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Owners of Child's Play Private Nursery, in Ferryhill, have invested in an innovative e-portal that enables parents to feel more involved and informed on learning progress and child development.
By utilising the potential of the internet and smartphones, then providing parents with their own usernames and passwords, the nursery has been successful in ensuring that parents feel part of their child’s learning journey, a result well worth the £3,500 investment.
Manager Laura Leigh Wayman comments: “Engaging parents and families in nursery life isn’t always the easiest of tasks, especially when they are dashing to the car in the morning to go to work or are dashing it at the end of the day and are ready to go home: at times like these some of those ‘magic’ moments get lost in translation as their minds are elsewhere.
“The Login launched back in March 2014 and to date has been a major success – 98 per cent of our families access and use the domain. I was amazed to see one of our fathers accessing his daughter’s login domain from Italy (he’s working away for 9 months) he often comments on the observations and photos we post and he has commented it is a nice reassurance that everyone is happy back home and that his little girl is thriving.”
As well as keeping parents informed they are also enabled to upload their own home learning activities and use a private messaging system to keep in touch.
The secure system, established with all safeguarding and legalities in place, allows for the logging of each child's observations, as well as assessments, photos, progress summaries, video, magic moments and many more, with parents notified of each update.