Crieff Hydro, who claim to be Scotland’s leading leisure resort, have invested in the refurbishment of its childcare facility, Big Country, to introduce a brand new state-of-the-art space specially designed to cater for 8 to 12 year olds.
The Hydro offers six hours of free daily childcare for children aged from two to 12-years-old over a number of defined spaces within Big Country including the Farmyard which is a creative play area, a Castle that is home to a trampoline and other physical activities, Soft Play indoor ball pool and garden for outdoor adventures.
Bosses recognised that children’s behaviours have changed in recent years and the refurbishment was inspired by feedback from children and parents staying at the award-winning resort.
The new ‘play zone’ features traditional board games, PlayStation, Xbox One and Xbox Kinect consoles and a range of tablet-based games for children to explore. All of the games were chosen to encourage learning through play, from team building skills to co-ordination and developing fine motor skills.
Marcus Kenyon, General Manager at Crieff Hydro, commented: “This investment has enabled us to add another dimension to Big Country that engages with and stimulates older children. Those aged eight to 12 are particularly tech savvy and we’re already seeing children exploring the newly opened space and interacting with the various games available.
“We also offer many outdoor and indoor activities for children who aren’t as technology focused from football and dodgeball, to sewing, reading and bingo. That means that siblings of different age-groups can choose to play together too.”