About Early Years

In 2015, Early Years will celebrate 50 years of working to promote and develop high quality, evidence-informed early childhood services for young children, their families and communities.

It is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland working with and for young children. It is non-profit making and has been working since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for children aged 0 – 12 and their families.

Currently Early Years provides information and training for parents, childcare providers, employers and local authorities.

What were Early Years’ main day-to-day challenges?

One of the main challenges from a telecommunications’ perspective was finding a supplier who could provide robust, stable network coverage for staff based in remote and/or field settings. Also, Stephen was looking for communication services that would help support staff in their roles, such as Microsoft Office 365, email access and general telephony services.

Why choose Barclay Communications’ PSN Solution?

“As a charity, cost and expenditure is critical to our service” says Stephen. “The PSN contract provided us with a cost-effective solution without sacrificing a high level of service or quality of provision”

Details about the solution supplied.

As part of the PSN contract, Barclay Communications supplied mobile handsets for all staff with unlimited calls and unlimited texts, as well as implementing smart phones for those that required email and office based applications on the move (both at home and abroad).

Stephen describes what was unique about the Barclay Communications’ PSN offering citing “the personal touch where you have your own Account Manager who tailored a solution, helped in the preparation and delivered on initial requirements” and, he added, the fact that “it’s also a local company”.

What benefit has the PSN plan brought?

The PSN plan has enhanced communication and collaboration between staff and allowed staff to avail of services that we previously did not have eg email and Microsoft Office 365.

How has your capability been enhanced?

According to Stephen, capability has been enhanced by “improved communications and support of our IT strategy and the company strategic plan”.

Would you recommend Barclay Communications as a Public Services Network partner?

Yes. Barclay Communications has been extremely helpful and the level of service and support has been second to none.