[@OKau] Childcare at GovHack

Kristy Schirmer kristy at zockmelon.com.au
Wed Sep 2 04:58:34 UTC 2015

Hi Lachlan,

My partner and I participated in GovHack in Adelaide in 2013, at the time
we had a 2.5 year old. I contacted the Adelaide team to see if we could
bring our son in at different stages over the weekend, and to my delight
Gail and co. were happy to accommodate this and even were able to have a
few volunteers on site to amuse him, play cards while we were in
competition mode (from memory we were in the same room). Without this
flexibility we simply would not have been able to participate.

My only suggestion is to rethink the policy of no 0-2 year olds. With
little babies they often need to be at arm's reach for breastfeeding mums.
I would urge you to reconsider this as this could be a enabler/barrier for
parents of younger babies.

Thanks for writing up your experiences and your leadership on this. As a
female, relatively new to the entrepreneur and start up environment, and
mum of 2 kids under school age, your initiative to think about child care
provisions is greatly appreciated.


*Kristy Schirmer | **Principal Consultant **| **Ph: 0438 645 012*


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On Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 1:31 PM, Lachlan Musicman <datakid at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I've written a blog post on the site about providing childcare at GovHack
> 2015.
> http://au.okfn.org/2015/08/22/childcare-at-govhack-how-it-was-done/
> Cheers
> L.
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