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This month's pick of the pics is from a recent photocall for nursery management app, My Nursery Pal (full story below).
They say never work with kids or animals, well there were no animals but the kids were a dream! Great pic (credit: Kelvin Boyes, PressEye).
My Nursery Pal Builds Golden Customer Base
- Aisling Daycare becomes 50th customer for NI developed App -
A REVOLUTIONARY new nursery management App, that delivers real time information to parents, whilst their children are at nursery has just reached a golden milestone, signing up its 50th customer – Aisling Daycare - located on Belfast’s Hannahstown Hill.
Developed by Antrim entrepreneur, Eugene McLaughlin, MyNurseryPal is helping day care nurseries in Northern Ireland go paperless, reducing admin time for nursery staff, whilst improving communication and reducing parental stress at leaving children at daycare.
MyNurseryPal came into being after Eugene experienced first-hand the processes of nurseries when his child first started nursery school. Three years ago, Eugene’s son, Shea, began attending nursery, where his daily activities, diet and actions were recorded in a notebook as a way of keeping records for both parents and nursery staff.
With a background in IT and marketing, Eugene was struck by how time-consuming the processes of recording every child’s activities must be so he sought to find a solution that would maintain the same quality of records for parents whilst minimising the recording time for nursery staff.
Founder of MyNurseryPal, Eugene McLaughlin explains:
“After talking to a fellow father whilst collecting my son at nursery, we were both commenting on how nurseries were still using the notepad and paper method despite the advances in technology. With a natural interest in technology, this got me thinking that there must be an online solution that would be of benefit to both nurseries and parents.”
Over £40,000 has been invested in the platform’s development since it was created in 2014, and MyNurseyPal has been working with customers to improve and expand its solutions for nursery management.
Mr McLaughlin continues: “Originally, the plan was to offer a platform to record nurseries’ daily records in real time, and we delivered this, however, it became apparent that MyNurseryPal was capable of delivering solutions for the more complex areas of nursery management.
“The system has evolved and MyNurseryPal now manages clients’ registrations, rotas, billings and communication systems, in addition to the crucial area of child observation and recording key milestones in children’s progression.”
As the first nursery app in Northern Ireland, the platform has received an incredible response from its customers, who regularly feedback how the system is improving efficiencies within the nursery, resulting in outstanding grades during annual inspections.
Simple to integrate into a nursery, the system and its user-friendly interface make it quick and easy for nursery staff to log details for each child, while simultaneously updating the interface for parents, allowing them to view the status of their son or daughter throughout the day.
Owned and managed by sisters, Una Dougherty and Bronagh McAllister, Aisling Daycare is an award-winning daycare centre in Belfast that cares for 200 children daily.
Owner of Aisling Daycare, Una Dougherty, adds: “Since we opened our doors in 2006, our vision has been to lead the way in childcare excellence, and to deliver this, we’re focused on integrating the best and most innovative solutions for both children and parents.”
Co-owner Bronagh McAllister adds: “By introducing MyNurseryPal, we are offering our parents the chance to see updates on their child – what they are eating, when they are sleeping - at a time that suits them best and on their terms. Our trial has proven the system is saving admin time in the nursery and we have received overwhelming positive feedback from staff and parents. We believe that the introduction of MyNurseryPal is yet another reason why Aisling Daycare remains one of the top nursery providers in NI.”
In addition to Aisling Daycare, other new customers include Washingford Daycare’s four nurseries in Mid-Ulster.
MyNurseryPal is now launching into Ireland with 10 nurseries signed up for trial installations in the first quarter of the year. By the end of 2017, the app aims to have 100 customers across the island of Ireland, including daycare nurseries and childminders. Future plans include expansion into mainland GB and beyond. For further information log on to www.mynurserypal.com