Issue 55 : March 2009
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 54 : March 2009 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Welcome to March's newsletter. This month: how to get free childcare whilst you retrain. I hope you find the newsletter useful: please send any comments, suggestions or criticisms. Should you wish to cancel your subscription you may do so at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Free Childcare - Shopping Vouchers - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Under-Fives Web Site? --------------------------------------- Boogie Babies Funky Fun with little ones. 2nd Saturday of every month at Flares, Derby 2-5pm. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html Musical Playtime No need to book, just turn up and enjoy. Break half way through for juice, teas and coffees and a chat. Cost £2.50 per child, Sibling and Group discounts available on request. An informal, relaxed and friendly group for children from birth to four years. Chesterfield. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html Tammys-Tots Childminder located in Alvaston http://www.under-fives.org/childminder.html ___________________________________________________________ Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work Scheme -------------------------------------------------------- You will soon be able to get free childcare whilst you learn new skills. The "Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work" programme will support families where one parent is working and the second parent wants to improve their education so that they can return to work. As well as free childcare, families can receive help from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to identify and attend training. Workless families who cannot get support from elsewhere will also be eligible. The scheme will be available in April in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. It will provide financial support for the cost of childcare up to £175 per child. For further information go to http://www.direct.gov.uk/freechildcareforlearning ___________________________________________________________ Special Offers and Discount Codes --------------------------------- These companies have this week have made these discount codes and special offers available to Under-Fives readers. For more offers see http://www.under-fives.org/offers.html 70% Off and Free Delivery with our Code at Avon Buy selected make-up products and receive a free gift. Get 4 for £5 on selected bath and body or save up to 70% in Avon's spring sale. What's more, if you spend £20 you can get free delivery when you enter our voucher code - ATD. http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(3430)a(1129516) 90% Off Cosmetics Hndreds of products available at discounted prices with many of them over 90% off. Includes makes such as Calvin Klein and Clinique. Plus, spend over £25 and get a free cosmetics collection worth £25 - just enter the code BUYFR25. http://buycosmeticsshop.at/henryprince 50% off at Figleaves The underwear specialists are offering 20% off their most popular items. Plus there is 50% off in their mid-season sale. http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(170)a(1129516) Free Delivery at HMV Free delivery on everything at HMV http://hmventertainmentshop.at/henryprince Boden, BBC, Body Shop, Amazon, Marks and Spencer... For more special offers and discount codes see http://www.under-fives.org/offers.html __________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- Please send announcements of future children's events to firstname.lastname@example.org Baby bottle chemical is removed The makers of babies' bottles in the US are to remove a controversial chemical - BPA - from their products, amid growing concern over its possible effects. But they will continue selling bottles containing BPA in the UK, a decision which has angered people here. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7943200.stm Numbers of childcare providers plummet as recession hits The number of nurseries, childminders and out-of-school clubs has dropped dramatically since last summer, official figures reveal, with early years organisations blaming the recession for driving providers out of business. http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/login/892222/ Baby IQ DVDs give 'no benefits', study finds Watching DVDs aimed at boosting children's IQ has no proven benefits, suggests a new study. The study author, Professor Dimitri Christakis, says "too much TV viewing has a real potential for harm". http://www.cypnow.co.uk/Archive/login/874892/ 'Vitamin' for baby brain disorder Researchers say taking a special vitamin supplement during pregnancy could prevent hydrocephalus - one of the most common birth brain defects. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7950590.stm New guidance on IVF defects risk Couples seeking IVF are to be warned children born as a result of the fertility treatment may face a higher risk of birth defects. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7956421.stm Older men may have less intelligent kids While men, unlike women, can continue having children into old age, there could be a price to pay in terms of their child's intelligence. However, differences were small. Children of older mothers score more highly than those of younger mothers. http://www.newscientist.com/ 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.htmlhttp://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, 2009 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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