Under Fives

Things to do with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

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Issue 109 : February 2014

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What's New at the Under-Fives Web Site?

More Activities for the Under-Fives

We've contacted every person who runs a class or activity for the under-fives that is listed on our Activities page, to check that their details are correct. Many have added new classes. Some have stopped running classes. You can now be sure that all the information given is completely up-to-date.

Toy Library

Toy Libraries

Like book libraries but with toys, games, puzzles and puppets to borrow. Community toy libraries were first formed in England in the late 1960s. Today, there are an estimated 1,000 toy libraries serving around a quarter of a million children and their families. We've added more to our pages, including those in Wirksworth, Crich, South Wingfield, Belper, Staveley, Poolsbrook, Duckmanton and Mastin Moor.

Underwater swimming

Underwater Baby Swimming

Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. We now have underwater baby swimming classes listed in Allestree, Alvaston, Burton-on-Trent, Castle Donnington, Derby, Etwall, Littleover, Ripley and Snelston.

Events for Children

If you would like us to list your event, please email jill@studholme.net.

Toy Fair

Sunday 2 March 2014 - Toy Fair in Leek's Trestle Market and Buttermarket with Craft Fair. 9am to 4 pm

Pancake Day at Chucklebutties

Tuesday 4 March 2014, at the Riverside Suite Belper Mills. 11am Have a go at tossing a pancake, and join the race. 2pm - fill a pancake with your favorite things, eat it! More info at http://www.chucklebutties.co.uk/
Also at Chucklebutties, World Book Day 6th March

Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale, Chesterfield

Saturday 8th March 2014, at 12:30 pm, Club Chesterfield, Chesterfield Street. S40 1DL. To book a stall or for more information ring 07846 617005

Toddler Thursday

Thursday 20 March - at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke. Learn, play and explore in sessions especially for under 5s .

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Ilam Park

Fri 18 - Mon 21 Apr 2014, 11-4 pm, 3 pounds per child, no booking needed. Complete a fun family trail around Ilam Park an collect a chocolate egg.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Talking to babies boosts their brain power

Reading bedtime stories to babies and talking to them from birth boosts their brain power and sets them up for success at school, researchers say.

Call for better tongue-tie care for babies

Parenting charity, NCT, is calling for the expansion of help for parents of babies born with tongue tie, which may cause difficulties with breastfeeding.

Fears pregnant women are ignoring folic acid advice

Women are ignoring expert advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy to protect their unborn children,. The results of a recent UK study have prompted calls for flour to be fortified with folic acid.

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