Officrèche Blog

Adventures into the Gruffalo’s deep dark wood

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Just an hour drive north there is a magical place, writes Officréche mum Sarah Booker Lewis. We were ready to make a journey through the deep dark wood, where a mouse saw a nut and the nut looked good. Yes, Chessington World of Adventures beckoned for my daughter’s fourth birthday treat, and the new Gruffalo […]


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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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Little ones love lambing – Tips for family friendly farming trips

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Spring is here and lambs are appearing in farmers’ fields with their mothers. Many farms in Sussex open their doors to families so children can learn about rural life, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. It is a chance for our youngsters to get up close to farm animals and learn about country life. Coombes Farm in […]


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Discover nature – 8 birds you can spot in Brighton and Hove

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BIRDS are all around us in the streets, our garden and in parks. Here in Brighton and Hove we have numerous seagulls and the evening delight of starlings flocking around the pier at night, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Even tiny babies can delight at spotting the birds flying around, so why not join in the […]


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How to turn conflict into connection – learn nonviolent communication

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The following was written by Max St John, founder of The Needs Work and an Officrèche parent. As a parent, life seems to become all about managing difficulty. From terse conversations with your partner after a crap nights’ sleep or negotiating with small children on simply getting their f**king clothes on to crashing through your day […]


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Search for Snowdogs – have fun while you learn

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Spotting Snowdogs is a new sport in Brighton and Hove. It’s like Pokemon Go in real life with something to touch and enjoy, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. For children of all ages it is a wonderful learning experience with added excitement when you come across a giant colourful dog in an unexpected place. When they […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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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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 […]


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