nursery. Give a ‘day in the life’ tour – show off a classroom, explain where drop off and pick up happens, highlight age-appropriate food options for lunch, and even introduce them to some of your teachers or staff.
  • Parenting and Daycare Resources: Show your childcare business’s personality by sending an email roundup of helpful social media accounts or blogs with parenting tips for families to follow. Including a bit of a ‘why I like them’ will allow people to get to know you more.
  • Weekly updates: perform a waiting list check once a week with your newly waiting list families to remain top of mind. Include personalisation tokens like the parent's name and child's name. A well-written letter or email with personalised names and information makes your parents feel welcome - even before the child starts their first day. Example email template
Example email template 

5) Streamline your waiting list process with digital registration to meet parent expectations 

Don't waste time on paperwork—sending reminders, deciphering handwriting, and chasing down missing information from families. Easily keep waiting listed families moving along your registration journey. 

Collect digital forms for daycare registration and waiting lists by simplifying your registration process. Make the registration process convenient, quick, and easy for families to increase registration rates.  

  • Capture essential registration information online like family information, emergency contacts, consent and agreements, and medical information. 
  • Include required state forms as part of your online registration packet. 
  • Let parents e-sign documents once forms are completed to save time. 
  • Allow parents to self-serve by completing forms at their convenience. Plus, parents can access documents anytime, anywhere online. 

Example digital registration forms

Example digital registration forms 

6) Let families pay application and waiting list fees online

Collecting pre-registration payments is typically confusing for families – and this is the stage in your registration journey where many of them will fall out of your pipeline. Today’s parents want convenience, simplicity, and digital payments. Let parents pay the way they want with credit card, debit card, or direct debit (ACH) and avoid friction by instantly collecting fees with an automated payment processing system. 

Example online payment system for pre-enrollment fees
Example online payment system for pre-registration fees

7) Use a childcare CRM solution to streamline registration and waiting list management 

ChildcareCRM is your all-in-one solution to effortlessly manage leads, enhance registration, and manage waiting lists with ease. Improve communications, so your waiting list families (as well as all families in your pipeline) feel attended to. Easily keep the families in your pipeline engaged, so they have a positive parent experience. 

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Meet The Author

Hope Dasher is a marketing professional with years of SEO content writing and social media strategy experience. With a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Dallas in Psychology and Child Development and an emphasis in language, she has extensive knowledge in the childcare system, effective marketing strategies, and copywriting. Hope serves as a copywriter for ChildcareCRM’s marketing team.

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