I know I wouldn’t leave my kids with a shop chreche but that’s not to say a market for it isn’t out there, don’t think it is linked to maternity care though. Personally I found a sling the best way to shop with mine as they still had close contact that or hitting the online stores in the few hours I get to myself which tbh are few and far between! I think you might need to hire a child minder or nanny if your child Is not in nursery or school if you need some time to shop. I’ve not ventured out to ike to know what the crèche there is like though it could be good.
the IKEA one is just for children 3+ and for a maximum of an hour; it's very nice with crafts and soft play, and you get a buzzer that they contact you with if your child is upset etc. I'd recommend it. Yeah, not heard of any others in Edinburgh.
i will usually give my childminder a ring and drop ds at her place. cant really trust the staff in the shops with this (not that there are a lot of shops with this service anyway) even when i go to IKEA, i will supervise ds myself.