No parent needs to be reminded that going anywhere with young children in tow is a little like handling a traveling circus. You have to worry about snacks, toys, extra clothes, a diaper back, a stroller — it’s exhausting. In short, you have to be ready for any situation short of an apocalypse.
That’s why a lot of consumer-oriented organizations, from retail to hospitality, have added daycare areas to enrich the customer experience. Instead of carting around kids—and all that kid paraphernalia—parents now have the ability to drop them off to play while they shop, dine, attend a church service or catch a movie.
Technology has made these mini-nurseries even more popular by allowing parents to stay in close touch with caregivers while they’re away. With modern paging solutions, parents are never more than a message away, if needed.
Check out how these three types of businesses employ paging and other technology to improve the experience in public childcare settings:
We’ve all seen toddlers melt down in the middle of a mall. It makes onlookers wince in sympathy for both child and parent. And many know that parents with young children often have few options aside from riding out the storm.
Fortunately, we’re starting to see more shopping mall nurseries. Even some stand-alone stores, such as Ikea, have added a kid-friendly zone that allows parents to get their shopping done faster, sans kids.
Leaving a baby, especially a newborn, in a public nursery is nerve-racking for many parents. You don’t want to be out of touch in case there’s a problem the nursery workers can’t handle. To save needless worry, nurseries have started using paging systems to alert parents in case they are needed. Parents can hold a small paging device while they’re away, maintaining peace of mind, while minimizing distractions while they shop.
Businesses also have the option of using
cell phone paging solutions. Instead of distributing pagers, parents simply leave their phone number. If a problem arises, employees can alert parents with a quick text. Moms and dads can shop without feeling guilty about leaving their children in an unfamiliar location.
Another place where nursery paging has become popular is public gyms. Having small children in a workout area is dangerous, even if they’re sleeping in a carrier or strapped into a stroller. A better option is to leave them in the gym’s nursery.
Unlike shoppers, gym-goers don’t often keep their cell phones with them. Most avoid distractions to better focus on their workout. This doesn’t mean nursery employees have no way to get in touch with parents.
When parents drop off their children, they can choose to get a durable, compact alphanumeric pager that easily clips onto their shirt or shorts. This keeps them close to their kids without creating a distraction or impairing their workout.
Office daycares also are on the rise. This is especially helpful for moms with young babies who have the need to see them every couple hours. Large organizations might even have more than one daycare.
In those larger settings, nursery employees must be able to communicate with each other quickly. For example, if a child gets sick, the employees must be able to let other employees know and come up with a plan to handle the situation efficiently.
Enter two-way radios. Nursery employees can keep in touch with sleek, multi-channel two-way radios—an instant and effective way to ensure employees can communicate instantly, as needed.
Advancements in technology have accounted for some major improvements in paging systems, especially for nurseries. Parents no longer have to feel guilty or worry about leaving their children with strangers. Nursery employees have the security of being able to alert parents within seconds if something happens. So, as the paging industry continues advancing, the public nursery industry will continue to grow and prosper.
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Jason Barge is a marketing manager at LRS and an expert in communications for the hospitality industry.