A parent tag (DD filter field) can currently be used to group families; on the

  • parent screen,
  • direct debit extract,
  • balance owing report, and
  • invoice statements.

If you go to the parent screen (People-> Parents), the right most column is TAG. When a parent has had the Direct Debit filter field setup the list of TAgs will show in this column.

Parent Screen

You can use the tag on the parent screen to group families for re-enrolment & sending PINs

The parent TAG gets set up in the Parent’s Direct Debit TAB using the DD filter field (and can be setup regardless if the service or parent is using Direct Debit or not). It’s a text field and therefore any word or number or mixture of letters/numbers can be used.

The TAG is designed to help not make you have an admin nightmare so just be cautious about too many groups. The more groups you have the more times you may need to run DD extract or the invoices, unless you use ALL for both frequency and filter.

Some services use it to group direct debit extracts, combined with the frequency of extraction. Eg. Weekly (frequency) Monday (filter) group.

Most use it to identify an Active family vs an InActive family. Then if something doesn’t look right on their DD extract or Invoice, before sending the invoices or the DD batch, they exclude that family by labelling their TAG as OnHold. IF you just want to exclude a family from the DD run you can untick the DD box, however for invoices you do need to change the TAG.

So if a group of families were OnHold, you could run the DD extract and Invoice statements for the Active group so you don’t hold up everyone.

Invoice Extract

Then you can sort out the OnHold group - get support to investigate etc - and then once solved, you can run Invoices/DD extract for the OnHold group before returning them back to the Active group.