- jerry woods
Co-working Spaces With Childcare May Be The Next Big Thing
Working remotely can be a great way to spend more time with your kids, but to actually get any work done, you could still use a village. Co-working spaces with childcare are the wave of the future. They can offer the best of both worlds, a place to get work done while the kids can play.
For developers and commercial property owners, co-working spaces and child care will be the trending projects to build.
Below are some options from around the country:
Fandory Factory - San Diego, CA
Fandory Factory offers the ultimate workspace for working parents and playspace for kids, a combination of indoor entertainment experience for your kids while offering office/workspace for you. Whether you need just a desk to work for a few hours, a mailing address for your business, or meeting space for your clients to fully equipped offices and kitchen––Fandory Factory has you covered. Fandory Factory also features a kid-size indoor play town offering visitors of all ages the chance to play like a kid and use their imagination.
This space creates a community for freelancers, part-timers, work from homers, moms and dads, and their kids with networking opportunities. They also offer babysitting services for parents who need them while they work.
Wiggle & Work - Los Angeles, CA
If you've got anxious tots that don't want you out of their sight, Wiggle & Work offers the perfect solution with workstations placed right next to the play space where your kids can get their wiggles out. If your kids don't mind a little separation, you can take advantage of the quieter second-floor office space, which features a giant TV monitor with a live feed of the kids at play downstairs. Either way, kids ages three months to four years will stay entertained with crafts, sensory activities, ball pits, music, and so much more while you work.
The Little Wing - NY, CA
The Wing, a members-only workspace designed for women, recently expanded its amenities to include childcare. The workspace for professional women, which also offers empowering events, speakers, and community-building activities, now offers childcare at two of its locations in New York City and West Hollywood, California. In addition to babysitting services, while you work, The Little Wing also offers enrichment classes for kids, like music, art, and yoga, as well as workshops for parents.
Elemeno - Washington, D.C.
What started out as a cool indoor play place has evolved into an incredible resource for working parents and their kids called Skillzone. The meticulously designed Skillzone indoor playspace was built around the concepts of leading early childhood development science and Montessori educational models. In addition to plenty of exciting space to explore. Skillzone also offers classes in music, dance, art, and more.
The Coven - St. Paul, MN
The Coven offers a space focused on catering to women, non-binary and trans people. The gorgeous space in St. Paul is a co-working community, that features private offices and conference rooms, as well as classes, workshops, and special events. For the kids they offer on-site, drop-in childcare provided by trained professionals from College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors.
The Coggeshall Club - Middletown, RI
This workspace meets daycare meets the gym is the perfect one-stop-shop to tick off everything on your to-do list while your kids learn and play. The gorgeous workspace features private and communal spaces, a conference room, printers, WiFi, coffee, tea, and snacks. If you want to squeeze in a workout, you can check out the fitness area where you'll find streaming classes provided by Peloton along with Peloton Spin bikes. The gym also offers in-person yoga classes, strength training, and more. To boost your mental well-being Coggeshall Club also features a wellness suite with access to massage, physical therapy, reflexology, reiki, life, and career coaching, and parent support groups. The childcare portion of the facility houses a fully licensed daycare with a program based on the Montessori style of learning.
Big and Tiny - Los Angeles, CA
This integrated learn, work, and play-space has the goal of fostering productivity, creativity, and community for kids and parents alike. The modern, streamlined office space allows parents to focus on work, while the boutique playground/creative space enables kids ages six months to six years to play with sensory-rich sustainable toys that will encourage their imagination. Big and Tiny also offers classes including yoga, music, dance, languages, drama, and creative movement.
EvolveHer - Chicago, IL
The EvolveHer loft isn't just a workspace, it's a community made for working women. The space offers a welcoming environment, with dedicated desks and private offices just for women, it also features weekly events designed to support its members, as well as event space to rent and a studio to record podcasts or videos. EvolveHer has a partnership with Sprouts Academy, a preschool located in the same building as the offices, to provide childcare for members.
Nido - Durham, NC
Nido has masterfully fused their on-site Montessori preschool with office space for parents––and this not-for-profit business considers themselves a movement toward a new way of living and working and being with each other. The co-working space is a hub for those who work remotely or run small businesses, and Nido describes their environment as a "femicentric space" in which they aim to support the lives and needs of women and mothers.
For developers and commercial space owners, this may be the next new frontier.