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Old 04-12-2011, 11:15 AM
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Default Looking for Advice from the UK

Hello everyone, this is my first post and I am going to be open, honest and upfront with everyone before I start..... I own a business in the UK which sells subscriptions to software packages for UK Childminders, I think you call Childminders in the US - Daycare providers, basically they work from home and look after children, am I right there?

I am also NOT trying to sell you anything, I am looking for feedback and some advice, the system we have will currently not work for you in the USA.

If you want to see what it is please visit: Baby's Days

The software that we provide in the UK enables these Daycare providers the ability to monitor the children's development through the UK's curriculum which is called the EYFS - Early Years Foundation stage.

In addition the software allows them to upload photographs, add policies and procedures, complete daily diaries, send newsletters and so much more, this system is completely unique in the UK and we have seen tremendous growth in the last year, we found was that there were plenty of system for larger nurseries costing hundred's maybe even thousands of $'s but nothing for the smaller day care settings.

The system is on-line based and the parents of the children can connect to the system securely at any time and see their children's development, photographs, diaries and much more, the system is completely secure and recommended by various government bodies in the UK.

The system costs around $13 a month and provides each user with a unique personal system of their own.

OK, so why am I posting on here... a couple of reasons really, I was wondering if you could advise if there is anything available like this in the USA, if so could you please provide me with the links to the system, if there isn't, do you think there is a need/requirement for a system like this?

My second questions is, the USA is a big country, about 50 times bigger than the UK, so who regulates the daycare providers in the USA, is this done per state or on a country wide basis?

What does each day care provider have to do, are there set regulations they must follow and do they have to track the children's development in any way, also are they inspected every few years to make sure they are doing things correctly, in the UK, each provider is assessed every 3 years and given a grading, does this happen in the USA.

I thank you all for your time and your comments
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