Coworking + Childcare in Vancouver, BC, Canada

We return with even more Monday motivation with a new Coworking + Childcare interview, this time from a community in Vancouver

This week we share a conversation with the Nestworks team in Vancouver about what they’re doing to help tackle local childcare challenges in their community.

Can you tell us a little about your coworking space, your town/city and its population and who your space is perfect for?

Nestworks is a concept in development in Vancouver, BC, Canada that integrates coworking and childcare. It’s designed for parents who require coworking space—for example, distance workers, consultants or entrepreneurs—that is closer to home than downtown Vancouver. It’s also designed for their kids, with services ranging from infant care through to after-school programming and features including dedicated nursing lounges and stroller parking.

What made you decide to look into merging coworking and family needs?

We have been working on Nestworks since 2017. The idea for it came as a response to the personal journeys of our Board members: parents running businesses who have either taken our young children to work with us, or experienced the same struggles of independently working parents who lack access to affordable and high quality childcare.

What have been your biggest wins/successes so far?

In early 2020, we held our first pop-up coworking event with childcare services provided by PIRS’s Pop-Up Child Care, a local not-for-profit that trains new Canadian women to be Early Childhood Educators. We met and heard directly from parents about what their work-life challenges were and why Nestworks would be so beneficial to them. 

We are excited to host many more of these as prototypes for permanent locations that we hope to open in 2021 and beyond.

Any challenges you're struggling to overcome? And if so, how can folks help you and your community with this initiative?

COVID-19 postponed our plans for a crowdfunding campaign to help fund our first location. However, we want to continue building our online community and spreading the word about our concept to parents in Vancouver and beyond, and plan to host future pop-up events.
 
Interested individuals can share more about their needs by filling out our Nestworkers application.

What insights do you have for other coworking spaces based on what you have learned so far?

We would love other coworking spaces and employers to realize how much childcare contributes to a thriving economy.

COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on working parents and women in particular, which urgently needs to be addressed. 

Providing childcare or other activities for children as an extension of coworking would not only solve problems for working parents, but also be a model for how life and work can be integrated more cohesively, benefiting the health and wellness of our society in the long term.
 

A massive thanks to the Nestworks team for taking the time to share these answers and for all you do to tackle childcare challenges in your local community.

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