I'm Roopam Carroll, the founder of DoodlyRoo Ltd.
I own and manage Beeston Nursery in Nottingham.
I set up this company, Doodlyroo, because I got really frustrated at constantly working things out again and again on paper and in my head. If you own or manage a nursery you'll know exactly what I mean...
These are the kinds of questions that are always sloshing around somewhere in my brain, usually at 3:00am, or when I'm out for dinner, or driving home:
How many children can we have in our rooms based on the Ofsted Space requirements?
Why don't Ofsted put a maximum number of children on my registration certificate any more?
How much space do we need on Tuesdays, when we have more babies?
Can I book this new parent in to Wednesdays and Thursdays? Will it take me over my numbers?
How many staff do I need for my Baby Room / Toddler Room / Pre-school room?
Can I mix the age groups and still be legal?
How can I make sure I always have enough staff in my nursery?
How can I make sure I don't have too many staff in my nursery?
How do I save money without cutting quality?
How do I keep track of everything? How do i keep track of annual leave, sickness, training, lateness....
When I bought my nursery back in 2012, I had no idea that I would spend so much time thinking about the same things over and over again, and working out the same calculations over and over again...
So I started inventing ways to make this easier. I started by looking at rotas, and made a spreadsheet to make it all so much more logical and straightforward.
I use this every week in my nursery, and even better, my lovely manager uses it now, so that I don't need to do the rotas at all!
She then posts the rotas in our secret staff facebook group, and everybody knows what shifts they are on. No excuses.
I still tweak the spreadsheet as we find ways to make it more user friendly, and now I have some other nurseries who are using the spreadsheet, who are finding it saves them time and money too. Find out more here: http://rotaspreadsheet.co.uk/
I have found out that I love solving problems, and because I run a nursery myself, I understand the frustrations that you face on a daily basis.
I know how daunting it can be when you look at software or IT or something that claims to make life easier, but then is too scary to set up :(
I have a background in education, management and service improvement and I LOVE helping people save time, money, effort and braincells! I am not an IT person, but I love using it to make life easier in a friendly, easy to understand way...
That's why I have set up DoodlyRoo, and I have lots, and lots of ideas of ways to help you. Some of them are already here, some are in production, and some are just a twinkle in my eye...
Have a look at our shop, and see if there's anything you need...
BSc (Hons) in Science with Primary Education and Qualified Teacher Status (2i)
Post Graduate Certificate in Open and Distance Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Public Services Management
PRINCE 2 Project Management
NHS Top Talent
Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Entrepreneurship (Distinction)
and a very curious mind! I love learning all about stuff, and then helping other people to understand and use it.
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