Ceeda - Let’s measure childcare delivery costs properly!


Early years researchers at Ceeda launched the #AboutEY research programme in May 2017, to plug the gap in large-scale, systematic research on sector trends and challenges. The research focuses on private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare providers.

Join over 1,700 nurseries and pre-schools and 450 childminders on the About Early Years research panel and help build a sound evidence base on childcare delivery costs.

Over 2,150 settings have joined the panel already and hard facts are coming thick and fast:  

Book review - Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems

Apes to Zebras review by Zachary and Edward

Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems

Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson

QA Nursery were excited to receive a copy of Apes to Zebras: an A-Z of Shape Poems – a gorgeous collection of short animal poems from Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson.

The publisher of the poems, Bloomsbury, promised the book would “entrance and delight in equal measure” – and it did just that during bedtime reading with Zachary, Edward and mum Hayley! 

Never Too Young To Grieve book launched to support EYFS children

Never Too Young To Grieve boy looking out of window

A book called Never Too Young To Grieve has been launched for EYFS staff to support bereaved children under the age of five. 

The initiative is a partnership between childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish and leading childcare provider Busy Bees. 

Never Too Young To Grieve targets individuals and professionals who support young children during and after the loss of a parent or carer. It draws on the 25 years’ experience of Winston’s Wish supporting bereaved children, young people and their families. The book offers information, guidance and activities specifically to support the ‘forgotten mourner’ generation, often left behind in the grieving process.

Bedtime the Danish way


Asleep in Minutes… Bedtime the Danish way

How bedtime meditation helps children to sleep

FROM ‘Hygge’ to parenting, the Danish way of doing things is often widely talked about and one of Denmark’s latest exports is no exception. “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart” by emerging Danish author Gitte Winter Graugaard enables children to fall asleep within minutes. Now available in three different languages, it is beginning to change bedtime routines the world over.

What’s her secret? A method so simple it will surprise you: you’ve just got to turn up the love.

World’s Creepiest Lullabies


Sweet dreams or nightmares – are we scaring our children to sleep? Have you ever thought about the lyrics sung in lullabies? Although it’s proven that singing help babies get to sleep, if you pay attention to the words sung within these traditional songs, they are often more unsettling than soothing.

Looking into songs from around the world, creepy lyrics are a universally common theme - despite originating from a time before global communication. As we all know, persuading babies to sleep isn’t always an easy job, and any parent will tell you of their desperation to soothe a restless baby. The traditional lullaby has stood the test of time as a way of relaxing at bed time, but are we scaring children to sleep?

Morton Michel Annual Childcare Survey 2018

Childcare Survey

Morton Michel invites you reflect on these issues in their 2018 survey and your answers will enable them to paint a picture of where the childcare industry is and provide an indication of where it is going. 

Last year has been momentous for the childcare industry. The introduction of 30 Free Hours in England and the beginnings of similar policies across the rest of the UK may herald a change in the way childcare is delivered. At the same time, questions of recruitment and retention have raised their heads and will necessarily affect the future of childcare. These concerns all take place against the background of the increasingly digitised world and the UK’s forthcoming exit from the European Union. 

Megger Makes PAT Testing Easier Than Ever

Megger Makes PAT Testing Easier Than Ever

Simple and fast to use, reliable and robust, compact handheld PAT testers in the groundbreaking PAT100 series from Megger are the ideal choice for carrying low to medium volume testing in offices, shops, business units and similar environments. Their very short learning curve and their tough construction – they feature Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the display and rubber armouring for the cases – means they’re also well suited for use by training organisations.

Pedal power for nursery children

children on bikes

Pedal power to London nursery children with donation of 56 bikes to help tackle the capital’s obesity epidemic, One in five children in the UK start school either overweight or obese. Bikeworks donates 56 bikes to London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) to get nursery children active.

June O’Sullivan MBE warns of ‘absolute crisis’ in nurseries with some children unable to cross their legs due to being overweight.

Call for London Mayor to give every London child access to a bike whilst at nursery to help curb the Capital’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic

Nursery refurb creates space and storage

headstart refurb tables

A whole-school refurb meant that privately-owned nursery Headstart was in for a complete change. Not only did the setting get a makeover, but the work also meant moving rooms within the school building. We asked how manager Alison Davies and her team coped with the alterations, and how they feel about their new setting now the dust has settled…

What was your setting like before the refurb and what was on your wish list of improvements?

We ran the pre-school from a small classroom within the primary school which was not purpose built for the under fives. We had to store everything in this room which was very difficult and we even had no personal area or any room for the manager to make calls or meet with parents, staff etc.