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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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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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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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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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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Let’s have fun on a train – 6 great mini railways in Sussex

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Trains are an adventure. A big train takes children to new and exciting places, but miniature railways are a whole world of fun, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. This is why grown men have miniature locomotives and let families ride on them. Toddlers and preschoolers often enjoy playing with toy trains and miniature railways are a […]


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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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