Play Centre survival tips
Monday, 10 July 2017 | Mummy and Little Me
Play centre survival tips
Don't take your child if they are unwell.
Wear long light weight trousers/leggings to prevent slide related burns
Keep long hair tied up
Pay attention to the play centre photography policy, some play centers do not allow you to take photographs
Ensure your child remains in the correct age zone
Keep your child hydrated
If there in an incident or accident involving your child, report it immediately
If another child is playing rough, encourage your child to have a 5 minute break
Make staff aware of any children that are disruptive or using inappropriate language
Follow the rules of play displayed at the play centre
Take reading material but keep an eye on your child at all times
Allow 20 minutes after food before playing again
Encourage your child to wash hands on entering and leaving the play centre
Keep an eye on your valuables as you are often distracted
TOP TIP: Wear socks yourself in case you need to help your child on the equipment
If you are nervous about your child getting lost, try to find a table or location that is easy to remember for example at the bottom of the big blue slide or by the entrance to the ball pit. It is a good idea to get your child to come to you a few times in the first 15 minutes of you being there, so they don't panic later on.
It is worth looking at the play centre website before your visit opening times and also the food policy they have in place, the majority of play centres do not allow you to take your own food or drinks however if you have a child with an allergy or intolerance I would always give them a call to discuss.
Play centres tend to operate a limited time policy during busy periods, this is usually 1.5-2 hours so be aware of this if you are going during the school holidays.
Do check that the staff are very vigilant when allowing children to exit the building, play centres often have a checking in and checking out procedure but at busy times this can be difficult to monitor.
I often find play centres are great not only on rainy days but also when it is very hot as they tend to be air conditioned and can be a welcome cool play environment during the sunny summer days.
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