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Greater Manchester unveils Early Years app

10/02/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has unveiled an app for digital assessments of young children’s development.

Feet of jumping children

It said the Early Years app, which it has developed with a number of partners, will be trialled in the Bury area from the early spring and is scheduled to be rolled out across the city region by next year.

In addition, it is working with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to use the same platform in pilots of connected healthcare for people with dementia.

The Early Years app will be used to replace paper based assessments of children up to the age of 2.5 years. It is part of GMCA’s Digital Blueprint, a three-year plan to build on its 2018 Digital Strategy to use technology to promote inclusivity.

Mayor Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said of the app: “Early Years digitisation will see streamlined systems connect hundreds of Greater Manchester professionals such as health visitors and school health services, enabling them to work together to better support families.

“It is the first part of our wider digital platform that aims to ensure that digital access to public services is integrated and user-friendly.

“The Early Years digitisation project is a huge step forward for our city-region and will hugely boost our aim of giving children in Greater Manchester the best possible start in life.”

Image by Jon Grainger, CC BY-SA 2.0

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