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Child Minding Facilities in Shopping Centres

Jun 21, 2008
Ever been to a shopping centre and had a toddler screaming because they are completely bored.... Or how about squeezing into a changing room with two toddlers with sticky fingers wiping them on the beautiful silk dress that you haven't even tried on yet?? More and more shopping centres in the UK are offering crèche facilities for parents who would like a little light relief while running around the shops. The shopping centres themselves recognise that you're more likely to spend longer in the shops and hopefully make them more revenue if you know your children are safe and having fun close by.

If you are not sure what to look for in a crèche there are a number of guides which will help you decide. They should have had an ofsted report which will help you see officially the standard of the children's facilities. Don't forget you can always go along and have a thorough look around before you decide.

The ofsted inspection is designed to assure government, parents and the public of the quality of the childcare provided. They measure and make comment on a number of aspects of the crèche facilities including the location, the effectiveness of the provision of childcare, protection of children from harm or neglect, and helping them to stay safe. They also cover educational requirements, and measure the provision for helping children achieve well, and enjoy what they do and make a positive contribution.

They should have a main play area, many with state of the art stimulating environments with ball pools, soft play areas toys and games. Art and craft activities are usually on offer, which help to keep the children happy, and give them a reminder of the day they have had. You may even find some play stations, dance mats and DVD's in some of the larger centres.

If you are looking for a party venue then the shopping centre crèche could be a viable option. Some offer exclusive use of a particular children themed room, with decorative party thrones, party hats and invitations, place mats, serviettes, plates and cups for the party food.

While the children are having fun at the crèche, you can visit some of the department stores or shops within the shopping centre. Most centres have at least 2 department stores, and a number of select shops from the main high street shops such as Next, Boots and Monsoon, as well as some unique boutique shops.

Alternatively to help you keep an eye out on your kids whilst shopping, shopping centres may offer a range of free facilities buggies and parent and baby facilities including baby changing facilities which will you pre-dominantly find in the washroom facilities of restaurants.

So whatever you are looking for from wedding presents, or the children's birthday presents you can nip around the shopping centre, and get back to the car to stash the gifts while the children are safe and happily playing with friends.
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For more information about crèche facilities at shopping centres in Milton Keynes please visit the Centre MK at http://www.thecentremk.com
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