The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 102 : May 2013
Welcome to the Under-Fives Newsletter: thank you very much for subscribing. We've a slightly different format to the newsletter this month: more events, more pictures and more detailed information about groups and classes for children.
- What's New at the Web Site?
- Events for Children in May and June
What's New at the Under-Fives Web Site?
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, when
babies who have been taught to swim still outperform
their peers, new research shows. We now have more baby
swimming classes listed, in Ashbourne, Ripley, Matlock,
Derby, Chesterfield, Castle Donnington, Allestree,
Littleover, Wirksworth and Etwall.
At a playgroup, or "parent and toddlers" group you stay with your child throughout the session, which usually lasts a couple of hours. They are often run by volunteers, or by the Mums and carers themselves. Typically toys will be provided for children to play plus there will be activities like singing and craft, and outings to parks and attractions for children.
Playgroups allow your children to socialise with others, play with new toys and join in activities. They also give you the opportunity to socialise with other carers and so avoid the isolation that looking after children often involves.
You can now find more playgroups in Derbyshire and
We've added an option not only to review a venue or
activity, but to rate it out of 5 as well. Use the
comments form at the bottom of each page to let us
know what you think of the places you have been
Events for Children in May
Please send announcements of future children's events to firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop-In at Buxton Museum
Artist and storyteller, Gordon the Toad invites you to
come and share your best memories and wildest hopes for
summer in the Peaks, turning our ideas into summer
mobiles, tiny animal puppets and flowery lanterns.
Wednesday 29 May 2013 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Crash Course Toddler Swimming Lessons
At Bakewell Swimming Pool, 27-31 May.
Toddler Time (with bouncy castle)
For age 6 months to 5 years at Wirksworth Leisure
Centre. Friday 31 May 10-12 am.
Jack of the Green Puppets at Wedgwood Museum
Exactly who is Jack of the Green? Come and find
out at the Wedgwood museum this half term and
make your own Jack of the Green puppet. 27-31 May
11-12.30 and 13.30-16.00.
Football with Derby County
For age 4-7 at Wirksworth Leisure Centre
Beatrix Potters Life
At Tatton Park, 1-5 pm until the end of August.
Family Activities in Squirt's Stables at Calke Abbey
Fun for children every weekend in May with lots to
make and do in Squirt the Stallion's stable. Explore
the stableyards and afterwards go to the childrens
Wallace and Grommit at Churnet Valley Railway
Come and meet everyone's favourite characters Wallace
and Gromit as they take a detour on their cheese trail
and pay a visit to the Churnet Valley to say hello to
all their fans. 26-27 May.
Warning over free early years care
Children could miss out on their entitlement to free
early years care as local authorities prioritise primary
school places to meet a rise in demand, an education
union has warned.
Bed-sharing raises cot death risk fivefold
Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden
infant death syndrome fivefold, research claims.
Iodine deficiency may lower UK children's IQ
Mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be
dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK.
Scientists advise women of child-bearing age to eat
dairy products and fish to maintain iodine levels.
New IVF technique could improve live birth success
An IVF technique that involves collecting thousands
of snapshots of a developing embryo can help avoid
miscarriages and improve live birth success, it
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