December drone flyby: Still no childcare at Apple Park

100,000 square feet for a fitness and wellness facility, but none for onsite daycare.

Duncan Sinfield's new Apple Park drone flyby Monday (below) reminds me that the company still hasn't explained the lack of childcare facilities in its new $5 billion-plus corporate campus.

I've asked Apple about this more than once. I asked again this morning. I'm starting to think that the missing daycare center might be, as Mashable has suggested, not an oversight but a feature.

"This was no mistake," wrote Cassie Murdoch last May. "It was a big fat message to anyone who might be contemplating trying to balance family life with their obsessive devotion to their job. And that message reads, in the sleekest font imaginable, 'nope.'”

And now Jony Ive, who supervised the design of what he refers to as "our home," seems to be shrugging off the critics.

"We didn't make Apple Park for other people," Ive told a Washington D.C. audience last week. "So I think a lot of the criticisms ... are utterly bizarre, because it wasn't made for you. And I know how we work, and you don't."

See also: Hey Tim Cook, here are 17 Fortune 100 companies that DO offer on-site daycare

Cue the video:


  1. Richard Wanderman said:
    I think (although don’t know) that Ive is probably defending the open office plan rather than talking about daycare.

    It would be interesting to know how current Apple employees are dealing with daycare. Do we know if Apple helps coordinate this or are employees doing it on their own?

    Maybe there’s something already in place off campus.

    I do think it’s in Apple’s best interest to offer employees with children some kind of support, either on or off campus. Given the long work hours, on campus would seem a better option, even if running it is outsourced.

    December 5, 2017
  2. Ken Cheng said:
    As Richard states, I also think there must already be well established daycare centers right around the campus serving the site for years. Would be interesting to hear what the actual employees think.

    December 5, 2017
  3. Jonathan Mackenzie said:
    I think rather than provide on site child care, which may or may not fit the needs and desires of employees (e.g. some may have special needs, or some may prefer non-secular child care), I think Apple should provide an amount of money that employees can spend on child care arrangements themselves. And of course not to be unfair to employees who don’t have children, I think they should allow this money to be used for non-childcare purposes.

    In short, I think Apple should provide a flexible payment (call it a “salary”) to its employees and let them spend it in whatever fashion they need to meet the demands of their chosen lifestyle. Make sense?

    December 5, 2017

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