The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 146: April 2017
Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter. I hope you all had a good Easter and are enjoying the bank holiday.
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Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, according to researchers. Find a class near you at
These allow your children to socialise with others, play with new toys and join in activities. They also give you the opportunity to meet other carers and so avoid the isolation that looking after children often involves. Read more at
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The Tiger who came to Tea
Lichfield Garrick Theatre. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don 't expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger.
Village fete, with children's maypole dancing, cake stall, live music, food, entertainments and country games. Monday 29 May, Ilam.
Mum2mum Market run award winning baby and children's nearly new sales all over the country.
They are in Ilkeston Church Arena on Saturday 20 May from 11 to 1 pm and Spondon on 3rd June from 10-12 pm,
Ranger Tots - Puddles and ponds
Thursday 25th May. Pre-school children and their accompanying adults can get involved in nature crafts, wildlife themed activities and outdoor adventures. Activities aimed at aged 3-5 year old, please bring weather appropriate clothing and shoes. Meeting at Barbrook Cottage
Tree Fairies at Ilam Park
Make your very own tree fairy using clay and natural materials you find in the woods. No need to book. Free activity, donations welcome. Ideal for children aged 3 - 15 years. Dogs on leads welcome. Sunday 4 June 2017
Babies can't see pink
Babies can see five colours: red, green, blue, purple and yellowish-brown. Orange and pink though, aren't recognised until later when they start to talk.
Dogs might help protect babies from allergies and obesity
A family dog may be a baby's best friend for avoiding allergies and becoming obese later in life, a new study suggests.
'Touchscreen-toddlers' sleep less
Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets sleep less than those who do not, say researchers.
Babies recognise their mother's touch - even before they are born
Scientists are able to watch how unborn children react to people touching their mother's abdomen. They found the strongest reaction was when the mother placed her hands over her stomach
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