Issue 63 : December 2009
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 63 : December 2009 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Hello and welcome to the December newsletter. This is our last issue before Christmas so let me take the opportunity of wishing you a very happy one. Thanks very much for subscribing, however, should you wish to be removed from our mailing list please go to http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Special Offers and Discount Codes - Send Christmas cards designed by your children, and raise funds for your group - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Under-Fives Web Site? --------------------------------------- Activities More baby signing classes are now listed at http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html#Sign :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Promote your business for children here. Over 3000 people visit our web site each month looking for things to do with their under-fives. Visit http://www.under-fives.org/advert.html __________________________________________________:ADVERT: __________________________________________________________ Special Offers and Discount Codes --------------------------------- 10% Off Baby Products at Boots Boots have sent us a code giving 10% off selected pushchairs, car seats, nursery equipment, baby toiletries and maternity underwear. Log into Boots and when you checkout type BSCF28 into the promotional box. They are also offering half price on No7 Protect & Perfect skincare collection. http://bit.ly/boots_c 20% Off at Mini Barratts Use code AMAZINGM to get 20% off shoes and everything else at Mini Barratts. Free delivery on orders over £30 using code MOV3M. http://bit.ly/under5s 15% Off Flowers at M&S Use the code FLO15OFF to get 15% off flowers at M&S until 6 December. http://mands.at/jill Half Price Flowers and Chocolates Brighten up the festive season with a scented bouquet and a box of Continental (780g) half price at http://thorntons.at/jill. And this Thursday and Friday (3rd and 4th December) get free delivery when you spend 25 pounds using code XE9R http://thorntons.at/jill For more special offers see http://under-fives.org/offers.html __________________________________________________________ Send Christmas cards designed by your children, and raise funds ---------------------------------------------------------- Here is an idea for next year for you to raise funds for your playgroup, preschool, nursery or other group: sell professionally printed Christmas cards designed by your children. Each child draws or paints a picture on an A4 sheet of paper. For very young children this could simply be a handprint or finger painting. The pictures are sent to a company who will turn the drawings into packs of Christmas cards. You then buy the Christmas cards and the profits go to your organisation. A way to make money which also leaves the children feeling very pleased and proud that they have created their own packs of Christmas cards. And if you are feeling artistic, you can join in too and create your own cards. There are several companies who will turn your pictures into cards. We have used and can recommend the Kids' Card Factory. Kids' Card Factory - No minimum order - Costs £5.25 for first pack of 12, and £3.25 for subsequent packs. - Artwork in felt tip, crayons, paints or collage. - Very fast delivery, artwork deadline early November. http://www.kidscardfactory.co.uk/how/ School Card Shop - No minimum order. - Costs £5 per pack of ten. - Artwork in felt tip, pens or crayons. - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering. - Artwork deadline middle of October. http://www.schoolcardshop.co.uk/ Kids Cards 4 Christmas - Costs £5 per pack of nine. - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering. - Artwork in felt tip, crayons or paints. http://kidscards4christmas.com/teachers.html School Fundraising Company - Costs £5 per pack of twelve. - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering. - 3 weeks delivery. http://schoolfundraisingcompany.co.uk/ Christmas Cards for Schools - Minimum order of 50 packs. - Costs £3.75 per pack of ten. - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering. - Artwork in felt tip or coloured pencils only. - 6-8 weeks delivery. http://www.christmascardsforschools.co.uk/ For more fundraising ideas see http://www.under-fives.org/article.html __________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- Please fill in this form to send announcements of future children's events Christmas Fair 2-4 pm 5th December at Henry Prince School, Mayfield, near Ashbourne. Join the festive fun and see Father Christmas. Cake stall, craft stalls, toys, books and competitions. Plus, new this year, handmade, beautifully decorated, Christmas Cakes from just £4. Free entry. http://www.henryprince.staffs.sch.uk/ Advent Fair At Michael House Steiner School,Heanor, Debyshire. Candle dipping, wreath making, crafts, home produce, a nearly new toy sale and loads of other activities. Boogie Babies Christmas Party, Derby Saturday 12 December 2-5 pm. Fancy dress, Santa, dancing, competitions and giveaways. 4 pounds per person. Contact 0798 8198499 for more details Dirt can be good for children Children should be allowed to get dirty, according to scientists who have found being too clean can impair the skin's ability to heal. Normal bacteria living on the skin trigger a pathway that helps prevent inflammation when we get hurt. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8373690.stm Government plans school at 4 years The government is to give all parents the option to send their child to school in the September after they are four. http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/ Treating toddlers for autism boosts IQ later Toddlers with symptoms of autism can show dramatic improvement if they are given early, intensive therapy. http://www.newscientist.com/ For more news and events announcements 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 browser or any news feed reader. ___________________________________________________________ Copyright jillstudholme.com , 2009 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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