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Tuesday Story Time with Liz Weir: Why the Sky is Far Away

Did you know that once upon a time the sky was so close you could reach up and touch it? And did you know that if you broke pieces off it they were delicious treats that tasted like strawberries and pineapples? Award-winning storyteller Liz Weir once again inspires us to use our imaginations telling this wonderful story.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Tuesday Story Time. There is one more story left next week: “The Three Wishes”. We hope you can join us for that!


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Thursday Tip: Creating a Newsletter for your Service can Help with Tusla Inspections

The new Tusla Inspection regime (published 26 June 2020) will evaluate how you communicate with parents. This is a key aspect of the inspection, particularly now that face to face communication is challenging. Services will need to be creative and develop new means of communication such as holding virtual meetings, video, communication apps etc.

A regular newsletter remains a great way to get your message across. Do you know that for €9 a month you can produce a highly professional newsletter personalised for your service. Canavan Byrne provides timely, interesting content that you can choose from and edit as well as adding your own news or any other articles you think would be of interest to families. The newsletter is also personalised with your service name, contact details and logo.

Access to the Newsletter Creator is available to Early Years Resource Factory members for no additional charge and is one of the great benefits to EYRF membership, along with access to curriculum plans, many printable records, notices and forms, Family Notices, an archive of all the previous Friday Freebies, and a discount on many products on the Early Years Shop.

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New Non-Alcohol Sanitising & Disinfecting Products

The Early Years Shop is excited to now offer the Dew range of non-alcohol disinfectants. Dew Disinfect is 99.995% effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores and is 30 times more effective than bleach.

Dew products are made from electrolysed water and are safe, skin-friendly and effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. The active ingredient, hypochlorous acid, has been tested by Hokkaido University, Japan and they found it was effective in killing the coronavirus in solution as shown in this report (automatically translated from the Japanese by Google Translate).


“The hypochlorous water inactivates the new corona almost instantly, it’s safe, easy to get, and less irritating to the skin than alcohol. It can be recommended as a disinfectant for hands and fingers to prevent new corona infections.”
– Hidehiko Tamaki, emeritus professor of Hokkaido University (epidemiology, from Nakijin-mura) who was the director of the Energy Education and Welfare Foundation who led the experiment.

Electrolysed Water and Hypochlorous Acid

Dew products are created by a simple process of running electricity through salt water – this is known as “electrolysis”. The electrolysis process causes the creation of hypochlorous acid, a mildly acidic compound that is also created and used inside the human body to fight infection.

All Dew products can be refilled from our low-cost 2.5L or 5L refill cans.

Do these products contain toxic chemicals?

The chemicals in Dew disinfecting products are not toxic in these concentrations. Dew complies with the requirements of the European Biocide Regulation EU528/2012 Product Types 1-5, which means it is deemed not to be harmful to humans, animals or plants and it has been tested to BS EN 901 as being fit for human consumption in drinking water.

Safe and Effective

The Dew range of products has no alcohol and no parabens, they are non-toxic and safe for use around children, pets and food prep areas. They have been found to be 99.995% effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores in tests complying with EU regulations.


Dew Products are cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, reusable and refillable with a low carbon footprint, paraben free, not toxic and safe for use around your family, children, pets and food preparation areas.

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Tuesday Story Time with Liz Weir: “The King with Horse’s Ears”

This week’s story from award-winning storyteller Liz Weir is “The King with Horse’s Ears”. It’s a wonderful story about a king who was so embarassed that he had horse’s ears that he wore his crown all the time to keep them hidden.

Wait until you and the children hear what happened and how his secret got out!

We hope you’ve been enjoying our Tuesday Story Time. We are very excited that we still have 3 more stories to come: “The Cow Story”, “Why the Sky is Far Away” and “The Magic Umbrella”. So be sure to come back and listen next Tuesday!