Carla Owner/ operator of Parent Portal, parent & Early Childhood teacher
The idea for Parent Portal came about when I was on maternity leave. It was time to consider where I was going to send my precious little bundle when I went back to work. Being an early childhood teacher, I expected the process to be easy; I knew what was important to look out for in a service, and I knew what options were out there for me. But even so, I still found the process overwhelming. There were so many different types of care, and hundreds and hundreds of websites to scroll through!
I thought there had to be a better way… a simpler way of finding out what childcare is available in Christchurch. Then I could focus on the important things like: will this service suit MY child and MY family? (Rather than choosing the same childcare service my friend/ cousin/ sister/ neighbour sent their child to).
I want to empower new parents like me to make informed decisions about the care they choose for their littlies, because any person with any child development training will tell you that the first years of a child’s life are the most important ones. So hopefully our tool helps you on your quest. If you have any suggestions, flick us an email. This site is BY Christchurch parents, FOR Christchurch parents, and we value your ideas.
Sam Web designer/ programmer at Parent Portal, parent & artist
My husband is the technical mind behind Parent Portal, he is the person who creates the digital magic. I rely on his experience and knowledge to make sure our website is doing the right thing and reaching the right people. He is also the owner/operator of a small design agency that prides itself on establishing quality relationships with his clients – check it out here. Together we wanted to create a clean, simple, honest and easy-to-use tool for new parents. Let us know your thoughts on how we can do things better on our contact page.