I suppose I would imagine that if I was using a sports centre creche it would be on a casual basis and so the place/staff would not be familiar to my child. I wouldn't then want them to be a distance away.
There is an excelleent creche at my local leisure centre so if this does go ahead will explain their set up for you
I would want a creche at the leisure centre, i would not be concerned about the no outside space issue, the most im going to do an aerobic class for is an hour to an hour and a half
I wouldnt want to drop off elsewhere, if i was willing to do that i would have been seeking out childcare (friend/neighbour/poss even childminder) but i didnt use any childcare for dd apart from leisure centre creche as i could easily check on her was next door if required
I am a member of Virgin and use the creche for ds3 who is 2 1/2.
It costs £3 an hour and I use if once a week for 2 hours, that gives me settling time , an hour or so in the gym and time to shower and dry my hair. Wouldn't want to pay a lot more for off site nursery, especially as at first ,there can be a lot of time spent settling baby/toddler in a new creche (ds was already going to nursery when I work, so is used to being left but obv with new carers took a while to settle...)
Not clear what would be paid for by the Sports Centre?
I wouldn't have a problem in principle with care 'off site'. Some mums might want to meet for a class and then spend time with babies in the cafe together which wouldn't be an option if creche off site...
I wouldn't be concerned at lack of outside space if children only there for an hour or two. And centre maybe more likely to fund better equipment on site, as can be hired out for parties etc?
Previously (2 yrs ago) they ran a free creche for 2 hrs each morning - but there weren't enough children so it was stopped - I assumed it would carry on being a free provision: I had not considered parents paying majorrethink
Not new person, but wonder if people didn't use free creche because they thought it wasn't intended for them. (maybe people thought it was intended for people on benefits?) And people tend not to 'value' something thats free, so will drop it for something else at short notice, whereas if you've booked and have to pay, you're more likely to turn up.
Can you get sports centre to subsidise cost of childcare? If the first time I use you, I have to pay £18 for 2 hours and think I might have to spend ages settling my ds, I might give it a miss...
I wonder if a way to start is purely on a prebooking arrangement. Our local centre has lots of classes that are booked months in advance eg pilates, tums/bums, so maybe targt those clients to pre-book childcare, as well as classes, to reduce downtime.
Or offer on 2-3 days pw rather than every day.
I think it needs to be onsite to avoid mums in swimmers driving in a panic to you!
We have to book for creche, is really popular, i can often not get the times i want for the following week, i think booking with 24 hours mininmum notice would work
A great thing that our creche does is that they will change child into swimming costume for you and bring to the changing rooms (staff levels permitting) so mum can drop at creche, swim lengths for an hour (or sit in jacuzzi!) then just walk to poolside changing rooms pick up child and take child swimming as well
If i was putting a child into nursery i would def want an outside play space but as a sahm i feel i can provide the whole playing outside thing i literally just want someone to watch my child for 1.5 hours, reading books and crafts is fine by me.