Parents have had their say on what provisions they want for their children during a public consultation on Crawley’s play service.
Officers from Crawley Borough Council (CBC) consulted with parents at Crawley Library on Friday (August 30) to find out what changes could be made to improve the council run play service.
The service includes free activities such as the adventure playgrounds at Cherry Lane, Langley Green; Creasys Drive, Broadfield;Millpond, Bewbush, and Waterlea in Furnace Green.
Adventure playgrounds are large outdoor play spaces with play equipment as well as arts, crafts, toys and games.
Paid for services include children’s parties and holiday play care which both take place at a selection of adventure playgrounds.
Some parents pointed out that though services were high quality, they were not well publicised.
Caroline Rogers, from Ifield, is a single mother-of-two girls,Emily, seven, and Aliesha, two.
She said she has lived in Ifield for two years and was not aware of many of the services.
Though she was aware Emily had attended birthday parties at Waterlea Adventure Playground she said she had not been able to take her children to any adventure playgrounds herself as she cannot drive.
She said many of the services on offer were good but too far for her to get to.
Selicia Barkley-Ulenskas, from Maidenbower, who has a ten-month-old son called Grady, said she enjoyed going to the Family and Children Centre in Pound Hill because there were activities appropriate for her son.
She said: “They have activities on Tuesdays for all different ages. He can go and crawl and play with textiles and things like that.”
Li O’Brian, from Pease Pottage, and her six-month-old son called Coner enjoy attending the regular half hour rhyme time sessions at Crawley Library which give children an opportunity to join in sing along sessions.
She said she would like the rhyme time sessions to go on for longer than 30 minutes.