Recognizing businesses that strive to create a welcoming space for all children through attitude, amenities and activities.
Consider a business from a child’s perspective. Would all children feel welcome when they arrive? Can all children have a great experience when they visit?
What Makes A Business Child Friendly?
We asked Edmontonians what makes a business child friendly and they gave us a large collection of ideas, divided into three categories; attitude, amenities and activities.
Attitude is the most important way to become child friendly. Patient, friendly and understanding service from staff who take the time to greet and welcome their younger customers is a major factor in how welcoming a business feels to children and their families. A smile is a great place to start.
Amenities are generally for the benefit of the adult(s) accompanying a child. Amenities are choices that businesses can make to improve the experience for adults with children. Some amenities like providing seating for children and washrooms that can be used by all genders to change diapers are considered ‘must- haves’ for child friendly businesses.
Activities help occupy children throughout their visit. Children that remain calm and content make their, as well as their adults’ experience at the business more enjoyable. Activities can be anything from providing a coloring sheet to creating an area specifically for children.
Simple changes in business practices can make a big difference to the experience of children and their families while visiting. This resource provides tips for businesses from making a good start up to best practices.
Business Recognition Map
Find out which businesses are part of the Business Recognition Program.