Issue 37 : August 07
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 37 : August 2007 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Welcome to the August issue: I hope you are enjoying the holidays and finding plenty to do. Look for ideas at the web site and let me know if there are any activities or attractions you want to recommend. To read previous issues, subscribe or cancel your subscription see http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Buying School Uniform - Special Offers - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- Happy Hands Baby Signing Music Group Weekly sessions start in September, in Ashbourne (Derbyshire) during term time. Encourages your baby to use the signs and gestures which are part of learning to talk. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html#Sign Freshfields Donkey Village Open 10.30 am to 4 pm every day. Peak Forest, near Buxton. Tel: 01298 79775. Cafeteria open Friday-Sunday. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html Sudbury Hall Exhibition of Toys Exhibition of "must have toys" including Buzz Lightyear. Other events include Animal Safari and Treasure chests. Each activity 1 pound per child, to 28 October. (Ticket to visit Sudbury Hall also required). Sudbury, Derbyshire. Tel: 01283 585337. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html Nurseries in Derbyshire and Staffordshire Many more nurseries are now listed in the web site. http://www.under-fives.org/nursery.html Dizzy the Wizard Party games, face painting, puppet, stories, magic, plus presents for birthday child and sweets for everyone. Hulland Ward, Derbyshire, tel: 01335 372744. http://www.under-fives.org/services.html ___________________________________________________________ Buying School Uniform --------------------- Many of you will have children starting school for the first time in September, and will have to buy school uniform. My advice is to buy more than you think you need. Children manage to get paint, crayon, mud and allsorts on every item they are wearing. Many of the big retailers sell school uniform, including Tesco, Asda and Marks & Spencer. However, there are many concerns about school uniforms offered by the big players. Often school skirts and trousers are made from synthetic substances and coated in Teflon for stain resistance. Teflon is made from a chemical compound which never breaks down has been found to be a "likely carcinogen". Called PFOA, it is found in the blood of nearly everyone and also in animals from polar bears to eagles. In 2005 the makers of Teflon were fined 16.5 million dollars for failing to report that they had known since 1981 that PFOA builds up in the body and can be passed to foetuses in pregnant women. PFOA also makes animals more susceptible to allergies: research has yet to be done on humans. If you prefer a more ethical alternative then there are companies offering this, for example the E-mail: email@example.com, http://www.cleanslateclothing.co.uk/ Spirit of Nature Fair trade and organic cotton uniforms. http://www.spiritofnature.co.uk/ Calico Moon Supply a small range of organic cotton school uniforms. http://www.ekmpowershop2.com/ MAD A not-for-profit organisation selling socks and tights. These cost no more than on the high street but from the purchase price 10% is available for your school, 20% goes to BBC Children in Need and the remainder of profits go to other charities. http://www.madsocks.co.uk/ Other Suppliers... Marks and Spencer Are donating 5% of every on-line purchase to the Save the Children charity. Go to http://mands.at/jill?LID=Email John Lewis John Lewis have a wide selection of schoolwear. http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(1231)a(1129516)g(19581) ___________________________________________________________ Special Offers -------------- 50 Percent off in Boden's Summer Sale Save on men's, women's and children's summer clothes. http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?s=79043&v=1669&q=64797&r=80276 2 Weeks Travel Insurance for the whole family only 17.99 pounds If you're planning on taking the family away then make sure you check out Essential Travel's fantastic travel insurance rates. To ensure you get the best deal quote ref 100534. This gives you two weeks in Europe for the whole family for 17.99 pounds, a single trip from 6.99 per week or annual multi-trip cover from just 27.99 for the whole year. http://insurance.essentialtravel.co.uk/ CBeebies DVDs for just 4.99 Just 4.99 for Balamory, Big Cook Little Cook, Fimbles, Brum, Tikkabilla or Tweenies DVDs. http://www.anrdoezrs.net/email-1845710-8781337 Free Delivery at Waterstones Free delivery on all items from Waterstones. There is no minimum order - it's for everything. http://waterstones.at/jill?LID=News Sky Reduces Installation Costs For a limited period Sky are reducing their installation costs to just a one off payment of 30 pounds. That's a 40 pound reduction on their usual 70 pound installation charge. This means that there is no activation fee for Broadband, no installation cost, just a one off payment of 30 pounds. http://www.buy.at/henryprince For more special offers see http://www.under-fives.org/offers.html __________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- To announce your event, or children related news here, fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Announcements are free and reach our 756 subscribers. Plus the newsletters are available on the web site for our monthly 3500 visitors to read. Busy Bodies Holiday Club Fun, games, crafts, drama, sport, dance, music and activities for children aged 3 to 11. Theme for the summer is Jungle Book. Monday-Friday 8 am to 5.30 pm until 31 August. Waterhouses (CE) School, Waterfall Lane, Waterhouses, Staffs, ST10 3HY. Tel: 01538 308378. :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Think you may have postnatal illness or birth trauma? The support and help you need is at the PNI-UK web site - http://www.pni-uk.com/ PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767. __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Naps can't compete with a night's sleep Children who nap in the daytime can find it harder to sleep at night and may have lower mental performance, according to a recent study. http://www.newscientist.com/ Baby milk ads 'should be banned' A coalition of charities is demanding baby milk be treated like tobacco and subjected to a total advertising ban. They want the government to extend a ban on infant milk adverts to include "follow-on" milks for older babies. At present, companies are not allowed to advertise formula milk for babies under six months. Organic tomatoes are healthier for you A 10-year study comparing organic tomatoes with those grown conventionally suggests organic food is healthier for you. According to the new findings, antioxidants were found to be much higher in the organic tomatoes. Antioxidants have been linked to reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer and dementia. http://environment.newscientist.com/ If you would like to read this news as it happens, without waiting for this newsletter, then grab our newsfeed from http://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, 2007 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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