What is ParentPay?
ParentPay is a web based application that provides a facility for parents to pay online for school meals, trips, music tuition etc.
The system was introduced successfully as a pilot in South Lanarkshire in 2015 and will start to be rolled out across all schools and Council-run nurseries from Spring 2018. The rollout will start in Lesmahagow, Strathaven, Carluke and Lanark Learning Communities before summer 2018 and remaining learning communities/schools will go live in phases over the following 18 months.
Parents will be notified by their child’s school directly when ParentPay is available for use and with details of how to register.
Why online payments?
Parents will benefit from being able to make online payments for schools meals, trips and activities, early years payments, privilege transport, music tuition and uniforms, and more, using a secure website at any time that is convenient.
Parents can view transactions online and see running balances for larger value items such as residential trips. Parents can make payments for all their children (at SLC schools) via a single login. They no longer have to rely on their children to take cash into schools.
Parents who wish to continue to use cash will be able to take advantage of Paypoint facilities in local shops, rather than send their child to school with money.
Schools benefit from using ParentPay in a number of ways including reduced cash handling and banking, and reducing the risks around money being held on school premises. There is improved communication with parents concerning payments, and an accurate record is held of all payments made. Schools have the ability to setup online shops for sale of uniforms etc. There are improved processes for choosing meals in primary schools, and ParentPay integrates with the cashless meals systems in high schools. ParentPay is automatically updated with free meal entitlement.
For more information, or to login if you have your account details, please go to the ParentPay website.
The Council will share information with ParentPay in order to deliver this service to parents in South Lanarkshire. The Privacy Notice which outlines how this information is secured can be found here.
Parents are being asked to login to ParentPay using myaccount, and this will also give them access to a growing range of Council services, including Council Tax queries.
Myaccount is a secure service which is run by the Scottish Government to allow citizens to access a range of public services using a single account.
- Education payments