Meet Edward. He’s a bright and bubbly two-year-old and is a regular attender of Harry’s Place Childcare at Ripon Leisure Centre on Dallamires Lane.
His mum, Izzy, is also a fan of the convenient childcare facility because she knows her son is in safe hands so she can catch up on some much needed timeout. The mum-of-four told Mumbler:
“Harry’s Place enables me to keep fit and more importantly gain some headspace from the demands of motherhood. Without the facility, I’m sure so many mums would’ve felt isolated when they became parents. Most of my network of friends in Ripon I met through this gym and childcare.”
Jo, local mum to 18-month old, Freddie, agreed:
“Freddie loves all the fantastic staff and the superb variety of toys. It is a great asset for Ripon mums who want to keep healthy too!”
As well as parents/carers staying on site to use Brimhams’ gym and fitness classes, Harry’s Place Childcare has recently introduced the option to leave the premises while little ones are looked after by the friendly team of fully-qualified child practitioners: Jan, Vicki and Helen.
The two-hour sessions are ideal for parents/carers who need time to themselves to either take advantage of the fitness facilities, go to Ripon Spa Baths or enjoy the city centre child-free… a perfect opportunity for upcoming Christmas shopping!
Being contract-free and costing only £6.30 per session, the childcare is also really handy for mums, dads and carers who have doctor’s, dental or hair and beauty appointments. I’m sure we’ve all been there… a toddler screaming at you whilst you’re getting a drilling with a filling? No thanks!
Other mums feel that having someone looking after their child so close to where they are can help ease them into exercising again. Just like Emma. She said:
“Harry’s Place was a lifeline for me when I was a new mum. It allowed me to get back into exercise knowing that my baby girl was only a few feet away, being cared for by a wonderful team. Knowing she was in the same building really eased any ‘mum guilt’ I had about taking some time for myself. My daughter is now four-years-old and still loves going.”
Not only do parents love it, the kids love it too! Mum Karen said:
“My two-year old boy absolutely loves coming to Harry’s Place. The staff are brilliant and always have lots of fun educational activities planned. My 5-year old daughter begs to come to the childcare in the holidays too, so it’s a hit with all the family!”
Open times are Monday-Friday: 9:30-11:30 with the exception of Thursdays: 9:45-11:45.
The large space, where Harry’s Place is held, is also available for hire and the leisure centre team are always happy to welcome new groups who may want to use the room for activities like baby massage, committee meetings or slimming groups etc.
For more details or to book a session at Harry’s Place Childcare please call the centre on 01765 601353. Also keep up to date by liking our Facebook page or find us online
Pre-booking is advisable due to limited places available and a there is 24-hour cancellation policy in place.