Issue 20 : February 06
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 20 : February 2006 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Hello - thanks for subscribing - I hope you find the newsletter useful. To read previous issues or cancel your subscription go to http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Children's Book of the Month: Do Like a Duck Does - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- Underwater Swimming Babies: Little Dippers Teach your baby to swim underwater - new dates and locations in February. http://www.under-fives.org/littledippers/ :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Think you may have postnatal illness? The support and help you need is at the PNi-SHA web site - http://www.pni-uk.com/ PNi-SHA: Registered Charity 1105767. __________________________________________________:ADVERT: ____________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - Do Like a Duck Does ------------------------------------------------------- by Judy Hindley ISBN: 0744594804 £4.79 from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0744594804/chi-21 The expressions on the faces of the fox and the duck in this book almost tell the story for you. When a young fox takes an interest in a brood of ducklings, their mamma asks "Do you think you're a duck"? Quick on the uptake the fox answers "Yes I am!...It's really, really true! I can waddle, I can scuttle. I can strut a little, too. I'm a duck! I'm a duck! I'm a duck like you!" The fox works hard at being a duck but is finally defeated by the ducking and diving lesson, to be dispatched with his tail between his legs. The story lilts along rhythmically and inspired my 3-year old to strut around the kitchen - whether she was being the fox or the duck I'm not sure. For ages from three to five. Available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0744594804/chi-21 About the Author Judy Hindley is an American who married an Englishman. She has written more than fifty books, many in verse and about different sorts of subject matter, from spies to string. For more good children's books see http://www.under-fives.org/books.html ____________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- 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. New child jab for lethal disease The UK childhood vaccination programme is being extended to include protection against a disease which causes blood poisoning, meningitis and pneumonia. The pneumococcal disease vaccine will be given from April in a baby's first year. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4678544.stm Childcare Costs Increased by 27% in Five Years Childcare costs have outstripped inflation by 20% since 2000. However, childcare in the Midlands is one of the cheapest in the country. http://www.daycaretrust.org.uk/ Tough Times Spur Miscarriages of Boys During times of widespread stress, a mother's body may be more likely to spontaneously terminate weak especially male foetuses, a recent study suggests. The phenomenon has been observed in many animal populations-including humans. Their data support the idea that stressed mothers' bodies may develop a mechanism to reject especially weak male offspring whom they might have otherwise carried to term. The authors caution, however, that the research has little to do with individual births. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/ Premature babies can defy odds Premature infants can defy the odds and achieve the same education and employment levels as those of normal birthweight, a study suggests. Although the children might struggle when they were young, by the time they reached adulthood no differences were apparent. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4688618.stm Announce your Event To announce your event, or children related news here, fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html ___________________________________________________________ Copyright studholme.net, 2005 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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