Officrèche Blog

Brighton’s best accountants for freelancers

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Brighton freelancers – is it time to hire an accountant? Hiring an accountant when you’re a freelancer or self-employed can be a big decision. We can’t make the choice for you, but there’s an interplay of three important factors here: time, money, and mindset. First, you need to decide whether it’s even necessary–many freelancers manage […]


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Space, the first and final frontier – five ways to look at space with young children

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EXPLORING space is amazing. Preschoolers have enjoyed in Officréche’s Yellow Room have built a rocket as they learn about space, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. My three-year-old is very excited by the whole project. We have talked about men going to the moon on a big rocket called Saturn 5. With foil mini rockets on 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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The scientific approach to time management

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Time management is a challenge at the best of times, but as a freelancer it becomes a vital skill to master. You are beholden to yourself to get work done on time, both to meet client deadlines and to stop your work life creeping into your personal life – a common struggle for freelancers. If […]


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Talking to Leo Wood about her new project: PlayPen

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PlayPen launched recently in East London – a pop-up Ofsted registered crèche with attached coworking facilities operating out of St Paul’s Way Community Centre (run by the wonderful folks at Poplar Harca, who are also providing financial support to PlayPen) in Mile End every Thursday morning. Set up by Leo Wood, who has previously founded […]


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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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Going on a journey to learn something new

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Going from place to place must be a magical experience for babies and young children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. When they’re babies they fall asleep in a pram or sling in one place and wake up somewhere else. As they grow up the wealth of different transport options is a thrill. “Look a bus!” “The […]


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A guide to Brighton’s Best Wifi Cafes

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Brighton’s packed with cafés, and has developed a bit of a reputation for its coffee culture. In fact, with the average Brightonian spending £177 on coffee annually (more than anywhere else in the UK), you could say we’re a bit obsessed with the stuff. Brighton’s also the best city for freelancing in the UK, and […]


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7 Awesome Events for Freelancers at Brighton Digital Festival 2016

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Brighton Digital Festival is taking over the city in September, and it’s another line-up of fantastic grassroots organised events. There’s a huge range of things to attend, from the arty to the sciencey, and those aimed at kids to those aimed at adults (such as the occasional boozy open studio… not naming any names). We’ve […]


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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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