Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 165: February 2019

Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter - I hope you find some ideas here for things to do with your children. If you've any recommendations of places you've been to or groups you are part of, please get in touch.

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

Magic at a children's party

Find a Party Entertainer

Looking for a children's party entertainer? Find one at

Baby looking at book


We have more childminders and babysitters listed this month at

Events for the Under-Fives

E-mail your event to jill@under-fives.org and I'll be pleased to publish it here.

Nursery Rhyme Trail

Help Ozzy Owl find 12 items that appear in popular nursery rhymes. 1- 31 March. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley.

Gandeys Circus

The greatest show for all the family. Theatre Big Top, Old Sainsburys Site, Ryecroft, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Ten Little Bookworms Trail

Ten Little Bookworms have found cozy spots in the Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood - can you find them? Sat 9 Mar 2019 and Sun 10 Mar 2019. Plus dress as your favourite storybook character and join them for storytelling.

Chase and Marshall at the Adventure Farm

Paw Patrol are on a roll... to the Adventure Farm! Chase and Marshall will be making regular appearances throughout the day. You can also enjoy meeting and feeding the animals and playing in the huge indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. Advanced online booking advised. National Forest Adventure Farm, Tatenhill, Burton on Trent.

Fairy-tale Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a delicious homemade Afternoon Tea in the company of fairy-tale princesses including Snow White and Cinderella. Come along in your favourite glamorous dress to impress the enchanted guests of honour. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley.

Mother's Day: Mums Go Free at Monkey Forest

31st March, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent


Penkridge Children's Market

A family day out with lots of entertainment on offer for the children from bottle feeding lambs to fun fair rides and a wide range of stalls selling everything from personalised keepsakes to nearly new toys, clothes and equipment. Wednesdays and Saturdays in March.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Round up of some of the more interesting news about mothers-to-be, childcare, babies, toddlers and young children.

Mother's friendships may be good for babies' brains

When new mothers have friends ready to step in and help them, they have toddlers who score better on cognitive tests than the babies of women with smaller social support networks, a study suggests.

Long-term exclusive breastfeeding may have a downside

A new study found that infants with suspected food allergies or intolerances were exclusively breastfed significantly longer than other babies. The health benefits of breastfeeding are important, but the latest research says it's also important to introduce potential food allergens.

Certain parenting behaviors may tune baby brains to angry tones

Parents who are very controlling when interacting with their infants may increase the likelihood that their babies tune in to angry voices, a new study shows.

New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation, study says

Data from thousands of men and women shows rest is at its worst, unsurprisingly, three months after birth

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