A work area and nursery has been combined in a new Wandsworth shared office space. The Third Door play centre provides childcare for parents and guardians while they use the offices connected to the play area just next door.
The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, according to The Guardian, and was created by husband and wife team Shazia Mustafa and Yusuf Chadun.
Mustafa came up with the idea for the centre after taking maternity leave from her job as a global brand manager at Nokia. She found she was unable to concentrate on creating new business plans with a friend whilst simultaneously looking after her baby daughter.
Mustafa said: “I remember wishing that there was somewhere we could go for a couple of hours and work productively while someone was looking after our children.”
The pay-as you-go scheme at the centre means parents only pay for the time they use. Their children are cared for by the in-house child minders while they benefit from the Wandsworth office facilities.
Nursery manaager Lisa Fry said: “It’s about creating trust between parents, carers and children.”
She continued: “As a parent, it’s reassuring to know you’re only round the corner if anything goes wrong, and for the child we think it’s just as important for them to know you’re nearby”.