Hull soft play centre, Little Monkeys, has been busy trying to drum up signatures to a petition to Government demanding clarity on a reopening date and extra Covid financial support required.
Little Monkeys, the soft play centre based at Active+, just off National Avenue, is one of many soft play providers around the country desperate to know when it will be allowed to reopen its doors again.
They appeared, with other children’s play providers, on BBC Look North last night, Tuesday 4th August, showing viewers the safety plans they have put in place to enable the venue to reopen safely.
“We used lock down as an opportunity to undertake some major updates to the centre,” says Hellen Tordoff, marketing manager.
“We’ve been working hand in hand with Hull City Council Trading Standards team and believe we have a rigid Covid strategy in place to allow children return safely.
“Not only that, but we’ve been inundated with calls and messages from old and new customers alike desperate for us to reopen.
“Play is an essential part of child’s development. It’s a fun way to develop and learn new motor and social skills. With children being sedentary for too long, we feel it’s very important for children to be allowed back into these centres, following strict guidelines, to build up their physical strength, ready to return to schools in September.”
Trading Standards gave the go ahead in July for their sensory den to reopen under strict guidelines, for the benefit of children with autism and other special needs. The centre fundraised for this in conjunction with Aim Higher, a local charity that supports children.