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It is the governments stated desire that parents are given more choice in how they balance work and home life to help ensure that their children are given the best possible start in life.


Children’s Play Centres play a very important role in this area in that they provide an environment for children from 0-10 years to use their imagination, exercise brought together with healthy eating. There is concern that children spend too much time watching television or playing or working on computers. These types of play centres provide a vital part of early years development, learning how to interact with other children, building up their self confidence and also for the peace of mind of the parent that their child can play in a safe and secure environment. Parents can enjoy the experience just as much as their child, being able to interact while playing on the play structure.


Play Centres can also arrange parties- including food with party bags etc. so that parents can enjoy their children’s birthday without all the stresses that normally come with having a party at home and not having to worry about clearing up all the mess.


When choosing a Play Centre it is important to judge for yourself if the centre is clean (no strange smells coming from the ball pool) have friendly experienced staff, no fried food smells lingering from the Cafe  (can’t combine exercise with fried foods) and most importantly be safe for your child to play.


Some Play Centres are realising that you should not mix exercise with selling chips, chicken nuggets or burgers this is not the way forward for our young people.

You may look out for “Healthy Living Award” sign indicating the Centre has the Award or is working towards the award. Also look out for the “SHOUT” symbol, which indicates that the Centre is working together with the local council to improve the health and well-being of East Ayrshire’s young people. 



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