Hi-tech reassurance of nursery's innovation
Published on 11th Oct 2007, Blackpool Gazette by Lisa Ettridge

IT is a day most parents will remember forever

Clutching a handkerchief and fighting back the lump in their throat, few can forget the anguish as they take their little one to nursery for the first time.

The pain of pre-school separation is about to be lessened for parents at one Blackpool nursery however.

Little ones beware - mum and dad are going to be watching you!

Safehands Green Start Nursery, based at Blackpool Football Club, has recently installed cameras so parents can view live images of their children by logging on to a special website.

The new system is the first of its kind in Blackpool and is due to be launched next week.

And the scheme has got a resounding thumbs up from parents who will be able to keep a much closer eye on their children from the workplace or home.

Davinia Connell Squire's two-year-old daughter Elise goes to the nursery while she works full-time as a medical secretary at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Mrs Connell Squire, 28, of North Drive, Thornton, said: "I think the cameras are a brilliant idea.

"I've often thought that it would be nice to watch Elise play without her knowing I'm there. Soon, I will be able to.

"I especially think it will be good for new mums who are anxious about leaving their children - it is a good way to put their minds at rest."

According to a recent survey, half of all British mums would prefer to stay at home and look after their children if they could afford to do so.

The cameras are seen as an inventive way of letting them have the best of both worlds.

Security is a high priority for the nursery as they launch the site. All live images are encrypted and access will only be available to parents using passwords.

Louisa Bamber, of Linderbreck Lane, Poulton, whose two-year-old son Harrison is also a pupil of Safehands, added: "I was a bit concerned about the idea of the children being on the internet, but the nursery has been quite reassuring about security. I think it will give new mums some added peace of mind because it is hard when you first start leaving your child at the nursery.

Nursery bosses think the new system will be a benefit to parents.

Managing director Gary Farrer said: "Since Safehands took over the nursery about six weeks ago we have been very keen to bring it bang up to date new technology is part of this. We've been very selective of the system we have chosen to ensure that security of the site is watertight.

"I really think parents will feel the benefit of the system, it's a good way to keep tabs on their children's development.

"It is a very exciting time."

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