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Finding perfect pets for little people

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  The health benefits of pet ownership are well known, writes veternary nurse Sophie Beckwith. There is the reduced likelihood of developing allergies, lowered blood pressure and more opportunities to be active, and cuddling our pets reduces loneliness and lowers stress levels. When children grow up with animals they learn responsibility and develop social skills […]


Sniff it!…Divine or Disgusting? Preschoolers’ smelly discovery

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Children start off learning everything using their senses, writes early years manager Lisa Taylor. They touch, taste, listen and see the amazing world around them and sniff at all the fascinating discoveries it has in store for them. We must nurture the senses through exploratory experiences – this seems especially important considering the sensory overloaded […]


Returning to work – remember you’ve got superpowers

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  By Eliza St John Before I had children I’d park my car at work and check my make-up. Now I have children, I park my car at work and scrape my child’s breakfast or snot from my top. Coming back into the world of paid work can be a challenge. Especially if you’ve returned […]


Let’s have fun on a train – 6 great mini railways in Sussex

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Trains are an adventure. A big train takes children to new and exciting places, but miniature railways are a whole world of fun, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. This is why grown men have miniature locomotives and let families ride on them. Toddlers and preschoolers often enjoy playing with toy trains and miniature railways are a […]


Freelance or entrepreneur – childcare that suits your set up

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How do you work it as a mother? Do you have a baby that breastfeeds? Do you have a toddler that pulls at charger cables? Do you have a school child that wants to watch Dangermouse rather than practice phonics? Or do you have all three?! Is it time to join the freelance world? So […]


Keep being positive to raise happy and confident children

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  Clinical psychologist Dr Gemima Fitzgerald specialises in resilience and spoke on the subject at TEDx, Brighton. A mother of two, she shares her thoughts on understanding children’s emotions and helping them to grow into happy, balanced adults. On the whole, children are naturally optimistic. However, during childhood, around the age of seven, an explanatory […]


Watching things grow – seeds, soil and water

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  Children love to explore and ask comments about the natural world – particularly discussing how things grow, change and decay. Planting encourages children to explore and learn through their senses and also helps them to understand where food actually comes from. Some children genuinely believe that food comes from Tesco – imagine their delight […]


9 great shows and events for toddlers at Brighton Fringe

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There is so much for going on for younger children this month as the Brighton Fringe has a great array of events suitable for all the family until early June. We picked nine great shows and activities to open up a world of wonder for tiny babies to toddlers and preschool children. 1. The Den […]


Spring Plans For Our Brighton Nursery

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New growth and shoots are being planned as the spring sunshine blazes through the window and I continue to digest the enormous amount of Easter eggs I have eaten…   We’re learning inside the nursery and out – not just the kids but the adults too: hot on the heels of her level 3, Rhianna […]


Who’s for 30 free hours of childcare a week?

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UPDATE: we are currently trying to understand how best to work with this scheme at Officrèche, as it will be available from September 2017. We want to hear from parents who are eligible. We’d love to get your thoughts on the 30 hours free childcare from our survey, which you can take here. Who’s for 30 […]