“We live in a network of peers who are not typical 9-5ers, a nomadic tribe of people who view the world in a different way and want to make it better, we see having children and our working lives, not as separate things but as one and the same.”

– Alice, Impact Hub Member

Here at Impact Hub Birmingham we realise that many families are choosing flexible working patterns, freelance and self employment in order to obtain a better balance. We would like to explore how we can better host parents and children at the Hub and have devised three strands that we plan to pilot throughout March and early April in partnership with Amy Martin and F A M A L A M. These draw on conversations and feedback to come out of initial #RadicalChildcare interventions, and will continue to grow with the ideas and energy of the community who wishes to use them.

 

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Co-Creche

Tuesday 1st March / 11am-2pm: Book Here

Tuesday 15th March / 11am-2pm: Book Here

Tuesday 29th March / 11am-2pm: Book Here

The idea is simple – professional childminders and experienced playworkers care for your child with learning resources, toys, musical instruments, play kitchens etc. whilst you work downstairs at Impact Hub Birmingham, with high-speed broadband and a place to work, read, meet and drink good coffee.

This has been great for parents who want to gently stretch the distance between them and their babies, breastfeeding moms and those that want 3 hours of time to network, hold meetings and get some work done.

This is a pop up co-working and creche facility at Impact Hub Birmingham for children aged 4 months+ and their parent(s)/carers.

It is a condition of Ofsted that parents/carers stay on site at all times and this creche opportunity combines a co-working/meeting space at Impact Hub including broadband. Childcare will be provided by qualified childcare professionals and play workers all with enhanced DBS clearance and with experience in the care of children and babies. Places are strictly limited. Snacks, toys and juice/water provided.

£15 / 3 hour session. Book now via eventbrite.


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Stay & Play

Tuesday 8th March / 10am-11.30am: Book Here

Tuesday 22nd March / 10am-11.30am: Book Here

Tuesday 5th April* / 10am-11.30am: Book Here

Impact Hub Stay and Play will meet fortnightly from 10am-11.30am and affords an opportunity for Hub members and non-members and their children to talk, play and socialise together.

We provide a wide range of free-flow activities for children aged 6 months to 5 years, plus a healthy snack and a drink of juice or water.

*with guest Lucie Stephenson from NEF
On Tuesday 5th April we have invited Lucie Stephenson from New Economic Foundation to our Stay and Play session to talk about her experience of Childcare Cooperatives. Childcare cooperatives take shape on a spectrum from casual babysitting exchanges all the way to highly organised preschools with hundreds of participating families. This kind of peer-to-peer childcare initiative can cost up to 50% of the cost of traditional provision and make up nearly 10% of the childcare provision in Canada and New Zealand.

£2 / session. Book now via eventbrite.


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Relaxed Meeting Space

E-mail: nikki.bi@hubbirmingham.net to book

A relaxed meeting space is available to book for short intervals at Impact Hub Birmingham. This space welcomes working parents and their children with age appropriate toys, resources and a relaxed atmosphere.

Perfect for freelance working parents who don’t want to commit to a whole day’s worth of childcare just for one meeting, or for employees on paternity leave arranging a ‘contact day’ with their employer with their little one in tow. Available to book 1 week in advance.

£ pay what you can afford suggested donation of £10/hour.



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We need you!

F A M A L A M in partnership with Impact Hub Birmingham are looking for Early Years Practitioners to join us in exploring innovation in childcare.

If you are enthusiastic about working with children and their parents/carers/families and are open-minded to working collaboratively and exploring alternative ways of working, we would love to hear from you.

E-mail: info@famalam.org


To find out more visit the #RadicalChildcare page, come along to the Learning Community or join the open conversation on twitter.