Issue 42 : January 2008
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 42 : January 2008 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of 2008. This month we've an article on how to get rid of all your unwanted stuff, without throwing it away. See also the details of the new toddler group named in memory of Wendy Greatrex. I hope you find the newsletter useful, but should you wish to unsubscribe you may do so at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Freecycle: Get rid of the After-Christmas Clutter - Special Offers - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- The Wendy Club The Wendy Club is for children aged under four, together with their parents and carers. It meets every Tuesday during term time, from 2-3 pm in the Fun Club room of Henry Prince School, Mayfield, near Ashbourne. It starts with games and activities and ends with stories and the opportunity to borrow books from the school library. The Wendy Club is named after Wendy Greatrex, who died in 2006. She had two children aged four and two: Oliver and Lucy. They now now attend Henry Prince School where the club is held. Wendy spent much of her time helping to look after children: she ran the Mayfield Parent and Toddler Group, assisted at the Norbury preschool and helped out at Henry Prince. http://www.under-fives.org/playgroup.html :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Why not promote your services in a local web site dedicated to the under-fives? Every week we talk to 3000 parents and carers. You can now advertise for as little as £3 per month. To take advantage of this offer fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/advert.html#Advert __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Little Angels A warm, friendly baby and toddler group for all parents, carers and grandparents. Fun activities each week, parties and a wide range of toys. Littleover, Derby. http://www.under-fives.org/playgroup.html Splatter Studio An arts and craft group which encourages babies and toddlers to explore their creative minds. Splatter Studio provides parents/carers and children with the opportunity to meet like minded people and to create a 'master piece' to take home at the end. Best of all, they clean up the mess. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html ___________________________________________________________ Freecycle: Get rid of the After-Christmas Clutter ------------------------------------------------- The Freecycle Network is a free version of an auction website like eBay. Find your house is too full after Christmas? Give stuff away. Just upload details of your unwanted items and local people who want them will get in touch for further details before collecting them. Need a children's car seat or a high chair? Put out a "wanted" sign on the website and the chances are that someone in your area has one going spare. You first need to go to the Freecycle website and find your local group. For example, look in the East Midlands and West Midlands areas: http://www.freecycle.org/group/UK/East%20Midlands http://www.freecycle.org/group/UK/West%20Midlands You then need to join the group nearest to where you live. You'll be sent instructions on how to post messages. Use the subject "Offer" when you have something to give away and "Wanted" when you need something. Freecycle uses Yahoo Groups to manage the message sending. The aim of the Freecycle network is to reduce waste and save resources. This week, one group's offers included books, computer keyboards, toasters, folding beds, a wheelbarrow, a television, a Monopoly game, girls clothes aged 3-5 and a dolls house. Whatever you have that you don't want, or want that you don't have, the Freecycle Network can help. See http://www.freecycle.org/ for more details. ___________________________________________________________ Special Offers and Discount Codes --------------------------------- Here are the on-line retailers which this week have made discount codes and special offers available to Under-Fives readers. Free Personalised Stationery Use your own photos and words to create postcards, invitations, sticky notes, business cards, letterheads or notepads. All in full colour and all free from VistaPrint! The quality is fantastic - give them a try at http://tinyurl.com/yswkek Up to 80% Off at the BBC Including children's DVDs like In the Night Garden. http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-1845710-8785343 70% Off Shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt Get up to 70% off ladiesí, menís and childrenís shirts at Charles Tyrwhitt. http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(14652)a(1129516) 20% Off Children's Posters and Prints AllPosters are currently offering 20% off many posters and prints. Simply enter the promotion code SATURN when you checkout. http://tinyurl.com/349xod Free Delivery at Marks and Spencer Marks and Spencer have sent us code FREEDELV which entitles you to free delivery when shopping online. Just click the link below and enter FREEDELV when you checkout. http://mands.at/jill?LID=EML Monster Sale at Play.com! Play.com are offering a massive 80% off DVD's, Music, Games, Books and Electronics. DVDs for just £2.99, CDs for £1.99, Wii games for £14.99... http://playcomshop.at/henryprince?LID=Child For more special offers see http://under-fives.org/offers.html __________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- Coffee can double risk of miscarriage Pregnant women who have two or more cups of caffeinated drinks a day have twice the risk of having a miscarriage than those who avoid caffeine, suggests a new study. http://www.newscientist.com/ National Curriculum for Under-5s Damaging A new national curriculum for all under-5s will cause untold damage to the development of young children, a lobby of academics says. The highly prescriptive regime for pre-school children, which is due to become law next year, has been introduced by stealth, they say. It will induce needless anxiety and dent children's enthusiasm for learning. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ Free Books for Nurseries Ed Balls has announced that under a new scheme for 2008, Book Ahead, public libraries will be given up to half a million free books to make up book boxes for local nurseries, as part of a 5 million pound drive to get more under 5s - especially boys - into reading early. http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/ Under-sevens 'too young to learn to read' Children should not start formal learning until they are seven, according to a world expert in nursery education who suggests that teaching reading and writing earlier can put them off for life. http://education.guardian.co.uk/ If you would like to read this news as it happens, without waiting for this newsletter, then grab our newsfeed from http://www.under-fives.org/newsfeed.html It's free and instantly updates you with the latest news and events via e-mail, your web site or any news feed reader. ___________________________________________________________ Copyright studholme.net, 2008 You are welcome to copy or forward any part of this newsletter, but please include this copyright notice and web address - http://www.under-fives.org/ Previous editions of this newsletter are archived at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html
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