Don’t we all wish we could have the luxury of running our own business while being able to look after our children at the same time? Well, parents need not feel guilty leaving their child at home when they go out to work any more, thanks to Trehaus!
Singapore’s first co-working space equipped with child-minding and learning facilities, the newly opened space at Claymore Connect is the brainchild of four working mothers Rachel Teo, Tjin Lee, Elaine Kim and educator Elizabeth Wu that aim to change the landscape for working parents in Singapore by providing an environment where quality work and family life can co-exist.
Spanning a total area of 4,000 sq ft, Trehaus is divided into two areas – the Workspace and Kids’ Atelier. The Workspace offers private offices, semi-private dedicated desk and a common co-work space while the latter is outfitted with child-minding services and the option of lessons and programmes for children.
The space is also divided into adults-only zones and common zones that include the pantry where parents and children can come together.
How does it work?
Trehaus runs on a month-to-month membership scheme, which starts at $350 per month. There are a number of membership options to suit each individual, and members can expect flexible use of the workspace complete with office facilities such as meeting rooms, printer/scanner, pantry and business address with mail and packages handling. Facilities will cater to up to 60 members at any one time.
Moreover, child minders can be hired for $15 per hour, with the Kids’ Atelier accommodating to up to 30 children. All members’ children will have access to the adjoining Kids’ Atelier and the related assistance, facilities and activities it provides.
What we like about the Kids’ Atelier
Intended for children aged 0 to 6 years old, this open concept space is fluid in its arrangement and layout to sustain interest of the children. This means that the theme of the Kids Atelier’ changes on a weekly basis – to keep children engaged. Designed to maximise the potential of space and light, it is created to develop the potential, abilities and curiosity of children through exploration alone and with other children.
Hand-picked by educator Elizabeth Wu herself, the teachers and child-minders at the Kids’ Atelier are all equipped with years of experience in early childhood.
We asked two mummies what they think about this new initiative, and here’s what they had to say:
- “This is definitely a great idea because not only am I able to show my child where I work and what I do, but I also get to see every little milestone. This will certainly help working parents to bond with their children better.” – Shelly Anne De Rozario, full-time music teacher and mother of one.
- “As an entrepreneur myself, I am appreciative of this initiative because it gives me the freedom to have the peace of mind that my child is fine and is in-front of my eyes. This idea will definitely be a hit with a lot of mums who struggle to find that balance between their careers and family.” – Nora Zahid, event planner and mother of two.
Check out the full range of membership packages here.
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