How does it work?
Ah yes, thanks for asking. We’re the first to admit that it sounds a little unusual. I guess you could say BubDesk is an online matchmaker for parents in need of a solution and childcare centres who are willing and able to offer it.
BubDesk talks with childcare operators right across Australia & New Zealand about the benefits of parent workspaces within their centres and if they have the desire and the space then we help them bring the concept to life.
What will I find?
Every centre is different – different staff, different layout, different processes, different vibe – and therefore every BubDesk is different. At a minimum, centres provide parents with WIFI, printing and coffee, but you may find others offer parking, secondary monitors, private offices, the sky’s the limit (check the centre profile pages for more information).
Can I attend casually?
To use a BubDesk centre you would enrol your bub as usual with the centre on a set day or set days of the week and then you can either pre-purchase BubDesk credits by way of discounted pass packs or you can pay by weekly direct debit for the number of sessions you intend to use. There is no minimum commitment of BubDesk office sessions you need to attend, but there is generally a 3-session minimum requirement for your bub in the childcare centre, as a fair bit of admin is involved to organise your child’s enrolment.
If you’re a regular BubDesk visitor you will receive log in details to our booking system, which allows you to book in days, reschedule days and add additional days here and there if needed. You also receive the additional benefits of make up sessions for you or your bub if either of you are sick, away or your session falls on a public holiday.
Grow Your Business
We love to support BubDesk members’ businesses and want to see them grow, so if you’re a regular BubDesker you can also list your business on our website as a preferred partner and we’ll run features on your business through our social media channels.
Is it for me?
BubDesk isn’t just for business owners, we also see a growing number of corporate professionals making use of BubDesk as they transition back into work and students who just need a little peace and quiet to finish that thesis. Come to think of, there are a bunch of members who just come in to catch up on household admin away from the distractions of home!
Who will I meet?
The BubDesk community is diverse. Everything from landscape architects, to lawyers and even hoola hooping instructors. A wide range of skills and services to draw on and great opportunities for business referrals. A lot of the networking is done virtually through our closed Facebook group, but you’ll find the community very close and supportive, as we’re all facing and overcoming similar challenges.
What is it NOT?
Now I’ve told you a lot about what it is, let me tell you what it isn’t. BubDesk is not a Spacecubed, not a WeWork, not a WotSpace or any other large bustling, Google-like co-working space that you might envisage or associate with the term “co-working”. BubDesk spaces are little offices, sometimes only 2 or 3 desks, that you may share with a couple of other parents on one day, while on other days you might have it to yourself. The primary purpose of BubDesk is to provide a facility where parents can work nearby their bub – you’ll possibly meet some other awesome parents while you’re at it, but it’s not something we can guarantee – not in the office at least, but we’re often organising meet ups to bring everyone together that we’d love to see you!
No Silver Bullets
BubDesk is not the silver bullet. Transitioning a baby into childcare is hard. There are tears, there are daycare bugs, there are all those things that make parents wonder, “Why am I doing this?” BubDesk can’t make those things go away. What BubDesk can do is allow you to be right there onsite to give cuddles or feeds as needed to make the whole transition a little easier. We’d recommend that if you’re not yet at the point of being committed to the cause, you’re in no real hurry to begin and you’re basically “testing the waters” then maybe start with some babysitting or sessions at your local creche to see how you go, as it could take up to 10 sessions to settle your baby in, so you’re going to need nerves of steel!
If you’ve read the above and you’re thinking, “Yes, I’m in! What next?” I’d say start with a tour. Either have a read through the centre profiles to find one that looks to be the right fit (& it may not be the closest) or take the survey and we’ll get in touch with our recommendation. Tours can be requested be directly with the centres at this link.
How Ready Are You?