MELBOURNE, 28 April 2021 – Xplor Technologies, a leading global platform integrating software, payments, and commerce-enabling solutions for businesses in Education, Boutique Wellness, Health and Fitness, Field Services and Personal Services, has today announced a new agreement with leading workforce management technology provider Ento. The exclusive deal will offer enterprise service providers access to real-time control over labour costs and compliance, by automating the creation of childcare rosters.

Australia’s leading childcare software provider, Xplor, has pioneered cloud-based technology for the education sector,and immersive parent engagement apps, helping over 7,000 services to better connect with families and support high-quality early learning. In parallel, since being founded in 2009 Ento has grown to serve over 10,000 workplaces across Australia with next-generation, cloud-based workforce management software.

The integrated solution adds an exciting proposition for the childcare sector, and a new feature to Xplor’s all-in-one product suite, making it easier for childcare centre owners to manage their workforce. Using real-time data, providers will be able to automatically assess their requirements and then schedule the appropriate number of employees to comply with regulations for educator-to-child and diploma ratios. With live staffing and attendance level data, childcare centres can optimise their operations, helping to maintain profitable bookings while providing parents with the peace of mind that their child will receive a quality education.

Ento’s bespoke algorithms, coupled with Xplor’s historical booking data is used to accurately forecast future labour needs with zero manual intervention. Labour demand is captured with precision at 15-minute intervals which display when, where, and why employees are needed. Ento’s AI then turns this data into roster shifts that satisfy a centres’ headcount and legislation requirements. Businesses using Ento’s demand-driven rostering can see a 4-8% reduction in frontline labour costs.

Mark Woodland, founder of Xplor and CEO of Education at Xplor commented, “We’re proud to take this special partnership between Xplor and Ento to a groundbreaking new place. This partnership will transform how workforce management software is used by bringing together the innovation and security of Xplor with Ento’s deep expertise in business software, ultimately saving time for educators to get back to what they love doing; teaching.”  

Aulay Macaulay, founder and CEO of Ento confirmed, “Together we’re transforming childcare, with bespoke tools designed to help busy providers reduce the time spent on workforce planning. Ento’s demand-driven, AI-led insights also cater for those human touches, such as bias towards consistent shifts, complementing the highly personalised experience Xplor offers childcare services, educators and families alike.”

About Xplor

Advent International portfolio companies Clearent and TSG have merged to form Xplor Technologies, a superior global platform integrating software, payments, and commerce-enabling solutions to help businesses succeed. Xplor offers enterprise software solutions for businesses in five fast-growing ‘everyday life’industries: Education, Health and Fitness, Boutique Wellness, Field Services and Personal Services – and a global, cloud-based processing platform that allows clients to seamlessly and securely process payments for their services.With operations across North America, Australasia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, Xplor serves over 82,000 businesses that processed over $27 billion inpayments, operating across 158 countries in 2020.

Xplor Education serves +7,000 childcare services through its Xplor and QikKids brands, providing a seamless experience for educators, families and services. To learn more visit:

About Ento

Ento was founded in Australia in 2009 to help businesses manage rostering, leave,attendance and communication within their workforce. Since then, Ento hasbecome the chosen solution for over 10,000 workplaces across childcare and other sectors including retail, hospitality and labour hire: rostering for over100,000 users for businesses ranging in size from 50 to 5,000+ staff. Ento’s software is part of the next generation of workforce management tools; cloud-based, accessible via a smartphone, tablet or desktop, and integrated with leading HR, POS and Payroll systems. For more information visit:

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Mallory Martel, Head of Marketing, Ento

Article by Xplor Technologies

First published: April 28 2021

Last updated: May 21 2024