About Us And Meet The Kidzplay Team
We are passionate about delivering quality play experiences that you can both visit or have at home. We are here to make it easy for you to enjoy quality time with your kids.
FOUNDER / CEO
14 Years and counting of owning and running Kidzplay. Kidzplay has morphed over that time from being a simply soft play centre in Harrogate to delivering play experiences at home and in centre
FOUNDER Kidzplay Play Box
Karen has over 14 years of experience of creating children's activity programmes and is the creative inspiration behind the Kidzplay play boxes. She also doubles up as our creative director too.
Play Centre Operations Director
Debs is responsible for delivering the play experience in the play centres and is the point of contact for anything to do with the play centre business. She is passionate about the team and customer service.
Lesley is our font of all knowledge about Children's Play. She has been a passionate advocator for the importance of play and has run very successful nurseries. We are now really lucky to have her as our play mentor to inspire our creations.
Founder Kidzplay Playhouses
Phil is our Mr Fix It. He takes all our ideas and makes them into practical solutions that work both in centre and at home. There is not a problem he cannot solve and he is really hands on is creating the play experiences, kidzplay playhouses both at the venues and for your home
At the moment I have the dubious pleasure of both being the CEO and the FD given that I am a trained ACA with PWC. However as the group grows we will be recruiting into this role so watch this space
Why We Do What We Do
I started out this journey when my kids were 1 and 2 years old and the play provision for them was non existent in Harrogate at the time. Since then we have developed the play experience as it is today, focusing giving kids the opportunity of experiencing all different types of play within the centre.
We have always wanted the play centres to be a good community space for all to share, however Debs now takes this to a new level with her teams. We are totally committed to recycling and becoming zero waste venues, committed to developing young people though our in-house training schemes and apprenticeships. Giving kids the best time, Mums some much needed rest and catch up social time is our reason for being.
Karen came on-board early on, and we have worked together for many years. Starting out as Singamajigs she has tirelessly worked to improve pre-school teaching and learning, cumulating in providing kids classes in crafts, pottery as well as singing. COVID and the Lockdown gave us the opportunity to "box up" what Karen had been doing for 10 kids in a class and we now distribute the boxes all over Europe never mind the UK, giving 1000's of kids the opportunity to be creative and Mums a box you simply open and play with.
Phil has always been my go to if I need something creating or making in the centres (As well as my Dad, I cannot not mention him and his unlimited help he has given me over the last 14 years ). I had always wanted a role play village, but one with a difference. it wasn't just a village, we needed a play programme behind it to give it a reason and make it the best village kids could visit. Phil took my vision to another level and creating first the role-play village in Little Bees Harrogate. From there we have extended our partnership and now create handmade imagination stations and bespoke play houses as well as the villages in centre. Phil is passionate about building and making everything perfect.
Lesley has been one of my best friends since we met at a baby group many moons ago. What she doesn't know about kids playing and development could be written on a postage stamp. Her knowledge, expertise and ideas have transformed our play experience because we can now "explain the why". Why is that piece of play equipment crucial to a child's development? As a team we are fully commited to "explaining the why". It gives you a great insight to your child, why they are behaving as they are and how you can help.
We hope you really enjoy visiting our centres and playing with our products. Enjoy this time together, as a parent of now teenagers, I know just how quickly this time passes and we will do everything we can to make sure you can spend the time playing together