For what projects/services did your company hire Square Root Solutions?
The early childhood education sector in Ireland has been evolving rapidly over the past five years in particular, having come from a relatively marginal level of policy focus and investment.
In terms of advancing professionalism, emerging models of practice and growth of knowledge, skills, and experience, it is in a period of transformative change. There is a drive towards greater professionalisation at many levels, from Educator to organisation.
Increased emphasis on quality, governance, and accountability across the early childhood sector means services and staff have to engage with new systems, processes, and responsibilities.
This includes the formal documentation of children’s learning and development as a measure of quality provision in line with the child’s health, welfare and development.
The challenge was to develop an online and mobile application that would allow educators to record, compile and share a progressive record of children’s learning and development under the themes of Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and communicate with parents.
What were your goals for this project?
An app that was functionally efficient but simple to navigate and use
A range of functions contained within the application such as observation and assessment templates, photos, videos and voice recordings; a unique picture of the child will build up over time in the form of an individual Leabhar Scéalta (storybook).
To act as a two-way communication platform between the early childhood service and parents where real time updates can be sent to parents via a link to their phone.
A time sensitive delivery date for 2 phases of the project