You Work, They Play: A Co-Working Pre-School

A new pre-school is due to open in central Singapore this July offering early years education for children alongside a co-working space for parents.
You Work, They Play: A Co-Working Pre-School
By Carli Allan
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Attention working parents! Singapore’s newest co-working space is due to open this summer with an on-site pre-school. Trehaus School will open within Trehaus at City Hall, a unique 'village' in the CBD where parents can work while their children attend classes.

Describing itself as a “Silicon Valley-inspired pre-school”, Trehaus School has capacity for more than 100 students aged two months to six years. The school promises to deliver an “holistic, future-forward approach” to education that focuses on “building character and raising the next generation of changemakers”.

Teachers will follow Trehaus' bespoke Littles Programme which includes modules such as Little CEO to develop leadership and executive skills; Little Engineer to introduce future skills like coding and robotics; Little Entrepreneur to instill problem-solving, design-thinking and entrepreneurial skills; and Little Philanthropist to nurture a desire to give back to society.

“We believe that to build character, unlock creativity, inspire curiosity and ignite a true love for learning, we need to venture beyond the classrooms and academic- based teaching, and we are building a Silicon Valley-inspired preschool that’s unlike any other, to create what we believe early education needs to become,” says Carolina Sam, headteacher of Trehaus School.

“We believe in raising children who will not just think ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ – but ask ‘What do I want to do to make the world a better place?’”.

The Village in the new pre-school

Facilities at the new school, which will be located within the new Funan Mall in North Bridge Road, will include an indoor playground, sandpit, beach caravan, glamping tents and a parent cafe. Parents will have the opportunity to pay a membership fee to use the village’s co-working space for both men and women, located next door to the school.

The global boom in flexible working has seen the growth of co-working spaces with on-site childcare in countries such as the US and the UK. Spaces such as Third Door in London and The Wing in New York give parents a hot desk to work at while their children play and learn under the same roof. Trehaus has been one of the first and only to offer such a model in Singapore; in 2016, it opened a combined co-working space and playgroup for children up to three years at Claymore Connect mall in Orchard Road. The opening of Trehaus School in July marks its first move into pre-school education.

The Commons co-working space

Trehaus co-founder and CEO Dr Elaine Kim says:

“The world is changing. Working parents of today don’t want to have to choose between career and family, and with Trehaus, they don’t have to. They don’t have to be bound to an office desk away from their children from 9 to 6, and miss out on being present in their children’s fleeting first years. Trehaus is excited to be at the forefront of a changing corporate culture that encourages work-life integration.”

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