Just like most tasks for parents, shopping with kids can be a mission! Drop N Shop Crèche is here to help.
I don’t have kids personally, so when I head out to the shops the only person I have to organise is myself and when I am shopping, the only person I have to worry about is myself. For parents, it is a duty you really have to prepare for! Ensuring your child / children stay by your side at all times and don’t run off. That they don’t touch anything when you’re in the shops that they stay in the trolley and don’t try to escape etc. It can be quite the overwhelming experience sometimes for parents but what if I told you that there is a place in Westfield Carousel that will allow you to shop kid free for up to 3 hours?! That there is a child care facility that will allow you to drop your kids off and be cared for while you shop?!
‘Drop N Shop Crèche’ offers a fully safe and supervised, yet fun environment for children (aged 2-12 years old) to explore and play while their parents enjoy the amenities offered on hand by Westfield Carousel. Azalea Hampson (alongside her husband) are the extremely proud operators and owners of ‘Drop N Shop Crèche’. After struggling with a very difficult pregnancy, enduring post-natal depression with her second child, Azalea really struggled to find employment having to take off a fair bit of time with what she was going through. She had always wanted to start her own business so she decided to leave her employment and her husband and herself agreed to sell one of their cars, their investment property and borrow money from their parents to start up ‘Drop N Shop Crèche.’
The idea for ‘Drop N Shop’ came about as being parents to two boys under five, Azalea and her husband have experienced their own difficulty in completing even the simplest of tasks, when visiting large shopping centres with their children. Food shopping would take twice the time, trying to manoeuvre a large pram around fashion departments was near impossible and the kids had very little to no patience to wait for both parents to ever get the chance to try anything on and so, ‘Drop N Shop Crèche’ was born!
Amazingly, this Crèche consists of a large indoor playground with two slides, a play structure for smaller children, a reading corner with books, gaming area with a Classic Nintendo console and a PS4, as well as an arts and crafts corner with of course various loose play items and toys! I’m no child but even I love the sound of this! All of the staff of course hold a current Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) so rest assured your children are in incredible hands!
Parents, you are able to book your children in for the duration and prices below:
1 Hour Crèche Booking – First child $12.50; Additional children $11
1.5 Hours Crèche Booking – First child $18; Additional children $15
2 Hours Crèche Booking – First child $22; Additional children $18
Movie Length Crèche Booking – First child $30; Additional children $25
The Movie Length Crèche booking is a 3 hour booking allowing parents to drop their children off and head upstairs to get their confectionery, watch the movie and then pick up their children at the end. This booking only applies to movies under 160 minutes in length and a movie ticket with the same playing time from Hoyts Westfield Carousel must be presented upon drop off.
Located near the Valet Parking (Kmart / Coles entrance) ‘Drop N Shop Crèche’ also offers a range of Organic, Nut Free & Gluten Free snacks as well as water for the children at a minimal cost. The Crèche is equipped with two nursing rooms too so that mothers with younger children may nurse them while their older siblings play. The Crèche also has kid sized toilets and one disabled toilet. Currently ‘Drop N Shop Crèche’ is open in line with the centres hours (therefore open every day) while also working in conjunction with other retailers within Westfield Carousel, such as Smiggle, Float and Restore, TGI Fridays, so that parents can use their services and receive a 10% off voucher to be used at the Crèche.
Many more details and deals on ‘Drop N Shop Crèche’s’ can be found on their website and social media sites below.
Azalea, her husband and her caring team look forward to caring for your children soon!