|Posted on 16 May, 2019 at 17:25|
Soft play centres can get a bad rep (and some quite rightly so) but not all of them are hell on earth.
Soft play came over from America, to offer an alternative to outdoor
playgrounds, since then it has become very popular especially here with our unpredictable British weather.
Play IS the way forward for children, and should be encouraged at every opportunity. This is how children learn, and it starts from a young age.
Below are a few examples of how soft play is actually really good for your child and their development.
The Government recommends at least 60 minutes of exercise for children a day.
Soft play is a great way to use those 60 minutes as they don't feel like exercise - just fun!
Also children who exercise sleep better - you cant argue with more sleep.
Feeling secure in a child friendly setting will engage a child’s mind and bring them confidence.
Open ended play space ignites curiosity.
Encouraging positive relationships, and interaction with peers is a key stepping stone for future life skills.
Watching your child develop amongst other children and in a play centre, is fascinating as they gain their own individuality and character.
It’s not just the kids that can benefit.
Getting out of the house, can be a daily struggle whether you have one child or you have 5, it’s eye watering, and should be up for an olympic sport.
Parenting is an emotional rollercoaster that no-one or any parenting books ever prepare you for. It certainly has its highs and lows, and whilst on that twisty parenting rollercoaster your hormones are on the up-down one over the way.
Here are some reasons, soft play can benefit adults too:
- Getting out of the house
- Adult company/conversation
- Home cooked meal
A bit about me...
I have 4 children, including twins so I understand the importance of providing a safe, child AND parent friendly environment.
Running your own business is hard work, sometimes we are working 7 days a week and rarely get a weekend or school holiday off - especially whilst juggling a young family. Some days can be challenging and it leaves you feeling deflated however most of the time is is brilliant and these are the things that keep me going...
- Children - listening to laughter and them playing is so rewarding.
- Customers - we have some amazing families that we’ve come to know more like friends. It really can feel like a community in here.
- Grandparents - we have lots of doting grandparents that come with their grandchildren, watching their relationships is heart-warming. The bond is unique and really special.
Behind the scenes...
‘Wash the balls and clean the danglies' is genuinely one of our jobs on our cleaning list. Cleaning the soft play is a mammoth task and can become quite addictive.
Practical jokes happen a lot here - from whole tubs of flour on the head, to frozen sunglasses, chilli sauce in the drinks - you always need to keep an eye on whats going to happen next....
I absolutely love what I do, and the people I get to do and more importantly I am passionate about encouraging children to play.
But please remember to support your local businesses, it’s tough to keep afloat in these economic climates. We’re a small family run business and really appreciate our customers.