With many small children spending a great part of their day in the care of others, particularly in the pre-school environment, out of sight shouldn’t necessarily mean out of mind and unrecorded.
For many pre-school teachers, the challenge though is in relating what’s happened in the child’s daily life to parents in a practical way. Hurried notes, and an even more hurried handover at the crowded end of the day, means that many of the milestone moments in the child’s life pass unremarked.
Dear (But Not Costly) Diary
With a background as a pre-school carer, Vanessa Bileu understands the importance for both child and parent of regular updates on progress from the classroom. When she and her partner Joao moved to Ireland from their native Portugal, they pooled their respective talents to develop the ChildDiary software that enables carers to quickly and easily update parents in real time throughout the day.
Vanessa joined our host Tara Duggan and me on Kickstart Your Business this week to tell us about how her new enterprise was helping carers and parents to keep updated on the essential goings-on in the classroom.
Early Language Skills
Our host Tara and me, both parents with memories of the rushed handover at the end of the busy day, immediately warmed to the idea of a dynamic journal where essential details could be recorded throughout the child’s time in pre-school.
I suggested that Vanessa and Joao might reflect the key triangle of child, carer and parent better throughout their promotional resources, in particular their website. They appeal separately to carers and parents, but need to begin the conversation squarely in the space shared by the three from the homepage onwards. This picture from elsewhere in their websites is a great example of how this triangular relationship can be illustrated effectively.
Time To Make Your Mark On ChildDiary
How do you suggest Vanessa and Joao get the whole pre-school world recording the essential details of the child’s classroom life in ChildDiary?
Listen back to Kickstart Your Business on Newstalk.com and tell us what you think? We’d love to hear from you.
Kickstart Your Business is broadcast at 6.25pm every Thursday on The Right Hook on Newstalk, and is available immediately afterwards on playback on Newstalk.com.