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Wow! 23 great events for toddlers at Brighton Fringe

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Puppets, balloons and three baby discos, there is so much aimed at the under fives during this year’s Brighton Fringe. After taking her daughter to Fringe shows before she was two-years-old, mum and Officréche blogger Sarah Booker Lewis seeks out the best this year has to offer. Most shows are shorter than an hour keeping […]


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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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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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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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Exploring and adventuring this bank holiday weekend

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Pirate fancy dress and treasure hunt is just one fun event happening this weekend. Image by Juhan Sonin licenced by Creative Commons     It’s the last bank holiday weekend of the year, apart from Christmas (let’s not think about that one too much but cards are in the shops). As a freelancer I try […]


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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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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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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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Guest Post: The Importance of Outdoor Play

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I hate to see single use toys.  You know the kind of thing; a café set or treehouse with figures in that can be just that.  We have them, but they seem such a waste of resources and imagination.  I much prefer lego (or some-such) that might come presented as a café, but can be […]


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Creative Tea

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Here is another blog from one of our Officrèche members, Danica Appolline, author of The 7 Magic Keys of a Wonderful Life.   “Is that a……..?” Elizabeth asked, pausing with surprise, as she walked in to find me typing away on my laptop, upstairs at Officrèche. “A measuring jug of tea, yes” I said, completely expecting […]


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