Officrèche Blog

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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Discover nature – 8 birds you can spot in Brighton and Hove

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BIRDS are all around us in the streets, our garden and in parks. Here in Brighton and Hove we have numerous seagulls and the evening delight of starlings flocking around the pier at night, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Even tiny babies can delight at spotting the birds flying around, so why not join in the […]


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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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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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Let’s dig in the sand and have fun on the beach

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Let’s be honest, Brighton beach isn’t great for children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. We may take our little people for a jaunt along the pier, but between the Palace Pier and i360 the prolific number of bars is not inviting to  toddler. Sand is lacking, even at low tide. There is a patch of sand […]


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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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Vegetable phobic? Try the blind taste game

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Children’s eating habits can be a mystery at times, writes Officréche early years manager Lisa Taylor. We try every trick in the book, serve them hand prepared, healthy, nutritious food from the moment they cut their first teeth and still, all of a sudden, they don’t like something they have gobbled up every week before! […]


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Spotting butterflies in Brighton and Hove

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Butterflies are a sure sign of summer. At the end of July and beginning of August the Butterfly Conservation Trust is asking families to spend 15 minutes looking for butterflies in their gardens, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. In the UK the butterfly population has fallen, with 76% of native and migrating species in decline. Sir […]


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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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Flash and bangs, getting excited by storms

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What a bright and loud series of thunderstorms we’ve experienced during the last couple of weeks, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. My husband and I have taken it as a learning opportunity for our curious almost three-year-old, so she doesn’t feel fearful about loud noises, flashes and bangs. When a storm hits, looking out for flashes […]


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