Officrèche Blog

Free Childcare Places in Our Brighton Nursery

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There has been a huge amount of media coverage about the cost of childcare recently, so we thought we would focus our latest blog to tell you about how you can claim free childcare for your three old next term. Free childcare – really?! The cost of childcare is a huge expense for most families. […]


Ideas for Little People

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This week we have a guest post from Emily at Ideas for Little People… The internet is packed with brilliant ideas for activities to do with the kids, plus a large number of terrifyingly complicated and entirely impractical ones. This is why I started Ideas for Little People – we hand-pick the best brilliant and […]


Full Time Mum To Working Mum – Our Top Tips For Getting Organised

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So your maternity leave is coming to an end. You’ve got your childcare sorted, your schedule is planned out and you’ve had a return to work chat with your boss. Now what? How to transition from full time mum to working mum? It’s all in the organisation. Here are some tips to help you get […]


Sensory Ice Painting

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As the winter months draw to a close, why not celebrate the end of the season with a spot of sensory ice painting? This is such a wonderful little project for little ones, and so easy to set up too. And the activity leads to lots of opportunities for extended learning and creativity too. Here’s how […]


Themes for summer learning

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If your child will not be attending nursery/ preschool over the summer, chances are you’re thinking of ways to entertain them over the summer. If that’s the case, hopefully these ideas will help you! You don’t need to be too prescriptive- child led play and learning is definitely the way to go. But it doesn’t […]


Make a summer bucket list

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Have you ever made a bucket list? It’s basically a list of things that you want to do before a certain length of time is up. Lots of people tend to make them before they reach birthdays that are considered a milestone, but for kids its a lovely idea to do one for the summer. […]


Helping your child with the transition from nursery to school

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Hello, I’m Tara, the Deputy Manager and pre-school room leader at Officreche. For the first time at Officreche we have our oldest children leaving us in the summer and making their way to ‘big school’ in September. We know that this transition can be an anxious and daunting time not only for the children, but […]


Ideas for sand play!

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Sand is a staple for many childcare establishments, and many homes too. This is one material that never really goes out of fashion, and there are so many ways to play with it too! We thought, seeing as summer is quite clearly on its way, we would list some of our favourite activities and ideas […]


Ideas for Frozen themed play

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Are your children into the Disney film, Frozen? It seems that this one is still as popular as it was when it was released last Christmas and so we decided to dedicate this week’s post to a some ideas for Frozen themed play. All of these activities can be found on Pinterest and there are […]


Walk to school this week

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This week is Walk to School week, a national incentive to get kids and their parents involved in National Walking Month. The aim of Walk to School Week is to get kids more active and out in the great outdoors- and who can argue with that? The wider campaign is well worth a nosy at […]