Webcam takes the worry out of the nursery
Published on 25th January 2008, The Cumberland News

A PIONEERING ‘NurseryCam’ is to go live at a Penrith nursery to let parents to keep a reassuring eye on their children – over the internet.

The innovation – a secure webcam facility which allows parents to view live images of their children by logging onto a special website – has been introduced at the Safehands Greenstart nursery in Oak Road, and is believed to be the first of its kind in north Cumbria.

The eye-on-the-wall facility, which is free to parents, works via digital video cameras fitted throughout the nursery in the baby room, the playrooms for two-year-olds and pre-school and in the outdoor play areas.

Safehands Greenstart manager Carrie Gelder said: “It’s already creating a great deal of interest and I have had a lot of enquiries already.

“It is safe and secure and allows parents to see their children from literally anywhere in the world – at work, at home, at college or even if you are away on a business trip.

“Security is high priority and all the images are encrypted. I control the whole system so access can only be gained by bona fide parents using the correct passwords.”

No special software is needed – parents just need an internet connection.

She added: “I’m sure the service will prove popular and a great way of keeping tabs on your child’s development.”

Carrie’s own daughter Taisie, aged 18 months, was among the first to test the system.

Carrie said: “It allows parents who may be worried about leaving their youngsters to keep in touch and gives them peace of mind, particularly in the early days when the child first starts here.”

Access to NurseryCam will be allowed at pre-determined times, possibly up to three times a day depending on demand and there is video coverage only with no sound component.

Parents will be given a special information pack prepared by Carrie and her staff, including details of the system.

The initiative follows a successful scheme at the Safehands Greenstart Nursery HQ based in Blackpool.

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