Officrèche Blog

The best board games for preschoolers

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Board games are making a comeback. In a world where we’re becoming ever more digitally interconnected, and subsequently physically disconnected, there’s a small rebellion going on. Board game sales have been increasing, year on year, and the increase is getting bigger every year too. For example, 2014 saw a 6% rise in board game sales. 2015 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Interview with mush app founder Sarah Hesz

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Have you tried mush yet? It’s a new app for mums to help you meet other mums! Entrepreneurs are often told to consider their business in terms of the problem that they’re trying to solve. Well, mush has set its sights firmly on trying to solve loneliness among new mums by connecting them with others […]


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Touch, taste, listen, sniff and look!

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Using senses can help determine whether something is good or bad – when a child puts something in their mouth they know if it’s ok to eat or chew. When we smell, we can tell if food is off, which means not good to eat! Children learn through their environment and adding sensory experiences enhances their […]


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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 […]


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Easy Costume Ideas For World Book Day

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World Book Day 2017 is on 2nd March 2017! As World Book Day descends once more, many of your little ones will want to dress up as their favourite book characters. This is such a lovely way for children to immerse themselves in the world on fiction, and to celebrate a love of reading too. […]


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Crafty Christmas decorations

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Now that December is just a weekend away your thoughts are probably turning to Christmas decorations and little gifts for friends and family? Follow our simple step-by-step guide below to make something that ticks both boxes – a personalised Christmas decoration that you can also give as a gift. Even better, making them is an […]


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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 […]


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