Meadowside Crèche

The Coral Reef is an indoor adventure play centre and crèche at Meadowside Leisure Centre specially designed to provide babies, toddlers and children up to 9 years the ideal place to exercise and have fun through play.

There are multi levels packed with climbing walls, slides, swings, spinning panels, wobble floors, ball pools, games and much more. For babies and toddlers there is a separate stimulating play area.

Adults can relax and enjoy quality food and drink in the River Café whilst their children play in a safe and secure environment.

Bookings for the crèche can be made up to seven days in advance either in person at reception or over the phone on 01283 508865. The ratio of staff to children is 1:3 for children under two years and 1:4 for children aged from two to five years. Booking is essential to ensure your child has a place.

On your first visit you will be asked to complete a registration form for your children. Please make time for this.

Crèche Sessions

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:15am – 10:45am and 10:45am – 12:15pm (bookable as separate or double sessions)

  • The crèche is available for children once they have had their first 12 week vaccination, up until their 6th birthday.
  • Sessions last 90 minutes between 9:15am and 10:45am and 10:45am and 12:15pm. You can book your child onto one or both of the sessions.
  • If your child is only attending one session they can be dropped off any time after the session starts but must be picked up at the end of the session or before the session ends (the session cost remains the same).
  • Sessions will include energetic play in the soft play area, painting, playing with toys, colouring and reading. Snacks and drinks will be provided during the session, you can bring your own healthy snacks if you prefer which the crèche assistants will happily give to your child.
  • If your child is still in nappies please ensure they arrive in a clean nappy and have spare nappies available. A spare change of clothes may also be useful.
  • Children must be signed in to the crèche by parents or carers. In case there are any issues where we may need to locate a parent, staff must be informed of your whereabouts while the children are in the crèche.
  • Parents and carers must remain in the centre while children are in crèche.
  • Pushchairs can be stored in the entrance to the crèche/play area. Customers leaving items do so at their own risk.

Casual use (times may vary during school holidays)

Soft Play & Coffee Drop In Sessions - Monday & Wednesday - 9:00am - 4:00pm

  • The coral reef play area is available for casual use.
  • Paying parents or carers can enjoy a complimentary hot drink from the River Cafe and a catch up with other parents whilst children play in the Coral Reef themed soft play area (during above stated times only).
  • The play area can be used by children of all ages during the casual sessions. Children must be no higher than 1.4m.
  • Height restrictions apply for the toddler area and the high level play areas.
  • Parents and carers must remain in the crèche while children are in play area.

Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 11:00am

  • The coral reef play area is available for casual use.
  • The play area can be used by children of all ages during the casual sessions but children under the age of two must be supervised by a parent or carer.
  • Height restrictions apply for the toddler area and the high level play areas. Children must be no higher than 1.4m.
  • Children can be left by parents or carers who wish to use another part of the leisure centre. In case there are any issues and parents need to be located, staff must be informed of your whereabouts while the children are in the play area.
  • Parents and carers must remain in the centre while children are in play area.

Parent/Carer and Toddler Group

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm-2:30pm

  • The toddler group is available for children up to school age.
  • Coffee, tea, squash and biscuits are included in the price.
  • Maximum of 15 babies / children plus parents or carers. Second child charge is applicable for children from 6 months old or sooner if participating in the session.
  • Sessions include energetic play in the soft play area, painting, playing with toys, colouring and reading.
  • You can book into the toddler group seven days in advance.
  • Bookings can be made in person at the main reception or over the phone on 01283 508865.
  • Parents and carers must remain in the play area while children are at toddler group.

Group Sessions

Monday to Friday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Not including Tuesdays and Thursdays)

  • The play area can be used by organised groups. Group bookings can be made on 01283 508861.

Party Bookings

Monday to Friday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Not including Tuesdays and Thursdays)

  • The play area can be used by organised groups. Group bookings can be made on 01283 508861.