WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bright Horizons Family Solutions® Inc. (NYSE: BFAM) has launched the first mobile solution for working parents to make instant reservations for child care when their regular care falls through. Key features of the application include the ability to book and confirm both center-based and in-home care in real time, and the ability to upload required forms– including medical, allergy and consent forms – by taking a photo, eliminating the need to print and scan forms.
The app is available to working parents whose employers offer back-up child care through Bright Horizons. Back-up care offers employees a safety net when primary caretakers become ill, schools close due to weather, unexpected work-related travel is required, or when prior arrangements fall through prompting unscheduled child care needs.
“For a working parent, finding out at night that your child care option for the next day has fallen through is an incredibly stressful experience,” says Bright Horizons Chief Executive Officer Stephen Kramer. “Suddenly you are faced with worry about whether you will be able to go to work, never mind make that important client meeting. Now parents can instantly see where there is available care and immediately reserve it for the next day, alleviating a huge stress and solving a real work/life problem.”
A recent survey* of working parents’ child care needs shows how crucial a responsive back-up care solution is for both families and organizations. According to the study, 67% of respondents had to find alternate child care around five different times in the last six months, and 74% had to miss a day of work during that timeframe to care for their child. In fact, one-third of respondents admitted having either no one to call on short notice, or only one trusted caregiver they could turn to with less than one day notice.
The new app is able to confirm and instantly book center-based back-up reservations immediately by determining whether there is space available at a specific child care center and in the appropriate age group. For in-home care, parents can view the schedules and availability of in-home caregivers through the app, as well as filter by a broad range of criteria including background, geographic location, years of experience and more.
Other new dynamic features include the ability to:
- Replicate previous reservations and modify or cancel current reservations
- Use touch ID for thumbprint authentication
- Locate the nearest child care center and get directions and;
- Rely on mobile alerts for reminders about reservation details.
Bright Horizons works with 825 employers representing 4.5 million employees and their families to provide back-up child care solutions. Clients include IBM, The Home Depot, Sanofi Genzyme, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Estée Lauder, Biogen and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
About Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons Family Solutions® Inc. is a leading provider of high-quality child care, early education and other services designed to help employers and families better address the challenges of work and family life. The Company provides full service center-based child care, back-up dependent care and educational advisory services to more than 1,100 clients across the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada and India, including more than 150 Fortune 500 companies and more than 80 of Working Mother magazine’s 2017 “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.” Bright Horizons has been recognized 17 times as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and is one of the U.K. and Netherlands’ Best Workplaces as designated by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Bright Horizons is headquartered in Watertown, MA. The Company’s web site is located at www.brighthorizons.com.
*Horizons Workforce Consulting (July 2018). The Case for Employer-Sponsored Back-up Care: The Business Impact of Caregiving Breakdowns