“The service is fantastic for keeping parents up-to-date” Bessemer Grange Children’s Centre

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Bessemer Grange Children’s Centre: “The service is fantastic for keeping parents up-to-date”

Carrie Johnson Head of Bessemer Grange Children’s Centre: “I have used other text messaging systems in the past but I’ve found that ‘TextMine’ is far easier to use. The service is fantastic for keeping parents up-to-date with sessions that we are running and saves our staff significant amount of time, as they no longer need [...]

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