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Let’s get digital – family fun at Brighton Digital Festival

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There’s always something on in Brighton and Hove, and September brings a month of events with the annual Digital Festival. You may think it’s for the adults and older children, but Sarah Booker Lewis found four family friendly events for smaller folk. Hello Lamp Post It is a little embarrassing that my three-year-old holds up […]


Exploring and adventuring this bank holiday weekend

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Pirate fancy dress and treasure hunt is just one fun event happening this weekend. Image by Juhan Sonin licenced by Creative Commons     It’s the last bank holiday weekend of the year, apart from Christmas (let’s not think about that one too much but cards are in the shops). As a freelancer I try […]


Let’s dig in the sand and have fun on the beach

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Let’s be honest, Brighton beach isn’t great for children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. We may take our little people for a jaunt along the pier, but between the Palace Pier and i360 the prolific number of bars is not inviting to  toddler. Sand is lacking, even at low tide. There is a patch of sand […]


Touch it, feel it, squish the dough

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Babies and children in all the rooms at Officréche love playing with play dough. They squish it, bash it, shape it and create with it. The team of early years practitioners always make it a bit more interesting than commercially available doughs, and it is simple to make. Extra texture by adding rice, visual stimlation […]


Vegetable phobic? Try the blind taste game

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Children’s eating habits can be a mystery at times, writes Officréche early years manager Lisa Taylor. We try every trick in the book, serve them hand prepared, healthy, nutritious food from the moment they cut their first teeth and still, all of a sudden, they don’t like something they have gobbled up every week before! […]


Spotting butterflies in Brighton and Hove

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Butterflies are a sure sign of summer. At the end of July and beginning of August the Butterfly Conservation Trust is asking families to spend 15 minutes looking for butterflies in their gardens, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. In the UK the butterfly population has fallen, with 76% of native and migrating species in decline. Sir […]


Mini beasts are everywhere

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  Minibeasts are everywhere. Children are often fascinated by insects, arachnids and invertebrates they see every day. Look at the snail with its long eyes. See how the woodlouse curls up when you pick it up. Slime, goo and small crawling creatures are in the gardens, parks and even in the home. Some of the […]


Wonder in the world of animals

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  Animals are amazing. Anything out of the ordinary is even better for preschoolers. Taking Officréche’s three to four-year-olds to Drusillas zoo park, was a great adventure. From setting off on the bus to arriving, the little group were extremely excited. As soon as they were through the doors they were thrilled to watch the […]


Green is for girls and pink is for boys – not conforming to gender stereotypes

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  My daughter loves green, writes Officréche parent Sarah Booker Lewis. “It is my favourite and my best,” she says, echoing her favourite book character Lola. I encourage her to enjoy a multitude of toys and games without conforming to an old-fashioned notion of gender stereotypes. When she was a week old I was asked […]


Flash and bangs, getting excited by storms

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What a bright and loud series of thunderstorms we’ve experienced during the last couple of weeks, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. My husband and I have taken it as a learning opportunity for our curious almost three-year-old, so she doesn’t feel fearful about loud noises, flashes and bangs. When a storm hits, looking out for flashes […]