It took a while before we decided to try out Trehaus – a co-working space with child-minding facilities. Back in March last year, I had just started freelancing and got to hear of it. Naturally, it piqued my interest and I thought it was a brilliant concept (still do). However, there were many considerations – including additional financial overheads to pay for the co-working space and the playgroup space, as well as the whole lot of logistics of getting there with two babies given we live an hour away by bus, so the idea was moot.
Later in the year, we got a car, A&S became more active, I’m clearer in the direction of my freelance work, and we thought it’s timely to check Trehaus out. Now 2-3 months in, seeing how the kids are settling and growing in to the space and routines there, I thought I’ll share my perspectives on why I appreciate having a place like Trehaus:
The Trehaus Team
As with most places, it’s the people who make or break an experience. Over time, we developed an affinity for the team whom we see every time we go in, knowing that the kids are in good hands and that at its core, they built this space to support parents who want to be present for their little ones, yet get work done in a conducive environment. Piloting a new concept like this especially when it involves kids (AND parents) isn’t easy and usually subject to lots of scrutiny, but the Trehaus team always do so with much patience and care as they help to ease everyone into the environment.
I love this article “It Takes A Village” written by Liz, these quotes summed it up well:
The village today is no longer bound by ancestry or physical locations. The community that is invaluable for our children to thrive in with added guidance, support and care is what we make for ourselves.
The children that are at our Trehaus Kids Atelier now have new aunties and uncles (fellow co-workers who are members in our space) – a community that showers them with affection and love, and are involved in raising them indirectly.
That’s our village right here at where we work and our children play. There’s so much support everyone gives and receives here in our co-working space which makes the parenting journey more worthwhile than if we were all to do it on our own.
Karyn, Trehaus’ Community Manager and Logan