Officrèche Blog

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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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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Flexible workspace and crèche coming to Dalston

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UPDATE: V22 Dalston have achieved their crowdfunding targets, and the project will be going ahead! Stay tuned for more soon… We caught up with V22 in Dalston, who are currently raising funding to provide a flexible workspace with a crèche. That’s an idea we’re a little bit keen on here at Officrèche, in case you hadn’t […]


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Green is for girls and pink is for boys – not conforming to gender stereotypes

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  My daughter loves green, writes Officréche parent Sarah Booker Lewis. “It is my favourite and my best,” she says, echoing her favourite book character Lola. I encourage her to enjoy a multitude of toys and games without conforming to an old-fashioned notion of gender stereotypes. When she was a week old I was asked […]


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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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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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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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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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A Day In The Life of Mikki

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Day in the life of a nursery practitioner Hi ya, I’m Mikki. I work in the Green room with Emma & Georgina. The Green room is the environment for children aged 18mths to 30mths. In this blog I am going to tell you all about a typical day of mine.


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