Issue 21 : March 2006
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 21 : March 2006 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* I really hope that you enjoy this newsletter. If you have any comments regarding this issue, please let me know by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Hiccup the Viking Who Was Seasick - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- Sing and Sign Baby Signing Classes Sing and Sign baby signing classes are for hearing babies from 6 months. Parents learn simple signs to enhance communication with their babies. Learning is through songs and play in a relaxed atmosphere where babies are free to crawl and toddle. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html Tiptoes Mondays 10:00 - 11:30. Age: Pre-Schoolers. An opportunity to let the children play with others in a big, safe space. You get to have a cuppa and a chat with other adults. http://www.under-fives.org/playgroup.html Ashbourne School of Dance Ballet classes for the over two and a halves. They are now being held Thursdays and Saturdays at St. Monica's House, Windmill Lane, Ashbourne. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html :ADVERT:___________________________________________________ 10% OFF CHILDREN'S POSTERS 10% off a vast selection of posters and prints for children. Just enter AX4521 in the "Add Gift Certificate box" during checkout. Offer expires Sunday, April 30. http://www.under-fives.org/poster.html __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Holiday Club Special activities for children during the School Holidays, with a new theme each holiday. Summer Clubs have included "Landlubbers!" and "Desert Detectives" and last Christmas was "Christmas Crackers!". http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html __________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - Hiccup the Viking Who Was Seasick ------------------------------------------------------- by Cressida Cowell ISBN: 0340969997 from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0340969997/chi--21 Long ago, in a fierce and frosty land, there lived a little Viking. Hiccup wasn't big and tough like his fellow Vikings. In fact, he was a little timid and worried a lot--and what worried him the most was going to sea for the very first time. His father, Stoick the Vast, wasn't sympathetic. He just sang the Viking song, ending with... "O ancient prawn-y green-ness The never-ending SEA Mess with squirmy jellyfish But DO NOT MESS WITH ME!" "Oo-er" thought Hiccup. But Hiccup cheers up when he saves the day and steers the ship home. This book is worth it for the Viking song alone. Like all good children's books, it is one adults can also enjoy. I love the language used and the quirky humour. For ages three and up. 20% off from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0340969997/chi--21 About the Author Cressida Cowell grew up in London. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Oxford, a B.A. in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an M.A. in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. She enjoys writing for different age groups, from babies to her "How to" books for eight to twelve year olds. She illustrates her own books, but also writes books for other people to illustrate. She lives in Hammersmith with her husband, two daughters and two cats. 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. NCT Nearly New Sale Sunday 2 April 10 am - 12 pm. At the leisure centre, Ashbourne. Sale of nearly new children's clothing, toys, equipment and maternity wear. Name Change for PostNatal Illness Charity The PostNatal Illness - Support and Help Association has changed its name to the less wieldy PNI-UK. To reflect the change its web site URL has also changed and is now http://www.pni-uk.com/ http://www.under-fives.org/postnatal/ 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/ Probe's baby brain damage warning Scientists have devised a probe which can warn if a baby is being deprived of oxygen during birth. Researchers hope it could reduce Caesareans, as doctors currently opt for the operation if there is any doubt. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4712548.stm Mothers' antidepressants linked to problems in newborns Prenatal exposure to certain antidepressants appears to increase a newborn's risk of exhibiting drug withdrawal symptoms and respiratory abnormalities, according to two new studies. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8693 :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Depressed and pregnant? The support and help you need is at the PNI-UK web site - http://www.pni-uk.com/ PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767. __________________________________________________:ADVERT: 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 jillstudholme.com , 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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