The brainchild of Managing Director Kirit Patel back in 1994 and starting out as Rio Computers Ltd, FirstSteps was originally created for the nursery attended by his own children. Kirit’s expertise in computer software programming fitted hand in glove with the needs of a busy and fast growing childcare business. Struggling to keep up with the demands of paperwork brought about by new legislation in respect of record keeping and reporting, the nursery turned to Kirit for help. Also, being a parent of two very young children at the time engaged Kirit in the nursery education and care aspect of day care provision. He understood its importance and set about creating a professional administration system specifically for nurseries. A bespoke database was written and FirstSteps was born!
It was the launch pad for a ‘cottage industry’ that has now evolved in to an ‘industry giant’ achieving the greatest of respect within the childcare sector.
Since those early days the company has grown in both size and stature, often mirroring the development of many of our customers. Our popularity has made us the number one nursery management software choice for thousands of settings in the UK and Ireland and our client list is extensive.
FirstSteps is now an administration solution that caters for even the most flexible of providers (from Childminders, Pre-schools and single Private Day Care providers to Children and Family Centres and large Nursery chains).
Throughout this journey Kirit’s enthusiasm has never wavered. He still leads a strong team and is very much hands on with the business and its future development. As he says “There’s always room for improvement”