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MercyCare partners with BubDesk to support working parents

MercyCare’s Early Learning Centre in Wembley is the first day care in the state to partner with local business BubDesk to offer parents a work space on the same site as their child’s day care.

MercyCare has teamed up with BubDesk to offer an innovative trial, which will create a temporary office space for up to five parents to rent on the Wembley site.

The office will offer a quiet working environment, WIFI, printing and parking, and is designed to give working parents flexibility in their work/life balance.

Parent Bree Kirk-Burnnand said she hoped taking part in the trial would enable her to ease her 7 month old son Urban into day care while still allowing her to run her business.

“This trial will offer me convenience, flexibility, and balance, knowing that while I work, my boy is being well taken care of,” she said.

“BubDesk is the perfect solution for me because Urban refuses to take a bottle, so being at the same site will allow me to feed him throughout the day.

“The trial will offer Urban the chance to socialise with other children and learn independence while I get to work in a supportive environment with a network of women around.”

BubDesk was launched in February 2016 by Meg Burrage, who wanted to give parents the opportunity to transition their child into day care when they went back to work.

“The idea was actually borne out of desperation when I wanted to return to work after having my son, but couldn’t find suitable day care,” she said.

“I also didn’t want to continue working from home, as I found there were too many distractions and felt it was too isolating for me.

“Being able to work in the same place as my son, knowing he was being cared for, and that I could still interact with him during my work day, was the perfect solution.”

MercyCare CEO Chris Hall said the trial was an exciting way for the organisation to support working parents.

“We understand that transitioning a child into day care can be difficult for parents and their young children,” he said.

“We wanted to give parents the opportunity to make this transition easier, by still being able to maintain contact with their child during the day, while also having the space to get their work done.”

The trial will start on Monday March 20 and continue for three months.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the BubDesk trial should contact MercyCare’s Wembley Early Learning Centre on 9442 3410 or email wembley_ELC@mercycare.com.au