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Organise kid-friendly coworking meetup #783

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johnmckerrell opened this issue May 4, 2018 · 26 comments

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commented May 4, 2018

I'm thinking "Jelly Tots Coworking Playgroup". Playgroup makes it clear that this isn't childcare, using the Jelly branding will help with familiarity and hopefully Jelly Liverpool will help us, at least with social media promotion.

We can't run this until the events room is ready but there's certainly some things we can do now like working out the best day of the week, generating interest and collecting information on people who are interested.

  • Run a poll for best day to run it
  • Collect email addresses of people interested in attending (probably via the poll)
  • Prepare the space
    • #665
    • #961
    • #726
    • Other issues that might need breaking out (make the doors kid safe?)
  • Work our our policies on bringing kids for coworking (like getting it clear that you are responsible for your child's safety and behaviour, what are the expectations when bringing your kids when jelly tots is not on?)

Things to consider obtaining but not mandatory:

  • Foam carpet tile jigsaw piece things
  • Small table and chairs
  • Crayons
  • Books
  • More toys
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commented May 4, 2018

I was wondering if we could commit to doing it weekly over the summer, during school holidays. Perhaps not as we're really aiming this at younger-than-school-age children but MD Productions will be doing stuff for school age children so there might be a chance for a tie-in, drop one kid with them and then come upstairs with the younger one(a) to get some work done. For a free event we wouldn't really want to do it more than monthly but if people are interested we can always do a "paid" version more often, or really people can mostly self-organise for that as really it would just be "paid coworking".

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commented Feb 7, 2019

We should get some of those foam carpet tile jigsaw piece things to protect the carpet somewhat. Heating of course. It might be worth getting big square cushions that keep crawling babies in one place but it really depends what age of kids we expect. A small table and chairs could be good too, we've got drawing paper already but we could do with some crayons. We've also got play-doh already. I'll add things to consider to the list above. More books and toys would be good also.

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commented Feb 7, 2019

In my house we've got SUNDVIK table & chairs from Ikea for £30 and £15 respectively. There's more options though, KRITTER at £25 and £12 or even LÄTT for a table and 2 chairs for just £20. If we expect them to get a lot of use though we probably don't want to get anything too cheap (although if we don't know how well this is going to go we might!)

We should also consider the SNIGLAR changing table even as a temporary measure. We have a nappy bin that doesn't get so much use that I can bring in.

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commented Feb 12, 2019

We actually need to sort out a proper changing station.

If we can get some posters designed and printed (preferably on some decent paper stock as well if it's cost effective) I'll take some to put around the baby places I go.

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commented Feb 13, 2019

I've brought in some magnetic letters. The whiteboard nearest the front of the pile is magnetic. Ideally we would want to mount this on the wall near the ground.

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commented Feb 21, 2019

So, we're going to need:

I reckon I'll have a look around some charity shops over the weekend - you can pick up loads of stuff cheaply, and they're not of worse quality than brand new, the vast majority of the time. I'll also have a word with Laura and see what, if anything, she'll be willing to part with, even on a loan basis while we see how this goes and whether it's worth investing more money in.

The storage is an interesting thing. As we're already looking for something to go under the window, it might well be worth spending a bit on this and getting something good that will act as regular storage as well as for the kids' stuff. The more awkward thing will be finding somewhere to keep high chairs/kids tables and chairs/other things that don't easily break down into stuff-away-able size.

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commented Feb 21, 2019

Added mention of steps for in the toilet, not absolutely required but if they're cheap they're worth having.

Another one for the list is that it might be worth having paper towels on hand as some kids (mine) get freaked out by the high power hand dryer.

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commented Feb 21, 2019

I think mine is ok with them now, so long as he's prepared. I may have used quite a bit of exposure therapy on him.

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commented Feb 21, 2019

@johnmckerrell Are you able to take a lead on getting this stuff in by Tuesday? Happy to help, of course, but I won't be in again until half an hour before we're supposed to start, and I've got family down this weekend.

If there's anything I can do, just let me know.

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commented Feb 22, 2019

I would say that if @jackie1050 can pick up the things listed above that come from IKEA, that'll be a good start 😊

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commented Feb 23, 2019

Bought stuff marked as Ikea, plus some random cutlery and plates.
Some assembly will be needed.

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commented Feb 23, 2019

I've ordered foam carpet tiles, should delivered to my home tomorrow.

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commented Feb 25, 2019

Apparently expedited shipping means "in about a week", I changed my order last night but they're now not due until tomorrow so we'll just have to see when they turn up. Coming to DoES now.

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commented Feb 25, 2019

Checked B&M and they had the foam squares, got 2 packs of ten, only opened one so far, can see what we think if/when the others come tomorrow.

Another "toy" idea I had was dress up clothes, I notice all the museums have them these days. Would be nice to get relevant ones but I'm not sure there's a specific "maker" costume. White coat perhaps, boiler suit, er.. any more?

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commented Feb 27, 2019

Didn't understand what you meant at first but yeah safety goggles could be a fun one.

So we've done one event, it went pretty well although we didn't have all that many people turn up, people seemed to enjoy and appreciate it though. There was some talk about a Thursday being a good day for the next one. Do we think we're ready to try to commit to a monthly event yet?

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commented Jul 18, 2019

As we've arranged the first day, and held more since (albeit with limited success), I think this can be closed, especially as the outstanding issues around how we get more people to attend and make it more visible are tied up in other open issues.

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