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Issue 9 : March 05

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 9 : March 2005

Welcome to the March edition: I hope you find it useful.  
Plenty of news and events in this issue.  If you would 
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  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Children's Book of the Month: Duck in the Truck
  - News and Events

What's New at the Web Site?

The Play Mill
  Climbing frame, sandpit, toddler area, food and 
  newspapers. Open 10 am until 6 pm daily. Via Gellia, 
  near Cromford.


 Get your own page on the web for just £75.  That's a 
 one-off payment: nothing more to pay ever.  We get over 
 1000 visitors a month looking for information on things 
 to do with the under-fives.  For more information see 

Bradley Toddler Group
  A group for parents and children which meets on Fridays 
  during term-time from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in Bradley 
  C of E Primary School.

Stramshall Baby and Toddler Group
  Change of opening hours for Stramshall Baby and Toddler 
  Group: Monday 9.30am to 11.30am and Friday 9.30 to 

New Little Dippers Dates
  Next underwater swimming course for babies is 
  16-17 April.  Book by March 18th to be sure of a 

  Save Money on Travel Insurance...Book your travel 
  insurance on-line with Essential Travel and save up to 
  50% compared to the cost of booking with a high 
  street travel agent.  Extremely competitive rates 
  for families - for more details visit

Book of the Month - Duck in the Truck   

by Jez Alborough
Picture Lions, 2000
ISBN: 0006647170 
Recommended price: 5.99
Amazon price: 4.79

A book that makes my 2-year old laugh.  She thinks 
anything getting stuck in mud is funny and in this book 
a truck, a duck, a goat, a frog and a sheep all do so.

The expressions on the animal's faces as they consider 
what to do, strain at pushing the truck and get covered 
in mud are fantastic.  The book has rhyming text and 
big pictures, and is very pleasant to read.

Amazon on-line booksellers are offering 20% off this book at

For more recommended books see 

News and Events

PostNatal Illness Web Site Launched
  A new web site, dedicated to helping anyone with postnatal 
  or antenatal illness, has been set up by the PostNatal 
  illness-Support & Help Association.  They are there to 
  advise on postnatal depression, anxiety, baby blues, 
  birth trauma and any other distressing emotional 

NCT Nearly New Sale
  Children's clothes, toys, maternity wear, equipment.
  9 April, 10.00 am until 12:00 pm.  The Empire Ballroom, 
  Ashbourne, Derbyshire (next to Sainsbury's carpark). 
  More details contact Kate on 01889 591765

Little Dippers Swimming Classes for Babies
  16-17 April, near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.  
  Book by March 18th to be sure of a place.

Holiday Discounts to keep Kids in School During Term Time
  Parents in Staffordshire are to be offered holiday 
  discounts as a reward for not taking children out of 
  school during term time.     

Sounds Help Children with Reading
  Teaching children literacy by using the sounds letters 
  make speeds up their progress, a report says. Children 
  taught by phonics were two years ahead in reading.

Autism rises despite MMR ban in Japan
  Parents need have no more fears about the triple 
  vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, according 
  to a study of more than 30000 children.  In the UK, 
  parents panicked and vaccination rates plummeted after 
  gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield claimed in a 1998 
  study that MMR might trigger autism, although the study 
  was based on just 12 children and later retracted by 
  most of its co-authors.

Lancet Launches Campaign for Neonatal Survival
  Eight million children a year are either stillborn or 
  die within the first month of life. This figure never 
  makes news. The medical journal, The Lancet, believes 
  that this is the most important public health campaign 
  for a generation, and has made a special issue 
  available for free.

TV violence 'form of child abuse'
  The failure of parents to monitor their children's 
  choice of television programmes can be seen as a form 
  of abuse, researchers say. The team says studies have 
  "proved" violence on television an computer games 
  increases the likelihood of aggressive behaviour 
  in children, especially in boys.

Copyright jillstudholme.com
, 2005
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