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Issue 6 : December 04

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The Newsletter for the Under-Fives
Issue 6 : December 04
http://www.under-fives.org/
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Welcome to December's newsletter.  This month I've sourced 
more money-off vouchers for on-line shopping.  See 
below for discounts at John Lewis, Amazon and elsewhere. 
I've also included recent news relating to childcare, 
which I hope you find interesting - let me know.

To read previous editions of the newsletter, and view 
the latest news, go to


Contents
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  - Money-Off Vouchers
  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Children's Book of the Month: The Gruffalo
  - Events for Children
  - Other News
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Money-Off Vouchers
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John Lewis
  £5 off your first order of toys, clothes, etc. Valid for 
  orders over £50.  
  http://www.johnlewis.com/

Amazon.co.uk
  £3 off for new customers. Amazon are currently offering 
  up to 55% off books.  They also sell toys, CDs, DVDs, 
  cameras, iPods, kitchenware, etc - often at much reduced 
  prices.  E-mail jill@studholme.net for your voucher.

Prints and Posters Shop
  Save £3.10 on orders of £12.40 or more.  There is a 
  vast selection of children's and other posters and 
  prints.
  http://www.under-fives.org/poster.html

Boden
  First time customers get 10% off their first order 
  (excluding sale items and gift vouchers), with free 
  postage and returns.  For children's and adults clothes.
  http://www.boden.co.uk/

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What's New at the Web Site?
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The Best Children's Books Available
  New recommendations in the under-fives book list.
  http://www.under-fives.org/books.html

Marston Montgomery Under-Fives
  Marston Montgomery Village Hall, Friday mornings.
  http://www.under-fives.org/playgroup.html

Let me know of any places or activities not yet on the 
web site by filling in the form at
http://www.under-fives.org/form.html
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Book of the Month - The Gruffalo
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by Julia Donaldson
Macmillan Children's Books, 1999
ISBN: 0333710924 
32 pages
Recommended price: £5.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0333963962/chi-21

A mouse took a stroll in the deep, dark wood... To scare 
off his enemies he invents tales of a fantastical 
creature called the Gruffalo. So, imagine his surprise 
when he meets the REAL Gruffalo! Winner of the 
Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, even the tiniest 
children will fall in love with the knobbly-kneed, 
black-tongued, purple-prickled Gruffalo. 

Regular readers of this newsletter may have spotted that 
I'm a big fan of Julia Donaldson's books with the 
illustrations by Axel Scheffler. And this is one of their 
best. A lovely rhyming story for ages 2 to 5.

Amazon on-line booksellers offer 30% off this book.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0333710924/chi-21
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Events for Children
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Pet Service
  St Oswalds Church, Ashbourne. Sunday 12th December, 2.00pm.

Crib Service
  St Oswalds Church, Ashbourne. Friday 24th December, 4.30 pm. 
  Half an hour quiet time in church for children and their 
  families.

Want to announce an event here? 
  Fill in the form at 
  http://www.under-fives.org/news.html
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Other News
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Chocolate in pregnancy keeps the baby happy
  Expectant mothers take heart. Tucking into chocolate is 
  good for the baby, according to a study of over 300 women. 
  The babies born to women who had been eating chocolate 
  daily during pregnancy were more active and "positively 
  reactive" - a measure that encompasses traits such as 
  smiling and laughter
  http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994854

Pre-School is Good for Children
  New research has concluded that children who have good 
  nursery or other pre-school education, after the age 
  of 3, do better at primary school than those kept at 
  home.  However, children attending nursery full time 
  from being babies were more prome to anti-social 
  behaviour.
  http://www.ioe.ac.uk/cdl/eppe/pdfs/eppe_brief2503.pdf

Parents to get Help Paying Nannies
  For the first time, thousands of parents will be able 
  to get financial support to help pay for nannies from 
  April 2005, Children’s Minister Margaret Hodge 
  announced this week at the annual Sure Start Conference.
  http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2004_0213

Stress can make pregnant women miscarry
  Stress really can cause miscarriages, a series of 
  studies suggests. The good news is that extra doses 
  of progesterone might safeguard the pregnancies of 
  women at risk. While the cause of most miscarriages 
  is never established, doctors usually attribute them 
  either to abnormalities in the fetus or to illness or 
  health problems in the mother. Most obstetricians 
  dismiss the idea that healthy women can lose healthy 
  babies solely because of stress. But a series of 
  studies by a team in Germany suggests otherwise. 
  http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996644
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