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Child Friendly UK Holidays – 5 Things To Look For

1/06/2016 Parvesh Bravo 0 Comments

Before you book a holiday for the whole family, it is essential that you make sure your chosen destination is suitable for the younger guests in your party. Many families choose to stay in the UK for their holiday because of the high safety standards holiday cottages, hotels and holiday resorts in the country are known for. While making sure your brood are safe wherever you stay is of paramount importance, there is more to booking a child friendly holiday than safety. To find out more, read on…


1. Child friendly accommodation
This can mean all sorts of things. Single storey holiday cottages are more child friendly than a 20 storey hotel. You may also want to look at the layout of accommodation – open plan cottages are favourable, as is accommodation that does not have steep stairs! Other things that can contribute the suitability for children is the type of flooring, the style of furnishing – cream sofas and shag pile rugs are no-no with small children, the heating – log burners or open fires may not be seen as safe by some parents, and the presence of ponds and pools nearby.


2. Child friendly activities
A child-friendly holiday needs to have safe activities that children will enjoy! Soft play areas indoors, outdoor adventure parks with swings and climbing frame, and maybe even a petting zoo are all great for kids. Kids also love playing with water, so paddling pools and water fountains are often key features at a child-friendly place. Some holiday cottages and hotels will also have indoor activities for rainy days such as computer consoles and board games – or there may even be entertainment laid on, especially if holidaying in the summer.


3. Good security
Secure fencing and child-proof entry points contribute to peace of mind when looking after young children on holiday. Ideally parents and carers want to stay in a place where they can be confident the children cannot escape, or make their way out of a safe place to one that is more dangerous. Whether the security is in the form of a fenced off pond, a pool with barrier access, or the presence of CCTV and intruder alarms – each layer of security brings reassurance to an anxious parent.


4. On-site baby sitters
Crèche facilities, children’s entertainers and indeed on-site babysitters are key features that give a holiday destination the child-friendly stamp of approval! These types of services are usually reserved for larger holiday hotels and resorts that have a lot of guests staying. However, some smaller holiday parks may have limited spaces available, but bear in mind they could require pre-booking. If you have any concerns about the people who are in charge of the children, speak to the management – all staff should have been CRB checked, and they will be able to provide proof of this.

5. Essential Equipment
While parents are more than used to carrying everything but the kitchen sink with them when taking children out, a true child-friendly holiday cottage or hotel will be able to provide essential items that will make packing a lot lighter! Items such as a high chair, travel cot and fireguard should be available at the accommodation, and arrangements could be made for the provision of stair gates, bottle sterilisers, bottle warmers, monitors and night lights.