Printing registers and badges for manual child attendance recording
ChurchSuite has an amazing children's check-in system available to you through ChurchSuite Connect (use the Quick Links on the account Dashboard page, accessible by clicking the ChurchSuite logo in the top left corner of any page). However, you can also produce printed child badges, registers and other group reports to run a manual child check-in process if you wish.
In this article we'll show you how to print children's group registers and name badges for your children and youth groups ahead of time, ready to use for your next group session. We also explore how you can process attendance details from printed registers back into the Children module's Attendance section, allowing you to use the module's comprehensive attendance reporting for your children and youth ministry.
In this article
In this article we discuss producing registers, summaries, badges and full details of children in Groups...
...but did you know that you can also produce these for children in a Tag?
Having previously set up your gathering(s) and groups (see related support article), head in to the Children module and click into the Groups section and select the Gathering for which you wish to print registers.
From the gathering's "View" page, and for each Group in turn, select Print register from the Action menu on the right-hand side of the list.
The Print register page opens and the PDF register is previewed for the selected group. The register includes the names of all children who are assigned as members of that group in the Children module. Space is also provided for visitor children to be added at the end of the report. Note that the Date that is suggested is the next upcoming due date for the Gathering. You can change the register's Date - click Generate to see the updated register. Depending on the browser you are using, the PDF Download and Print tools are surfaced or you can select Print report.
Notice that you can select to produce registers for other groups from this page, without needing to return to the gathering's "View" page each time, if you wish.
You can further filter the register by Tag and optionally show the Medical Short field on the register. Note also that you can Order by each child's Last name (the default) or First name. Click Generate to apply filter settings and update the PDF preview for printing.
In addition to printed registers, your group leaders may find the group Summary report helpful - providing useful information about each child, including their sex, date of birth, parent contact details, address, medical short, additional needs and doctor fields. See the next section for more information.
Printing group summaries
As with printing registers you can also print helpful group summaries for the group's leaders - providing useful additional information about the children in their group. Still working from a gathering's "View" page showing the list of Groups, select Print summary from the Action menu on the right-hand side of the list.
The Print summary page opens and the PDF summary is previewed for the selected group. The summary includes additional information about each child including the sex, date of birth, parent contact details, address, medical short, additional needs and doctor fields of all children who are assigned as members of that group in the Children module. Depending on the browser you are using, the PDF Download and Print tools are surfaced or you can select Print report.
Notice that you can select to produce summaries for other groups from this page without needing to return to the gathering's "View" page each time:
You can further filter the Summary by Tag. Note also that you can Order by each child's Last name (the default) or First name. Click Generate to apply filter settings and update the PDF preview for printing.
Printing child name badges
As with printing registers you can also print child badges. Still working from a gathering's "View" page showing the list of Groups, select Print badges from the Action menu on the right-hand side of the list.
The Print badges page opens and the PDF badges are previewed for the selected group. The badges include the names of all children who are assigned as members of the selected group in the Children module. Depending on the browser you are using, the PDF Download and Print tools are surfaced or you can select Print report.
You can further filter the badges by children Tags and customise the Badge Title and Badge Caption to show additional information on the badges, such as the Church name, Gathering name, Group name, Medical Short, Age, Barcode or Custom Fields. Note that only one selection is possible for the badge title (which prints above the child name) and one for the badge caption (which prints beneath the child name). Optionally untick Show Last Name to just show children's first names on the badges. Note also that, if you select to print a Custom Field, you are given the option to include the related custom question. Click Generate to apply filter settings and update the PDF preview for printing.
If you have further badges to print for other groups in the same gathering, you can do so from the same screen without needing to return to the gathering's "View" page each time - select each group in turn from the drop-down Group selector and click Generate to preview the register before printing.
Printing full details of children
As with printing registers you can also print a Full Details report for each child in a group. Still working from a gathering's "View" page showing the list of Groups, select Print full details from the Action menu on the right-hand side of the list.
The Full Details report is displayed. The report includes all Children module information for all children who are assigned as members of the selected group in the selected gathering. Using the Fields filter you can customise the content of the report, selecting which pieces of information to include or exclude. Click Generate to apply filter changes and update the report. From the report you can Communicate, add those in the report to a Tag or select Print report.
You can further filter the report by Tag. Click Generate to apply filter settings and update the report for printing.
If you have further Full Details reports to print for other groups in the same gathering, you can do so from the same screen without needing to return to the gathering's "View" page each time; select each group in turn from the drop-down Group selector and click Generate to preview the report before printing.
Adding group attendance from printed registers
For churches and other organisations producing printed group registers, it's really easy to add that attendance information back into the Children module. This may be helpful where you're not yet ready to use the Child Check-In system or where it can't be used in your venue if internet access is a constraint. As we'll see in this section, you can add attendance for group members and team, but you can also add attendance for non-group members and visitors.
Working within the Attendance section of the Children module, click Add attendance.
On the Add attendance pop up, begin by selecting the Group you are adding attendance for.
Next, select the Session you are recording group attendance for. For example, if you have two morning services you might distinguish the session names as "Morning Service 1" and "Morning Service 2", or "9:30am Service" and "11:15am Service". It is not necessary to include a date in the naming convention - attendance is being recorded for a date. Aim to use the same session name(s) each time - this will help you with session attendance reporting for each of your gatherings. If you have previously recorded attendance for the selected group, the most recently-used session name is auto-suggested...
...and if no previous attendance for the group has been added, the group's Gathering name is auto-suggested as the session name. You can also add a new session name by typing in the session search box and pressing <Enter> to create it.
Next, enter the attendance Date. Clicking into the date field will open the date picker. You can even record an attendance entry for a group that didn't meet - ensuring attendance reports are not skewed by seemingly missing attendance - click Didn't Meet? You can optionally add Notes - perhaps a note about the session theme, or something that arose during the group's session that needs follow up.
Next, proceed with ticking the Children present in the group based on your printed registers. The list of children is derived from the selected group's known members - further information about adding children to groups can be found in the related support article. Note that you will be able to add attendance for other children and for visitors in a moment.
Finally, tick the Team present in the group. The list of team is derived from the group's previous team member attendance (in the last 3 months), and may initially be empty. You'll be able to add attendance for further team members in a moment.
Once you have finished ticking the Children and Team in attendance for the group for the selected date, click Save to add the attendance. You are then taken to the attendance "View" page, which shows all the details you've just selected/added. From this "View" page you can easily add additional children, visitors and team - perhaps adding children who are not yet group members or those who attended ad hoc for this one session or visitors who attended the session or other team members.
When adding a child / visitor, use the Search and select a child - the list of matching results auto-filters as you type the child's name. If no matching result is found - and having typed the child's full name (first name and last name), press <Enter> to add the child's name as a Visitor.
Children visitors are distinguished in the list of attendees with a V.
You can add further information about the visitor child (if known) by selecting Visitors from the Attendance drop down:
You can choose to Remove children, visitors or team using the Action menu next to a person's name - perhaps if a child or team member has been incorrectly added. A Changes log is maintained to preserve the integrity of attendance data, showing all changes made by Users.
Returning to the Attendance "Index", you can Add attendance - perhaps for other groups that met. Notice also the Actions to View, Edit or Delete the attendance.
Any attendance Notes added for the group/session are distinguished by a "note icon". Hovering your cursor over the icon will surface the note in a pop up - ideal for identifying things that need follow up.
Finally, you can perform batch Actions on multiple attendances by ticking the attendance on the left hand side of the list to Delete (with caution!) the select attendances.
Note that deleting attendance is a destructive process that cannot be reversed. Careful consideration should be given to any safeguarding or child protection implications that may require you to keep attendance data. Note that you can use the Attendance Date report (in the Children module's Reports section) to generate an attendance data report for a selected date prior to permanent deletion.