These B.C. businesses are here to help with work play balance
At Vancouver-based not-for-profit Nestworks, kids are free to visit their parents in the coworking space when they’re not in the dedicated gym, indoor playhouse or open reading areas. The Nestworks team says that, once acclimatized, most kids will naturally choose to play instead of hanging out at their parent’s desk. For now, the Mount Pleasant company is a pop-up prototype—support them by signing up for three hours of childminding/coworking time ($50 in total) in September.
Produckidvity provides childcare for kids aged five and under all over B.C. (the HQ is in Kelowna, but there are locations in Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary). There’s an in-house chef and meal program for the kids, and adult members get access to the pet-friendly coworking space and some spiffy amenities (we’re looking at you, Peloton bikes). Memberships start at $50/month for coworking, and drop-in childminding is $99 a day.
In addition to office space, startup consulting and its onsite Children’s Atelier (childminding service), Vancouver’s OneSpace offers well-being workspaces: rooms that can be rented by practitioners like counsellors, massage therapists and the like. Yes, that means that you can get a massage during your lunch break while your child is being cared for. Hot desks are $37/day and childminding is $20/hour, but set booking and membership options lower that hourly rate.