Art organisation V22 has opened its first workspace crèche in their studio building in Dalston, writes Katie Tysoe

It won’t be news to many that childcare in London is expensive – in fact 39 per cent more expensive than outside of the capital.

As well as the cost, it’s often inflexible and hard to secure, and as a result many artists, entrepreneurs, creatives and freelancers are struggling to continue their work while not giving up being hands-on parents.

V22 has provided an answer by creating a space for artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs who are parents to work alongside a crèche facility for their children.

The crèche has dedicated access to the lovely Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and the use of local facilities like the CLR James Library.

As well as self-contained studios and fixed desks, V22 offer sharer desks which can be rented per three-hour crèche session. They ask that parents use the crèche facility at least twice a week so that children can get to know each other, settle in to the new environment and fully enjoy the learning and play activities on offer.

“It’s really important for freelancers with young children to have a space where they can get some work done, but that also provides a fun and enriching environment for their little ones,” says parent, Jo.

“I hope other workspaces take inspiration from what V22 is doing so that more freelancers can access this sort of service.”

“It’s my son’s first experience away from parental care and the crèche has been wonderful, says Tara, another parent. “I’m nearby if he needs me, but I can also get on with my work knowing that he is safe and happy and being cared for.”

In partnership with parents and carers, V22 is building an environment that celebrates the importance of play with child-centred routines through creative parenting and an ethos of co-caring.

There does not have to be a choice between being great parents and great makers.

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