Issue 18 : December 05
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 18 : December 2005 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* A very happy Christmas to you and my best wishes for the New Year. Thank you so much for subscribing to the newsletter - I hope you continue to find it useful. To read previous issues, subscribe or cancel your subscription go to http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Children's Book of the Month: Be Gentle! - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- Cyril's Nut Hut Indoor adventure and soft play centre, Long Eaton. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html :ADVERT:___________________________________________________ 20% OFF CHILDREN'S POSTERS 20% off a vast selection of posters and prints for children. Just enter MZH4 in the "Add Gift Certificate box" during checkout. But hurry, offer ends soon. http://members.hostedscripts.com/tracker.cgi/SCUBA/6 __________________________________________________:ADVERT: Crazy Crocodiles Toddler Time Pre-school craft activities, soft play, bikes, scooters, and pushalongs. Mon - Fri 9.30 -2.30pm. Runs term time only. http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html More Money Off Internet Shopping If, like me, you are totally unprepared for Christmas then hit the Internet and see what discounts companies are offering for your Christmas shopping. http://www.under-fives.org/offers.html ____________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - Be Gentle! ------------------------------ by Virginia Miller ISBN: 0744581311 £4.99 from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0744581311/chi-21 Toddler Bartholomew the bear doesn't understand how to treat his kitten. Repeated instructions to "Be Gentle" fall on deaf ears until the kitten runs and hides. Luckily, the place the kitten chooses is also Bartholomew's favourite hiding place. When, upset at his kitten's loss, he crawls in there he gets another chance to look after her. The book shows children about animal behaviour: what they like and what they don't. They are soon commentating on Ba's behaviour good and bad. For ages 0-3. 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. NCT Children's Christmas Party 10th Dec at 3 - 5pm in St Oswalds Church Hall. Under 6 months - free, 6 - 18 months £2.50, Under 5's £4.50. Entertainer and activity with tea and Santa. For further details and a ticket contact Kate Stanton 01335 345217. Now Updated: Postnatal Depression Leaflet New version of the leaflet describing the symptoms of postnatal depression, postnatal illness and birth trauma. It also gives advice on where to get help. Print out your copy at http://www.pni-uk.com/PNiSHA_Leaflet.pdf :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: Government Endorses Synthetic Phonics to Teach Reading The government has accepted a review which backs the greater use of a method called synthetic phonics. Children are taught the sounds of letters and combinations of letters before they move onto books rather than reading simple books from the start. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4485062.stm Early-hours nursery safety fears Nurseries in England often do not have enough staff at the start of the day to ensure children's safety and well-being, inspectors have found. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4500524.stm If expectant mums put on the pounds, so do the kids According to two new studies, overeating by expectant mothers is an important but overlooked factor in the inexorable expansion of the USA's waistlines. Obstetricians agree that it is important for women to gain some weight - beyond that of the developing fetus - if they are to have a healthy pregnancy. But excessive amounts could lead to overweight children. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18825284.300 Call for tight childminder rules The mother of a baby boy who died while in the care of a drunk child minder is pressing for tighter guidelines. She is calling for childminders to have the same training as nursery nurses and more stringent reference requirements and a ban on people with drink problems from looking after children. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/4505052.stm Announce your Event To announce your event, or children related news here, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html ___________________________________________________________ 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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