Parents can be Big Brother at new nursery

Samantha Dixon has opened a new nursery in Scarborough featuring a Parent Cam and a mini gym. Photo by Andrew Higgins 125046a
Samantha Dixon has opened a new nursery in Scarborough featuring a Parent Cam and a mini gym. Photo by Andrew Higgins 125046a

A Parent Cam has been installed at a new Scarborough nursery to allow parents to keep an eye on their children over the internet.

Peasholm Nursery, in Tennyson Avenue, is believed to be the first nursery in Yorkshire to install the fly-on-the-wall camera.

Parents are given a unique log in code and are then able to view live images of their child on the webcams.

They will only be allowed to access the cameras during the hours their child attends the nursery and the areas which can be viewed will also be controlled.

Owner Samantha Dixon, 34, who has managed nurseries across the UK for 12 years, stressed the system was “more secure than internet banking”.

“We have cameras in all the rooms and parents can watch their children when they are at work or at home,” she said.

“We wanted to install it because it’s a really anxious time for parents when they are leaving their children. It gives them piece of mind and also allows them to experience their child’s day.”

The state-of-the-art system will also be a way for parents serving in the forces or those away on business to keep track of their child’s development.

Launched last Wednesday, the private nursery, which caters for 36 under fives, has seen the creation of nine new jobs.

Mrs Dixon said she wanted to open a nursery in Scarborough because the area provides “the perfect outdoors life for kids”.