Parents given access to nursery's webcam
"A FROME nursery has become one of the first in the country to
install a new webcam facility which allows parents to monitor their
children while they are at play group."
Published on 26/8/2004, Frome & Somerset Standard
By Wayne Cornish
The Butterfly Pre-school, which is based on the Marston Trading Estate,
has decided to install the NurseryCam facility.
The new initiative comes a week after a BBC1 documentary, Nurseries
Undercover, exposed three nurseries which had been mistreating and
neglecting their children.
Nicki Hockey, the owner of Butterfly
Pre-school, said: "Unfortunately, as the BBC documentary illustrated,
there are some bad nurseries out there, and we are proud of the fact we
are not one of
"Our new system benefits the parents and children, and good nurseries
have nothing to hide."
"We have always had an open house policy at the nursery and parents are
welcome to visit and join in whenever they want, but some parents don
not have the opportunity because of work commitments."
"This system is great because a parent can keep a constant eye on their
child and how they are being treated while still at work."
"The members of staff are more than happy to be watched as they have
nothing to hide."
Dr Melissa Kao, director of NurseryCam, said: "The BBC documentary
caused a lot of anxiety among received 65 enquiries from nurseries and
more than 800 from parents."
"NurseryCam can be watched from anywhere with internet connection and
soon parent could also watch it through their colour screen mobile
"Logging in for a few minutes a day not brings peace of mind but also
the ability to see your child pottering around and playing."