Officrèche Blog

Brighton startups to watch in 2017

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Brighton is rapidly becoming a hotspot for startups in the UK. With a burgeoning tech and digital scene, thanks to the likes of Brighton Digital Festival and Wired Sussex, we are a proud community of entrepreneurs looking to launch their endeavours upon the world. We’ve seen a number of companies make it big after beginning […]


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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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Keep being positive to raise happy and confident children

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  Clinical psychologist Dr Gemima Fitzgerald specialises in resilience and spoke on the subject at TEDx, Brighton. A mother of two, she shares her thoughts on understanding children’s emotions and helping them to grow into happy, balanced adults. On the whole, children are naturally optimistic. However, during childhood, around the age of seven, an explanatory […]


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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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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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Ofsted: nurseries need to up their game

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In a speech launching Ofsted’s first stand-alone report on early-years education, Sir Michael will highlight the gap between outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and youngsters from more affluent homes. A BBC news report this morning focussed on him calling for a greater emphasis on structured learning. I believe the answer is better trained and […]


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Settling In Your Child At Officreche.

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My name is Tara and I am the deputy manager, pre-school room leader and our settings’ Early Years Professional (EYP). The blog I am writing today is all about how we at Officreche settle children into the nursery, something I am very passionate about. So much so, I wrote my dissertation for my BA (Hons) […]


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Girls and boys come out to play

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Biology and reality – why girls and boys play differently It’s common knowledge that girls and boys (usually) have completely different ways of playing and exploring, and since working with the pre-schoolers I have been fascinated as to why this is. I decided to do some research around this, and was amazed with what I […]


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Our Thoughts: More free childcare for working families

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You might have spotted me (and Iris..) on Channel 4 news last month – the Labour Party Conference was in town! The media were looking for parents and nursery owners to comment on the Shadow Ed Ball’s commitment to increase the Early Years Free Entitlement to 25 hours a week for families where both parents […]


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