Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed a new charter to make high streets parent friendly after linking up in Westminster with the UK’s largest parenting charity.
Coffee chain Starbucks is the first retailer to adopt NCT’s Parent Friendly Places Charter, pledging to provide a parent-friendly environment in more than 800 stores across the country.
The charter commits to ensuring a supportive environment for parents, particularly when it comes to feeding their child whether by breast, bottle or high chair – or a mix of all three.
A training programme, designed by qualified professionals from NCT, has been delivered by Starbucks to its baristas across the country.
“This is an excellent initiative that I hope will be embraced by more shops and retailers across the UK in the months to come,” said Caroline.
“As a mother myself, I know that it can be awkward to ask for hot water to heat up a bottle or space to feed in comfort and not be embarrassed, so this move will allow parents to feel more at ease when out knowing they have the support of staff if comments about feeding or noise are made.”