Mother keeping watch in the nursery
Published on 19 April 2007,
mums are keeping a watchful eye on their children at nursery via webcam
- Big Mother style.
It is the latest trend in Britain's booming surveillance culture and has
led two Redbridge nurseries to offer parents the chance to check up on
their offspring on the internet.
The equipment lets mums and dads log
on to the nursery's website to see their children at play and aims to
put anxious new parents at ease about going back to work.
It is available at Zig Zags Day Nursery, Wellwood Road, Goodmayes and
Clementswood Nursery, Grosvenor Road, Ilford.
Mum Leanne Ratford, 35, views her five-month-old son up to four times a
The Seven Kings estate agent said: "It's one of the reasons why I went
to the nursery. I was extremely nervous about going back to work. I
don't go on there all the time, but it's nice to have the reassurance.
"I don't sit there for hours on end, but I log on for five minutes at a
time. People say any weirdo can log on and look, but there's an element
of that with every part of the internet."
Miss Ratford said she could only view her child and the technology did
not allow users to pan the camera across the nursery or log on during
Zig Zags has offered the service since September 2005 and says it is has
been a hit with protective parents.
Manager Rachel Cook, 26, said: "You can phone anytime to speak to the
child's key worker, but by logging in it gives parents that extra bit of
"There are once in a lifetime moments like when children are taking
their first steps and parents don't want to miss it.
"There were a few concerns about the security and passwords, but it's
only mothers and fathers who can have access to the service. Parents can
see how an accident happened and feel reassured."