Embracing Technology to Overcome Nursery Staff Shortages: A 2024 Perspective

Addressing the continuing Crisis in Nursery Staffing

The UK’s nursery sector is indeed facing an unprecedented staff shortage. Recent reports reveal that over half of nursery and preschool staff, as well as a significant number of childminders, are considering leaving the sector due to low pay, lack of career progression, and feelings of being undervalued​​​​. This crisis is exacerbated by the government’s new free childcare policy, which promises 30 hours of free childcare for all under-fives but lacks the necessary workforce to implement it effectively​​.

The Early Years Alliance highlighted in their “Breaking Point” report that 84% of nurseries are struggling to recruit suitable staff, with many settings having to limit or stop taking on new children due to these shortages​​. Additionally, the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) reported a 65% increase in nursery closures in recent terms, further straining the sector​​.

Enhancing Safety and Efficiency with CCTV

CCTV for Enhanced Monitoring

CCTV systemsCCTV camera overlooking a nursery setting can significantly support nurseries by providing an extra layer of monitoring. These systems help ensure children’s safety and adherence to regulations, especially crucial when staff numbers are low. CCTV footage can be used to review incidents, evaluate learning methods, and improve staffing management. Additionally, it provides evidence in case of false claims or disciplinary investigations, aiding quick and effective resolution of issues.

Boosting Parental Confidence

A robust CCTV system reassures parents about their children’s safety, as it shows that the nursery management is committed to security and transparency. This confidence is crucial for maintaining trust and ensuring a steady enrolment of children.

Implementing Biometric Access Control

Streamlining Access and Security

Biometric access control systemsfacial access control reader on wall in a nursery entrance, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanners, can streamline nursery operations by automating visitor management. This reduces the need for dedicated front desk staff, allowing more personnel to focus on childcare. Such systems also enhance security by ensuring only authorised individuals enter the premises, thereby safeguarding children more effectively.

Simplifying Administrative Tasks

These systems offer immediate updates to access rights, improving safeguarding. Unlike pin code systems, which require frequent changes, biometric systems provide a practical and secure alternative.

Leveraging Automated Time and Attendance Systems

Efficient Time Tracking

Automated time and attendance (T&A) systemsPerson holding mobile phone to clock in are vital for nurseries dealing with staff shortages. These systems save time by automatically tracking staff attendance and hours worked, freeing up managers to focus more on providing quality care. They can prove the correct mix of skilled staff is always on duty, enhancing operational efficiency. They also simplify reconciliation of student or agency staff hours.

Integration with Early Years Software

Integrating biometric access control with T&A systems simplifies operations further. For example, Almas Industries’ systems integrate with leading Early Years Software Providers, creating a seamless platform for managing timetables, attendance, and records. This integration boosts security, increases productivity and significantly reduces administrative workload.

For nurseries struggling with staff shortages, implementing advanced technological solutions like CCTV, biometric access control, and automated T&A systems can make a substantial difference.

These technologies enhance safety, streamline operations, and improve overall efficiency.


To learn more about how Almas Industries can support your nursery, contact us today for a consultation and quote. Ensure the safety and well-being of the children in your care while optimising your nursery’s operations.

Contact us at 01 68 333 68 (IRE) / 0333 567 77 99 (UK) or email [email protected] for more information.



The Ultimate Guide to Nursery CCTVDOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE

With CCTV becoming an integral component of nursery security, we wanted to put together a comprehensive guide.

If you are looking to utilise safety monitoring at your nursery, it’s important for you to understand what types of options are available to you.

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