Parent perspectives on the implementation of a digital documentation portal in an early learning centre

Amanda McFadden
Queensland University of Technology

Kerrin Thomas

The transfer from paper-based systems to digital documentation portals is revolutionising how information is delivered to parents in early childhood education and care settings. This study used a mixed-method approach to document the implementation and use of a digital portal in a large early learning centre from the perspectives of parents. Findings revealed a number of concerns for parents such as privacy, ethical use of images, storage of data and documentation content. However, the significant uptake of the portal by parents, attributed to a desire for greater connections with their child and with other parents, and the facilitation of these connections via the digital portal, was a key finding of this study.


Australasian Journal of Early Childhood—Volume 41 Number 4 December 2016.

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