Officrèche Blog

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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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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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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Favourite books for nursery aged children

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There are so many books to choose from, do you choose ones with flaps, ones with feely pages, ones that rhyme, ones with numbers??? The list goes on and on! The very Hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle Children love the predictability of this book; they enjoy helping the adult to read the story by naming […]


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Five books for pre-schoolers

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Over the last 20 years working in Early Years and having my own children, I have discovered some favourites that have stood the test of time and seem to capture any child’s imagination. The Gruffalo, or anything by Julia Donaldson The rhyming in these books is brilliant, children adore them. These books are fun, entertaining, […]


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Turning Three Before Christmas: Booking Your Free Place With Us.

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There’s been a huge amount of media coverage about the cost of childcare recently, so this is how to claim free childcare for your three year old next term. Free childcare – really?! The cost of childcare is a huge expense for most families. In a recent survey by The Family and Childcare Trust, research […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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How Flexible Childcare Can Work For You

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These days we are all busy, right? And as busy parents, we need to know that we’re making the right decisions when it comes to childcare. Not only do we need to feel secure in the knowledge that our precious little ones are safe and being cared for well, but we also need to know […]


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