Issue 23 : May 06
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 23 : May 2006 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Welcome to the May newsletter. Edward Bear sessions, at St Oswald's Church, have been on the web site since we started. Up until now they have been run by Jo White, but she is leaving this month. So thank you Jo for all your hardwork with the children and good luck for the future. To read previous issues of this newsletter see http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Book of the Month - The Mousehole Cat - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- Softplay: St Oswalds, Ashbourne Marie getting the St Oswalds softplay sessions running again on Thursday afternoons, and is looking for a team of parents to help out on a rota basis. If you can help please text 07738007803 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html :ADVERT:___________________________________________________ FREE TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN 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. Free cover for children available. For more details visit http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/insurance1.html __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Rudyard Lake Steam Railway Three mile return scenic steam train trip along the side of Rudyard Lake. Many special event days for kids such as Easter egg specials, Lollipop specials, Halloween and Santa Specials. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html Zoom: Carsington Water Open everyday from 10 am to 6 pm. On the expensive side (children 1-4 yrs £3.95, 5-12 yrs £4.35). Multi-level soft indoor play area with ball shower, waterfall slides, giant balls, tube slide etc. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html __________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - The Mousehole Cat ------------------------------------------------------- by Antonia Barber. Illustrated by Nicola Bayley ISBN: 1844289109 40% Off at Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0744523532/chi-21 At the far end of England is the fishing village of Mousehole, so named because of the smallness of its harbour and the narrowness of its harbour mouth. Once, a cat called Mowzer lived there with an old fisherman called Tom. Every day they ate mouth-watering meals of fresh fish--morgy-broth, baked hake, kedgeree or star-gazy pie. But then, one terrible winter, the Great Storm-Cat came clawing and snarling and leaping at the harbour walls so that no boat could go out to fish. And soon, with Christmas coming, there was no food left in Mousehole. It was then that Tom and Mowzer set out in their little boat to try and save their village. This is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books we own. Nicola Bayley is well known for her paintings of cats, and her storm cat is exquisite. That, together with the poetic way that Antonia Barber retells the old Cornish story makes this book a pleasure to own. For ages three and up. Available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0744523532/chi-21 About the Author Antonia Barber has written many books for children, several of which have won awards. She lives in Kent and Mousehole, Cornwall. 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. Rhythm and Rhyme Dance Workshops Professional dancer Sarah Duff will be leading workshops for children aged 5 and under, with their carers. Sessions use stories, rhymes, songs, movement and music. Locations in Derbyshire in June. Free but you need to book. email@example.com Baby Hands and Feet Clay Workshop Create a permanent record out of clay from your child's hands and feet. Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 8 June, 1.30-3 pm. Free but you need to book. firstname.lastname@example.org :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Reach 3000 visitors a month through our web site. For just £50 get your own page on the site. That's a one-off payment: nothing more to pay ever. Or advertise on the site for just £2 a month. For more information see http://www.under-fives.org/advert.html __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Television Time increases Toy Requests New research shows that for each additional hour per day that a child watches television, an average of one additional request is made for an advertised product. The effect of the commercials on children lasts up to 20 weeks. http://www.newscientist.com/ Close and far apart pregnancies linked to premature births Spacing pregnancies too close together - or too far apart - can increase the risk of premature birth, researchers report. Infants born to women who conceived within six months of their previous birth have a 40% increased risk of preterm birth. Pregnancies spaced longer than 5 years have a significantly higher risk of problems than those spaced 18 to 23 months apart. The scientists suspect that women who have just had a baby have diminished nutritional stores, especially if they breastfeed. http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/dn9015.html :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Think you may have postnatal depression or illness? The support and help you need is at the PNI-UK web site - http://www.pni-uk.com/ PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767. __________________________________________________:ADVERT: UK extends gene screening of embryos The genetic screening of embryos for a wider range of diseases, including breast, ovarian and colon cancers, has been approved by the UK's fertility authority. http://tinyurl.com/gnzan Men's friendliness to children shows in their faces Women may be able to tell whether a man is child-friendly simply by looking at his face - and this could influence how attractive they find him as a potential long-term partner. http://tinyurl.com/p9l7s Announce your Event To announce your event, or children related news here, fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html (Circulation: 308 subscribers) ___________________________________________________________ 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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