Trehaus, Singapore’s first co-working space equipped with child-minding and learning facilities officially opened at Claymore Connect two days ago. Founded by working mothers Rachel Teo, Tjin Lee, Elaine Kim and educator Elizabeth Wu, the facility aims 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 square feet, Trehaus is divided into two areas – the Workspace, and the Kids’ Atelier. The Workspace offers private offices, semi-private dedicated desks, and a common co-work space, while the Kids’ Atelier is an open concept space 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 a pantry where parents and children can come together. There is also a very comfortable nursing cum changing room set up just by the Kids’ Atelier for breastfeeding mothers.
Memberships include a basic Flexi Co-Work option with a 12-day a month access ($350 per month) to the common co-work space, and Unlimited Co-Work option with full month access ($800 per month), catering to members with flexible working hours and arrangements without the need for a dedicated workstation. A six-month membership will allow users access to a personal locker.
But what if you already have child care, and just need a space to work in? Well, here are five other co-working spaces based in Singapore which could appeal to mums who want to get work done!
This swanky space also doubles as a restaurant and bar, and has clearly been designed with creative intellectuals in mind. It’s perfect for entrepreneur mums who are looking to launch their businesses. As a member with The Refinery, you will also get to learn and work alongside other skilled designers. A slightly higher membership package will grant you access to fancy (and expensive) crafting equipment.
Best for: mums who are creative designer types
Perks: free coffee and whisky
Membership rates: from $450/month (fixed working tables)
Accessibility: six-minute walk from Lavender MRT station
This workspace features a minimalistic interior and is located in the heart of Little India. Here, you can work anytime as it is open 24 hours a day! Standard office facilities aside, the Workhouse also supports entrepreneurs by organising social networking events. This is just what you should be signing up for if you’re raring to launch a start-up. Accounting and secretarial services are also provided!
Best for: entrepreneur mums who are keen on social networking
Perks: usage of pantry, personal lockers and access to the open rooftop terrace
Membership rates: from $450/month
Accessibility: seven-minute walk from Little India MRT station
The Working Capitol
Simple decor and generous natural lighting come together to form the beautiful workspace that is The Working Capitol. The founders of this co-working space with a cafe firmly believe in the ethos that a beautiful workspace gives rise to beautiful ideas. We all know how important great ideas are for new enterprises. If you have had a bad day, consider visiting the wonderful beer garden at the back of the premises.
Best for: mums who want the whole office package
Perks: access to meeting rooms, private phone booths, AV equipment, showers and changing rooms, pantries, printing facilities, and mailing services
Membership rates: from $267.50/month
Accessibility: eight-minute walk from Outram Park MRT station
Mums, if you are looking for a women-only co-working space, you have found it. Woolf Works, a shared workspace for women, is the first women-only co-working space in all of South and South East Asia! Its members include freelancers, business owners, writers, remote corporate workers, flexi-workers, consultants and business pre-launchers. Woolf Works was named after Virginia Woolf, whose book A Room of One’s Own (get it?) was published in 1929. Isn’t it amazing that, even 85 years ago, Woolf knew that women needed a separate space in order to ‘produce art’?
Best for: mums who want a girls-only workspace
Perks: access to the library, use of kitchen facilities and complimentary coffee or tea
Membership rates: from $200/month
Accessibility: 12-minute walk from Paya Lebar MRT station
Collective Works is a sprawling space that has been designed to cater to evolving business needs. Every detail here has been considered to maximise the effectiveness of your workspace. Choose a desk for yourself in an energetic zone or a seat in a quiet corner. This is recommended for mothers who want curated environments with maximum flexibility for co-working.
Best for: entrepreneur mums who are looking for a central location
Perks: mail service, access to lockers and video conferencing facilities
Accessibility: six-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT station