Choosing Childcare and Early Education - How to Use

Using the Map search

Select the ‘Near Me’ button at the bottom of the screen. Pins will be displayed representing childcare and early education providers in your area. Select a pin to access the providers’ details and ETI inspection reports, to bookmark the provider in your favourites list, to obtain directions to the setting or to share the information with friends. You can also select the ‘locate me’ icon on the top right of your screen to view childcare providers in your area.

Manual Search

Select the ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the screen. You can search childcare providers by name, address or postcode.

Parent Zone

Select the ‘Info’ tab at the bottom of the screen. This will enable access to helpful resources and guidance on choosing childcare and early education providers, best practice and settling in information. Selecting the title tabs of these documents will enable you to navigate chapters within documents. To return to a previous screen, press the ‘Back’ tab, top left of screen or press the ‘Info’ tab at the bottom of the screen to return to Parent Zone menu.

Favourites

Users can save the providers they wish to contact/visit into the ‘Favourites’ section. Accessing the providers’ details within the map or manual search will offer users the opportunity to save the setting into the favourites section by selecting the ‘Favourite’ tab at the top of the screen. To view the ‘Favourites’ section, select the ‘More’ tab at the bottom right of the screen and select ‘Favourites’.

Email

To email the details of a provider to a friend, family member or colleague, select the ‘Share’ tab at the top right of the screen.

Directions

The ‘Directions’ tab top left of the screen will provide step-by-step directions to settings.

ETI Inspection Reports

The ‘Choosing Childcare and Early Education’ app uses information which is publicly available from the Education and Training Inspectorate Northern Ireland and is updated regularly. For providers who require changes to these details or have queries regarding their inspection report, please contact the Education and Training Inspectorate directly.

More

The ‘More’ tab at the bottom right of the screen will enable access to the ‘Favourites’ section, a ‘Links’ section which provides users with website links to access additional information and a ‘News’ section, which links to the Early Years news feed.

Help on using the App

A ‘Help’ tab at the top right corner of the screen will provide definitions on terms used within the app.

Feedback

If you would like to leave a comment about the App, or would like to provide further information on a setting, please contact Tonine McMenamin, Web Master, at toninem@early-years.org

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