Issue 9 : March 05
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 9 : March 2005 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Welcome to the March edition: I hope you find it useful. Plenty of news and events in this issue. If you would like to publicise your event (for free) please fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html To read previous editions of the newsletter, subscribe or view the latest news, go to http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Children's Book of the Month: Duck in the Truck - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- The Play Mill Climbing frame, sandpit, toddler area, food and newspapers. Open 10 am until 6 pm daily. Via Gellia, near Cromford. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Get your own page on the web for just £75. That's a one-off payment: nothing more to pay ever. We get over 1000 visitors a month looking for information on things to do with the under-fives. For more information see http://www.under-fives.org/form.html __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Bradley Toddler Group A group for parents and children which meets on Fridays during term-time from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in Bradley C of E Primary School. http://www.under-fives.org/playgroup.html Stramshall Baby and Toddler Group Change of opening hours for Stramshall Baby and Toddler Group: Monday 9.30am to 11.30am and Friday 9.30 to 11.30am. http://www.under-fives.org/playgroup.html New Little Dippers Dates Next underwater swimming course for babies is 16-17 April. Book by March 18th to be sure of a place. http://www.under-fives.org/littledippers/ ___________________________________________________________ :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Save Money on Travel Insurance...Book your travel insurance on-line with Essential Travel and save up to 50% compared to the cost of booking with a high street travel agent. Extremely competitive rates for families - for more details visit http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/insurance1.html __________________________________________________:ADVERT: ___________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - Duck in the Truck ---------------------------------------------------- by Jez Alborough Picture Lions, 2000 ISBN: 0006647170 Recommended price: £5.99 Amazon price: £4.79 http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0006647170/chi--21 A book that makes my 2-year old laugh. She thinks anything getting stuck in mud is funny and in this book a truck, a duck, a goat, a frog and a sheep all do so. The expressions on the animal's faces as they consider what to do, strain at pushing the truck and get covered in mud are fantastic. The book has rhyming text and big pictures, and is very pleasant to read. Amazon on-line booksellers are offering 20% off this book at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0006647170/chi--21 For more recommended books see http://www.under-fives.org/books.html ____________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- PostNatal Illness Web Site Launched A new web site, dedicated to helping anyone with postnatal or antenatal illness, has been set up by the PostNatal illness-Support & Help Association. They are there to advise on postnatal depression, anxiety, baby blues, birth trauma and any other distressing emotional condition. http://www.pni-uk.com/ NCT Nearly New Sale Children's clothes, toys, maternity wear, equipment. 9 April, 10.00 am until 12:00 pm. The Empire Ballroom, Ashbourne, Derbyshire (next to Sainsbury's carpark). More details contact Kate on 01889 591765 Little Dippers Swimming Classes for Babies 16-17 April, near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Book by March 18th to be sure of a place. http://www.under-fives.org/littledippers/ Holiday Discounts to keep Kids in School During Term Time Parents in Staffordshire are to be offered holiday discounts as a reward for not taking children out of school during term time. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/ Sounds Help Children with Reading Teaching children literacy by using the sounds letters make speeds up their progress, a report says. Children taught by phonics were two years ahead in reading. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4255069.stm Autism rises despite MMR ban in Japan Parents need have no more fears about the triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, according to a study of more than 30000 children. In the UK, parents panicked and vaccination rates plummeted after gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield claimed in a 1998 study that MMR might trigger autism, although the study was based on just 12 children and later retracted by most of its co-authors. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7076 Lancet Launches Campaign for Neonatal Survival Eight million children a year are either stillborn or die within the first month of life. This figure never makes news. The medical journal, The Lancet, believes that this is the most important public health campaign for a generation, and has made a special issue available for free. http://www.activemag.co.uk/lancet.htm TV violence 'form of child abuse' The failure of parents to monitor their children's choice of television programmes can be seen as a form of abuse, researchers say. The team says studies have "proved" violence on television an computer games increases the likelihood of aggressive behaviour in children, especially in boys. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/ ___________________________________________________________ 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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