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Issue 54 : February 2009

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 54 : February 2009

Welcome to February's newsletter. I hope you find it
useful.  Should you wish to cancel your subscription you 
may do so at https://www.under-fives.org/news.html

  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Government Money for Pregnant Women
  - Shopping Vouchers
  - News and Events

What's New at the Web Site?

Brailsford Playgroup
  Friendly informal playgroup for pre-school children and 
  their parents. Large selection of toys avaliable.  
  2 - 3 pm at Brailsford Institute.  1.50 per child (2.50 
  for twins), includes a drink for adults and a biscuit for 
  the child. 

Ellastone parent and toddler group
  Every Wednesday including term time from 9.30 until
  11.45. Toy loan available.

Government Money for Pregnant Women

From April 2009, if you're a mum-to-be you may be able to 
get a one-off, tax-free payment of 190.  It is not means-
tested and is available to all over 25-weeks pregnant. The 
payment is called 'Health in Pregnancy Grant' and is to help 
you stay well and healthy and to meet extra costs during the 
later stages of your pregnancy.

You can get the Grant if all of the following apply:
* you are 25 weeks pregnant or more
* your expected date of delivery is on or after 6 April 2009
* you have been given health advice from a midwife or doctor 
  to help you and your unborn baby stay healthy 
  during pregnancy

The payment will be on top of any other benefits or tax 
credits you may get. Everyone will get the same amount - 
you will not be asked about your income.

You can get a Health in Pregnancy Grant claim form from
your midwife or doctor. Apply now if you are over 
25-weeks pregant.  If you have not yet reached 25 weeks 
you can sign up to be reminded to apply for the grant 
when you are. Go to

Special Offers and Discount Codes

These companies have this week have made these discount 
codes and special offers available to Under-Fives 
readers.  For more offers see 

Save on Gas and Electricity
  Companies are bringing down their gas and electricity 
  prices. But some are just cutting gas costs and some just 
  electric. Use this comparison site to find the cheapest, 
  or the greenest, option for you.

Argos Voucher
  Argos are offering some great deals for half term, 
  including 25% off Sylvanian families and Power Rangers, 
  and half price video games. Offers end 23 February. Plus 
  get 20% off all DVDs (Enter code DVD20 in the basket).

Body Shop: Free Gift and Free Delivery
  Free shower gel or body butter when you spend 20 pounds 
  online at the Body Shop. 

Marks and Spencer
  Receive 15% off when you buy clothing, homeware, flowers 
  or wine online. Simply enter this code at the checkout: 
  WEBS2505. Code valid only once. Offer ends midnight 
  15th February. 

Boden, BBC, Amazon...
  For more special offers and discount codes see

News and Events

Nearly New Sale Burton
   28th February, 10.30 am - 12.00 pm, Priory Centre, Stretton, 
   Burton on Trent. Nearly new sale of children's nursery 
   equipment, bedding, children's toys, books and videos.

Boogie-Babies Valentine Ball 
   For children aged 7 and under. Saturday 14 Feb, 2-5pm
   at FLARES Nightclub, 127 Beckett St, Derby.

Babes In The Wood
   Pantomime running from 17/02/2009 - 21/02/2009 
   Burton upon Trent.

Gestures 'develop infant speech' 
   Toddlers who use gestures more often have better 
   vocabularies on reaching school age, 
   researchers say. Parents could help children learn 
   to speak by encouraging the use of gestures

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, 2009
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