Two moms have launched a business aimed at giving parents who work remotely a new option for both childcare and a work space.
Nido Durham in downtown Durham is the brainchild of Lis Tyroler and Tiffany Frye. Frye tells me that it's the Triangle's only co-working space to offer childcare. Not only is there shared office space for parents to work, but also a Montessori program for their children in the same building.
It started as a residential co-op in 2014, meeting at Frye's house in Northgate Park. Parents had been working together to provide the childcare, taking turns so that other parents could work in the co-working space, which was Frye's living room.
In May, the group moved into a new location on Broad Street and hired a Montessori teacher with 30 years of experience. She starts at the beginning of the business' summer term, which is June 15. As part of the arrangement, parents must volunteer in the classroom four hours a month.
"We want to simplify things for parents who are looking for a flexible lifestyle that allows them to have focused time to work while their children are also working in a developmentally appropriate environment," Frye tells me in an email. "Our members value being involved with their child's education and want to be close to them during the day, but they also recognize that they need some space and quiet to do the other things in life that are important to them."
Nido Durham is at 902 Broad St. The space offers a variety of membership levels, from 5 half days per week to a drop-in option. Members also can take advantage of community events, programs and yoga classes. The childcare program has space for infants to preschoolers. The website has all of the details.