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MistressPage Tue 07-Nov-17 14:41:49

So I'm at a softplay and there is a 6 foot heavily built boy who looks around 15 charging about. It's early afternoon so mostly 2-4 yr olds otherwise. He is properly running fast, leaping and jumping very heavily.
I'm assuming he has some sort of SEN. And I'm struggling with whether to say something. My 2 year old just narrowly missed a squashing. Where does the line come? I mean surely it's a safety issue. Would it be unreasonable to mention it to the staff? Of course this boy has a right to his fun. But does that trump the right of my kid not to be injured?

DontFundHate Tue 07-Nov-17 14:42:39

Our soft play has a height and age restriction. Does this one?

WhatwouldAryado Tue 07-Nov-17 14:43:35

Query the age/ height restriction with staff. They might offer an explanation.

Pengggwn Tue 07-Nov-17 14:48:26

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InspMorse Tue 07-Nov-17 14:50:26

As others have said, there's usually a height restriction so politely ask about it at the desk.

Dexywexy Tue 07-Nov-17 14:50:57

I noticed yesterday that my local one has a height chart at the door saying if you are taller than it you can't play. I can't remember what height it goes up to maybe 150 or 160 cm. My ds is 9 and still plays at soft plays. He is 140 cm. I suppose he is getting a bit old/big

RunningOutOfCharge Tue 07-Nov-17 14:51:36

They all have height restrictions

Which is how they get round this sort of thing

PurpleTraitor Tue 07-Nov-17 14:52:30

My ten year old is no longer allowed in our local soft plays, despite wanting to play in it, understanding the needs of younger children due to younger siblings and escorting said younger siblings. Not allowed because of being over 4 foot 9 in one case and over 8 years old in the other case.

Means we basically don’t go anymore, we were regular customers, but I can’t ask a ten year old not to play whilst siblings do.

TheHungryDonkey Tue 07-Nov-17 14:54:16

Soft play insurance will insist on height restrictions - Experience. There had to be an area for children aged three years and under only on mine. There wasn’t an upper height restriction but there was age limits. I remember all sorts of funny exclusions, though I was covered in the event of a murder. Perhaps that’s common in soft play?

MistressPage Tue 07-Nov-17 14:57:46

Ah ok good to know, perhaps I'll have a quiet word with the staff.

TheHungryDonkey Tue 07-Nov-17 14:58:16

Oh just to add to that, I used to run sessions where older children with Sen and those in wheelchairs took priority.

Dexywexy Tue 07-Nov-17 15:11:11

I took my ds to a sen session last night and was wondering if the height restrictions still apply. My ds and his friend are still within the height allowed but won't be long until his friend is too tall.

zzzzz Tue 07-Nov-17 15:15:25

Well it rather depends if the soft play is for under 4s, or if it’s for older children. Look on the website and come back and tell us.

LostMyMojoSomewhere Tue 07-Nov-17 15:16:38

Have a word with the staff - my local soft play has to put a staff member on duty in the baby room because neither the older kids or their parents seems to understand that there is a height and age restriction for the only room the tinies can use.

TheHungryDonkey Tue 07-Nov-17 16:07:24

Dexy it probably depends on set up. I had no older height restriction but an age restriction. There absolutely had to be a three and under section though. Used to stress me out though because there’s a massive difference between babies and three year olds. No matter how hard you try you just can’t please everyone.

dailyshite Tue 07-Nov-17 16:09:39

Are you playing with your child? Can you ask the older child to be careful around the little ones?

Spikeyball Tue 07-Nov-17 16:11:25

Ds sometimes goes to soft play with the agreement of the staff with his school and he is over the height limit but has 1:1 as do all the bigger children and they are not allowed to behave dangerously or go in the toddler bit. I would speak to the staff at the soft play.

zzzzz Tue 07-Nov-17 16:16:44

YABU if there is no age or height restriction. YANBU if there is and the child was too old or tall.

PlaySoft Wed 03-Jan-18 22:55:41

Our local soft play has an age restriction (under 10) but no height restriction I can see. I don’t get the point of an age restriction only, because that takes no account of the size of the child. You need age and height surely?

Also with the age thing, that’s just on their parents say-so. Not like having a height chart on the wall that anyone can see to compare against.

When the big kids are in, it just ends up with loads of parents of the smaller kids getting up on the soft play equipment with them to keep an eye on their kids. which is potentially more dangerous, if they step on a smaller child by accident etc.

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