Starting a Children's Indoor Play Centre

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Children's indoor play centres provide adventure playground-style facilities and equipment for children aged between one and twelve years of age to use while supervised by a responsible adult, usually their parent or guardian. Typical play equipment includes ball pools, tunnels, vertical rollers, slides, climbing equipment, bouncy castles, sliding poles and platforms, and low-height soft play specifically for toddlers aged under five, such as balance beams, tunnels and slides.

Older children typically play independently and are supervised by adults from a seating area or café, while toddlers will play alongside the adults whose care they are under. Most indoor play centres provide adults supervising older children with free newspapers and magazines and Wi-Fi access in the café or seating area.

Health and safety, child safeguarding and appropriate insurance cover are major factors for start-up and established children's indoor play centres. However, as no formal childcare service is provided, there are no statutory registration requirements for this type of business.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a children's indoor play centre. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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