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Issue 42 : January 2008

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 42 : January 2008

Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of 2008. 
This month we've an article on how to get rid of all 
your unwanted stuff, without throwing it away. See 
also the details of the new toddler group named in 
memory of Wendy Greatrex.

I hope you find the newsletter useful, but should you 
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  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Freecycle: Get rid of the After-Christmas Clutter
  - Special Offers
  - News and Events

What's New at the Web Site?

The Wendy Club
  The Wendy Club is for children aged under four, together 
  with their parents and carers. It meets every Tuesday 
  during term time, from 2-3 pm in the Fun Club room of 
  Henry Prince School, Mayfield, near Ashbourne.  It starts 
  with games and activities and ends with stories and the 
  opportunity to borrow books from the school library. 

  The Wendy Club is named after Wendy Greatrex, who died in 
  2006. She had two children aged four and two: Oliver and 
  Lucy. They now now attend Henry Prince School where the 
  club is held. Wendy spent much of her time helping to look 
  after children: she ran the Mayfield Parent and Toddler 
  Group, assisted at the Norbury preschool and helped out 
  at Henry Prince.


  Why not promote your services in a local web site 
  dedicated to the under-fives?  Every week we talk to 
  3000 parents and carers.  You can now advertise for as 
  little as £3 per month.  To take advantage of this 
  offer fill in the form at 

Little Angels
   A warm, friendly baby and toddler group for all parents, 
   carers and grandparents. Fun activities each week, 
   parties and a wide range of toys. Littleover, Derby.

Splatter Studio
   An arts and craft group which encourages babies and 
   toddlers to explore their creative minds.  Splatter 
   Studio provides parents/carers and children with the 
   opportunity to meet like minded people and to create a 
   'master piece' to take home at the end. Best of all, 
   they clean up the mess.

Freecycle: Get rid of the After-Christmas Clutter 

The Freecycle Network is a free version of an auction 
website like eBay. Find your house is too full after 
Christmas? Give stuff away. Just upload details of your 
unwanted items and local people who want them will get in 
touch for further details before collecting them.

Need a children's car seat or a high chair? Put out a 
"wanted" sign on the website and the chances are that 
someone in your area has one going spare.

You first need to go to the Freecycle website and find 
your local group. For example, look in the East Midlands 
and West Midlands areas:

You then need to join the group nearest to where you live. 
You'll be sent instructions on how to post messages. Use 
the subject "Offer" when you have something to give away 
and "Wanted" when you need something. Freecycle uses 
Yahoo Groups to manage the message sending.

The aim of the Freecycle network is to reduce waste and 
save resources. This week, one group's offers included  
books, computer keyboards, toasters, folding beds, 
a wheelbarrow, a television, a Monopoly game, girls 
clothes aged 3-5 and a dolls house. Whatever you have 
that you don't want, or want that you don't have, 
the Freecycle Network can help.

See http://www.freecycle.org/ for more details.

Special Offers and Discount Codes

Here are the on-line retailers which this week have made 
discount codes and special offers available to 
Under-Fives readers.

Free Personalised Stationery
   Use your own photos and words to create postcards, 
   invitations, sticky notes, business cards, letterheads
   or notepads. All in full colour and all free from 
   VistaPrint! The quality is fantastic - give them a 
   try at 

Up to 80% Off at the BBC
   Including children's DVDs like In the Night Garden.

70% Off Shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt
   Get up to 70% off ladiesí, menís and childrenís shirts 
   at Charles Tyrwhitt. 

20% Off Children's Posters and Prints
   AllPosters are currently offering 20% off many posters 
   and prints. Simply enter the promotion code SATURN 
   when you checkout. 

Free Delivery at Marks and Spencer
   Marks and Spencer have sent us code FREEDELV which 
   entitles you to free delivery when shopping online.  
   Just click the link below and enter FREEDELV when 
   you checkout.

Monster Sale at Play.com!
   Play.com  are offering a massive 80% off DVD's, Music,
   Games, Books and Electronics. DVDs for just £2.99, 
   CDs for £1.99, Wii games for £14.99...

For more special offers see

News and Events

Coffee can double risk of miscarriage
  Pregnant women who have two or more cups of caffeinated 
  drinks a day have twice the risk of having a 
  miscarriage than those who avoid caffeine, suggests 
  a new study.

National Curriculum for Under-5s Damaging
  A new national curriculum for all under-5s will cause 
  untold damage to the development of young children, a 
  lobby of academics says.  The highly prescriptive regime 
  for pre-school children, which is due to become law next 
  year, has been introduced by stealth, they say.  It 
  will induce needless anxiety and dent children's 
  enthusiasm for learning. 
Free Books for Nurseries
  Ed Balls has announced that under a new scheme for 
  2008, Book Ahead, public libraries will be given up 
  to half a million free books to make up book boxes for 
  local nurseries, as part of a 5 million pound drive to 
  get more under 5s - especially boys - into reading early.  

Under-sevens 'too young to learn to read'
  Children should not start formal learning until they 
  are seven, according to a world expert in nursery 
  education who suggests that teaching reading and writing 
  earlier can put them off for life.

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, 2008
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