Officrèche Blog

Welcome to Officrèche

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We were a Brighton-based nursery with attached co-working space, empowering parents, freelancers, employees working remotely and entrepreneurs to take control their time in an unprecedented way. Officrèche’s nursery has closed its doors after nearly 6 years of business. We had a wonderful time in business, built a thriving community, had significant positive economic and social […]


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Wow! 23 great events for toddlers at Brighton Fringe

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Puppets, balloons and three baby discos, there is so much aimed at the under fives during this year’s Brighton Fringe. After taking her daughter to Fringe shows before she was two-years-old, mum and Officréche blogger Sarah Booker Lewis seeks out the best this year has to offer. Most shows are shorter than an hour keeping […]


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Look, smell, chop, cook and taste – when Foodini came to Officrèche

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Chopping and grating, kneading and mixing, children love cooking at Officrèche, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Our preschoolers had a full hands on experience making different dishes every day when Foodini Club sent in their recipe packs for a week. The Brighton-based company launched its child-friendly recipe kits for families on a trial basis back in […]


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Officrèche features on Radio Reverb

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The amazing Radio Reverb is Brighton’s premier community radio station. Set up as a non-profit, it exists to serve the community and support Brighton and Hove residents, projects, and businesses with its regular quality content. One of the many fantastic shows on Radio Reverb is the Brighton Business Show, hosted by Laura Evans. Laura is […]


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Smartphone resolution – taking time out from technology

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When my three-year-old daughter held up her hand and said: “My phone says…” I wondered if I was spending too much time looking at a screen. She also has an imaginary tablet to search for her missing things, just as I use an app to find my missing phone, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Our children […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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