A major UK retailer is offering 45 minutes of free childcare to shoppers so parents can take advantage of this half-term break to run errands in peace.
While it’s tempting to arrange extra family days with kids out of school, that’s not always an option for large families due to cost.
However, one popular retail brand is on hand to help, thanks to having daycare centers in many of its stores.
Furniture giant IKEA runs a supervised play area called Småland, which means “small lands” in Swedish.
A major UK retailer is offering 45 minutes of free childcare to shoppers which parents can take advantage of this half-term break (File Image)
Each child dropped off by IKEA customers receives a seat belt, helping staff identify who has logged into the facility.
Workers will care for children between three and ten years old and allow parents to shop without distractions.
Depending on the retailer, there may sometimes be a wait time for the nursery if it is busy, but parents will be informed of this at the time of registration.
Activities include crafts, reading or playing with interactive toys, including a giant ball pit.
Once parents drop off their children, they are given a buzzer, which will alert them five minutes before the 45-minute mark is up, giving them enough time to pick them up.
Children with additional needs are also welcome at Småland, as dedicated staff, all trained to at least NVQ level 3 in childcare, provide personalized care to children with special needs on the first visit.
The play area also has an expert trained in pediatric first aid in the play area in case any incident occurs.
A variety of affordable meals are also offered with a children’s portion of pasta with tomato and a drink costing only 95 cents, or you can opt for a combination meal, which consists of a hot dish, gelatin, a drink and a piece of fruit, for £1.50.
It comes after another major retailer launched an initiative to offer free hot breakfasts and drinks in its 205 cafes.
Earlier this month, Quaker teamed up with Asda for the second year running to offer shoppers of any age a free bowl of Quaker Original or Golden Syrup, along with a cup of tea or coffee. or hot chocolate.