Once upon a time, when I was still carrying Faith in the womb, I thought it would be wonderful if I could work and be present for Faith at the same time. I mean, it’s fine if I have to be away from her for a few hours each day but if it’s 8 to 10 hours daily, then it can get unbearable. I’m quite certain that this is the constant struggle for working parents so when I read about Trehaus, I couldn’t help but beam with delight. Now, parents with flexible working arrangements can bring their children along and while they work, they could have the assurance that their kids are well taken care of and be engaged with play at The Kids Atelier. All these, under one roof.
I had the opportunity to visit Trehaus during the March holiday. After a brief tour of the work spaces, we spent the next two hours at the Kids Atelier. There was an instant sense of calm and tranquility as we stepped in.
The space is divided into different zones where kids are encouraged to explore the materials on their own and with others. These materials are selected for their aesthetic, sensorial and functional qualities and are safe and truly attractive to both the parents (like me) and the children.
The children present were first gathered (despite the different age groups) for Circle Time. It was Faith’s first time at the Kids Atelier and it was obvious that she felt a little out of place. The teachers caught that and made her feel welcomed and she quickly felt at ease with the rest of the group. Thumbs up for experienced and caring teachers.
While the older kids were engaged, I continued the tour of the place. There was a quiet and cosy corner where kids could take a rest and nap.
And our little friend decided to try out this bean bag. So comfy!
This is a private space for breastfeeding moms – the nursing room. It certainly feels like home – so cosy and and with such tasteful decor!
Faith was thoroughly engaged with the materials in each zone and there was little facilitation from the teachers themselves, as far as I observed. The children moved from zones to zones on their own accord and worked with the materials provided. It was indeed a pleasant sight for me, as an onlooker. They were involved in open-ended play and it seemed like they were satisfying their curiosity as they played!
This little man here was not neglected as his older sister had her mind stimulated. He was working on his muscles too and enjoying every minute of it.
I left Trehaus feeling hopeful. It is Singapore’s first co-working space equipped with child-minding facilities and I certainly hope this will pave the way for more companies to consider and adopt such a concept. Many women decided to leave the workforce upon having kids because they wanted to spend the early formation years with them and didn’t want to be apart from them for long period of time daily if they work, amongst other reasons. To many, it is a struggle to have to leave their career in order to look after the children. It is about priorities, for sure, but if there are options such as this and other flexible working arrangements, perhaps we could retain more women in the workforce?
If you are curious about Trehaus, you could book a 30-minute tour with them and find out more about their vision and membership plans. They organise events (such as this upcoming Baby Playgroup) every now and then so do keep yourselves updated via their facebook page.
Drop off is available at the Trehaus Kids Atelier too!
Faith and N, her playmate for that day
442 Orchard Road, #03-01
Tel: 9843 8077
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 9a.m. – 6p.m.
Disclaimer: We were invited to Trehaus and all opinions are mine.