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.

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

If you're app-y and you know it – our Top 10 EYFS apps

Top 10 EYFS apps duck duck moose

Tablets are the must-have tech in any educational setting but with a slew of EYFS apps on the market and limited time to check them all out, we at QA Nursery have done some of the hard work for you. Some of these apps are for children aged from two and most develop into more difficult levels or follow-on apps, making differentiation easy. From sounding out to sorting recycling, there is something for every pre-schooler on this list…  

Children's books focus on shared reading and discussion of values

shared reading willow tree cat and dog cover

A new imprint of children’s books has been released with the focus on accessible, loved and trusted stories ideal for shared reading with adults.

Willow Tree’s Picture Story books and chapter fiction stories are all designed to generate a love of reading. They have launched a range of adorable animals which have adventures, work through squabbles and welcome new family members.

Early years technology encourages social skills

early years technology genee world carl sheen

Early years technology has a crucial role in helping children to understand how to work as a team, understand roles and responsibilities and engage with learning; building a solid foundation between nursery and primary school. Here, Carl Sheen, former teacher and head of training and development at Genee World looks at how early years technology can help build skills among pre-schoolers…