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We are small team, but a big family, and we are passionate about providing a fantastic service to the people of Nottingham. Our aims extend further than ourselves, and we constantly seek ways that we can be a blessing to the community around us.

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please download the resources below and get your application in.


Application deadline: 9:30am, Tuesday 16th January

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What is the importance of play in the development of a child’s brain? Obviously this is a really important aspect to consider for Eden Softplay; if we intend to be a force for good in the world, we need to be sure that our main product is most beneficial for the minds of those who use it.

So what is play? How is it different to exercise or games? I think the difference is freedom and creativity. To make and break rules, to explore the possibilities!Read more about Eden Soft Play


A family café like Eden soft play prioritises maximising the benefits their play space gives as children play on it. So we’re in the middle of discussing the emotional, social, physical and mental benefits of play. We discussed the social benefits last time, and this time I’m talking about a more obvious one, the physical benefits of play.

In 2011, Nottingham City Council published the Healthy Weight Strategy 2011-202, which stated that “Nottingham’s children have significantly higher levels of obesity compared to the England average at age 4 to 5 years”.

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Benefits of play – Social

A child friendly café like Eden soft play should always be interested in the benefits their services provide for children. For this reason I thought it would be good to chat briefly about the benefits of play, namely the social, physical, mental and emotional benefits. Play is something kids just do, it’s so great that it’s part of their development and it’s so great that soft play area’s get to be part of it!

When we watch our children playing, in a soft play or park or anything, we will undoubtedly see them begin to interact with other children. This is a natural part of behaviour and vital to development. Children will improve their social skills by playing with other children, and research shows that a child’s success at school (and employment in the future) depends a lot on their ability to form positive relationships and interactions with their peers. For social skills, practice makes perfect!Read more about Eden Soft Play


Here’s post number 3 of the story of our play centre, Eden Softplay, with the aim of increasing people’s awareness of the workings and purpose of our family café. This is the last post of three that aims to give a general story of how far we’ve come as a community project, as well as a play centre. This time I wanted to outline some of the challenges we have faced.

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In the last 2 years, since Eden Softplay opened in November 2013, we have always had our eye on the waste we produce. We’ve tried to do our bit, rising above the industry norms. We steer clear of disposable cups and plates, for a while we had chickens to eat the food left on plates (currently looking for a new outlet), we created two sizes for child meals to reduce food wasted (and money spent!), to name a few of our efforts.

It seems that the system of how we all get our food is broken though. Recently, there has been a lot of coverage in the media about the amount of food wasted by supermarkets. Apparently whenever a supermarket receives a stock delivery, a portion of that like likely to go straight into landfill! Even though it’s fresh from the suppliers! Crazy! France has responded by introducing a law that orders supermarkets to find a charitable output for this waste, so what about England?

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Ok so I’m back with Eden Softplay’s blog, post number 2! Looking to help people to understand the purpose of our play centre, above and beyond the “normal” play centre stuff like parties and slides!

To start off I’m aiming to get across our story, last time I explained how the soft play centre came to be and what we set out to achieve, this time I’ll be talking about the first 18 months of our project.

Eden Softplay was launched 9th November 2013: From a business perspective this was a financial risk in itself as starting mid-winter meant we would have to weather the summer with only half a winter’s income (remember, soft play is a rainy day activity!). Despite this risk, we felt the launch date was right, and so we pushed on: We knew that there would be a couple of years while the business go established before we could start investing in the community significantly, so we were eager to get going!

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We are looking to bring someone new into the Eden family!

If you are interested please download our application pack by clicking here, or enquire with our staff next time you’re in!

Please note our application deadline is 9am, Tuesday 11th August


Well this is our blog, up and running, in the hope that we can communicate a little bit about what Eden Soft Play is about, what we’re doing and why. This explanation is important because we aren’t just a Soft Play Café; we’re also a social enterprise, working for the good of the people of Nottingham.

Our first three blog posts are about the story of our family café, why we started, how it’s gone so far and the challenges we face as a charitable business.

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Ok, a lot of people have been enquiring about working for Eden Softplay, so here it is, we are hiring! The position available is to work Saturday and Sundays only. All the best in your applications! Application packs are available on request, please contact Eden Soft Play for more details.


Have your party at Eden Softplay

We offer a wide range of party services from 5-50+, we can handle your party requirements. Complete the contact form to the right, read more or call us on 0115 9864 118

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