The concept

In contrast to existing co-working options with childcare, Sandburg does not separate children from their parents. Our innovative Hubs actively dispel the myth that children need to be completely separated from their parents for the parent to work effectively. We provide safe, flexible, co-working offices, allowing parents to work alongside their children whilst having the support of trained child carers and suitable facilities in the same space. Instead of attempting to create work-life balance, we offer work-life combination.

The integration of our children at the workplace saves time as children do not need to be transported to and from day-care. Sandburg also eliminates the limitations of strict opening hours in traditional daycare facilities. Sandburg is an office inside a nursery school, open 12 hours per day. It offers flexibility, to shorten or differently spread parental leave. Employers can thus potentially have their employees back sooner. Our physical spaces are designed with noise reducing materials and our onsite childminders give working parents peace of mind to maximize productivity within reach of their young children and toddlers.

Sandburg eradicates new parents’ stressful search for childcare, their feeling guilty at drop off, and it keeps them from feeling worried and distracted during the day. Sandburg also eliminates the need for working parents to rush to collect their children at the end of the day. It is an uncomfortable truth  of  modern living, but research on the harm of separating children from parents is astounding— children experience  high levels of stress when starting day care and their cortisol levels remain elevated for as long as five months after their first day of separation for their parents. Working parents also struggle with the additional time it takes their children to return to “emotional equilibrium” each night.

A typical Sandburg accommodates up to 15 parents and their children, aged birth to 3.

The Sandburg Work-Life-Combination-Hub offers three models:

Model 1: Large companies offer Sandburg as an in-house option to its employees. The employer provides the space within the company’s building and invests in fit out costs. Future costs are limited to overhead and a monthly fee covering staffing and supplies. The monthly cost may be shared between the company and parent-users in a fair and appropriate manner (e.g. based on the age of the child and the parent’s salary).

Model 2: Several smaller companies share  Sandburg, renting a space nearby as needed or establishing  Sandburg in an existing coworking space. The fit out cost will be covered by the participating companies upfront. Future costs are as with Model 1.

Model 3: A commune decides to establish  Sandburg to support its freelancers, gig workers and entrepreneurs. This could be similar to Model 2 in a rented room or a coworking space or in a public space such as a library, museum, post office, community or job centre. The commune invests in fit out costs. Future costs are as with Model 1.

Sandburg hubs provide an environment specifically designed to minimise noise, as well as quiet spaces for meetings/calls, with all of the well-documented advantages of a coworking space.