The Co-operative Childcare has grown from having 6 nurseries in 2004 to 46 today. The organisation is focussed on providing communities with quality early years childcare and education. Trust Systems Limited have worked with The Co-operative Childcare team to roll out a scalable, secure WiFi solution enabling them to transform the way they monitor and assess the children across their nurseries.
What challenges did the business face that led you to speak to Trust Systems Limited?
Holly Sawyers, Business Transformation Manager explains, ‘As part of our transformation project we were rolling out a new Childcare Assessment Application called iConnect. The application enables MCC Childcare practitioners to monitor and assess the children in their nurseries via tablets. To enable the roll out this vital business application we required an enterprise scalable WiFi network. This is when we began talking to Trust Systems.’
Why Trust Systems Limited?
‘As you can imagine safeguarding the children is of the utmost importance in everything we do and we required a system where we could be confident that the technology ensured any data we collected was secure. The Trust System team clearly demonstrated that they not only had the technology to deliver this level of security, but they also had a solution offering to proactively monitor the environment remotely, offering on-site fixes and remote support via the service desk. Having this level of support was a critical factor in our selection as we need to ensure business continuity in the work we do.’’
What are the main functions supported by the new system?
Tom Stone, Technical Director at Trust Systems Limited explains the technology; ‘The solution is a cloud-managed WiFi network delivered by Aerohive technology which enables The Co-operative Childcare nurseries to connect their tablets to the internet. The tablets are configured with an Airwatch Mobile Device Management Policy which locks the devices down and ensures that the data collected on the children is safe and secure. What this means is that no data including photots are saved to the device, All information is passed to a cloud. If a device goes missing or is stolen it can be locked down remotely and it becomes a useless piece of tin.’