New Tech in Greater Manchester Helps Parents During Pandemic
New app that digitise early years assessment to be made available to parents and carers in Bury and Rochdale.
18:37 22 October 2020
A new app that aims to reduce the need for physical appointments during the Covid-19 pandemic has been made available to parents and carers in Bury and Rochdale. The app, which is the first of its kind, was developed specifically to digitise early years assessment and provide carers with access to information and support for their child whenever they need it.
The scheme was launched in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) with Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP). The Early Years App will help carers identify development issues earlier and provide free-up valuable clinical time for health visiting teams.
Vikki McClung, Health Visitor for the Radcliffe Team, in the Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation said: “The Early Years App will empower parents to access everything they need to support their child’s development in one place.
“This is especially important during the current COVID-19 pandemic as it reduces the need for physical contact. It also provides a seamless and really integrated process which will bring all partners together including health, education and most importantly the families to make sure every child is ready for school”.
Cllr Sean Fielding, GMCA Lead for Employment, Skills and Digital Lead, said: “In Greater Manchester we are dedicated to investing in digital transformation that benefits our residents. The new Early Years Application is helping to join-up our public services to help parents and carers access the support they need quickly and efficiently.
“The Early Years app is one of the many innovative projects that sit on the Greater Manchester Digital Platform, which was developed to help transform and digitise our public services. The launch of this application has helped us get one step closer to achieving our digital ambitions for Greater Manchester.”