Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 144: February 2017

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Events for the Under-Fives

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The Magic Peach

Meet Old Green Grasshopper, Miss Spider and Lady Bird as they take you on a global bug safari in their magic peach. Hear stories, listen to songs and discover facts about insects from around the world. Saturday 4 March.

Ashbourne Animal Welfare March Madness Open Day

Open Day at the Rescue Centre, visit our cattery and kennels and meet some of the cats and dogs looking for new homes. Homemade lunches and teas. Free Admission. 12 March, 11 am to 4 pm.

A Fairy-tale Afternoon Tea at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Enjoy a delicious homemade Afternoon Tea in the company of Beauty, Mrs Teapot and her other friends from the castle. Sunday March 19th.

Children's Market

The Penkridge market will be entirely dedicated to children, with stall holders selling everything from nearly new children's clothes and equipment, to toys and handmade crafts. There will also be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained, including a petting farm, rides and children's crafts. Sunday 2 April.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

How infants and mothers bond through songs

Research suggests that engagement through song is just as effective as book reading or toy play in maintaining infant attention, and far more effective than listening to recorded music

Is homemade baby food healthier for infants?

Babies who get homemade food may learn to like a wider variety of food types and be leaner than infants who eat store-bought products.


For the first time, researchers detect autism signs in babies

A new study suggests it's possible to predict within the first year of life if a child will develop autism.

Study: Infants Recognize Surprise in Others Before Age 2

Infants as young as 20 months of age expect adults to display surprise when discovering a false belief, according to a new study.

Toddler's knowledge of grammar 'explodes' when they hit 24 months

Children's ability to understand basic grammar early in language development has puzzled researchers for a long time, who were unsure if the skill is innate or learned over time. But research involving child speech patterns has revealed that grammatical knowledge is learned gradually with a significant increase at the age of 24 months.

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