Daddy Day Care

As a father of 3 and a grandfather of 1, I eagerly took on the challenge of visiting some of the Waterfront’s hospitality venues, to see how a male is catered for (pun intended) when dealing with non-potty trained youngsters.  It wasn’t that long ago that my skills were called upon again as a hands-on grandad and this meant reliving trips out, trying to source clean and private (although any would do most times) facilities.

Offering parents and/or carers changing facilities for youngsters is now an expectation on almost any business where children are allowed on the premises and whether that business understands the Environmental Protection Act and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations or any similar legislation, is immaterial to a desperate requirement to return a child to cleanliness.  However, in a society where the sexes are rightly becoming more and more aligned, can a hands-on male care for a child’s toilet needs in the same way as a female?

My journey began in style, with Aurora offering excellent, well equipped & specific unisex facilities, spotlessly clean.  Cult Café was my next geographic stop and this time, a freestanding wooden table and plastic mat were available in the disabled cubicle.  So far then, this dad & imaginary child were being catered for.  Coffee Link was the first of several venues, including Salthouse, Isaacs, Bistro on the Quay, The Waterfront Bar Bistro & DanceEats to offer a wall-mounted, pull down changing station in a unisex/disabled cubicle.  Cargo is fortunate to be sited in the University’s building and therefore benefits from very clean & modern unisex facilities, located in a nearby disabled cubicle, clearly marked with baby changing signage.  Colours Continental Café offered only a plastic mat in its unisex toilet.

The Grazing Sheep is the newest venue in the area and therefore benefits from very clean & modern fittings in its single, unisex cubicle, with clear signage that facilities exist.

So all in all the Area does indeed cater for females and males alike.  Well almost…..DanceEast has decided that signage depicting a person wearing a skirt is acceptable. Thoughts!?