Issue 6 : December 04
********************************** The Newsletter for the Under-Fives Issue 6 : December 04 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************** 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 -------- - Money-Off Vouchers - What's New at the Web Site? - Children's Book of the Month: The Gruffalo - Events for Children - Other News ___________________________________________________________ Money-Off Vouchers ------------------ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/ ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- 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 ___________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - The Gruffalo -------------------------------- 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 ____________________________________________________________ Events for Children ------------------- 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 ____________________________________________________________ Other News ---------- 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 ___________________________________________________________ Copyright studholme.net, 2004 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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