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Issue 21 : March 2006

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 21 : March 2006

I really hope that you enjoy this newsletter. If you
have any comments regarding this issue, please let me 
know by e-mail at jill@studholme.net 

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  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Children's Book of the Month: 
    Hiccup the Viking Who Was Seasick
  - News and Events

What's New at the Web Site?

Sing and Sign Baby Signing Classes
  Sing and Sign baby signing classes are for hearing 
  babies from 6 months. Parents learn simple signs to 
  enhance communication with their babies.  Learning is 
  through songs and play in a relaxed atmosphere where 
  babies are free to crawl and toddle.

  Mondays 10:00 - 11:30. Age: Pre-Schoolers. An opportunity 
  to let the children play with others in a big, safe space.  
  You get to have a cuppa and a chat with other adults.

Ashbourne School of Dance
  Ballet classes for the over two and a halves. They are now 
  being held Thursdays and Saturdays at St. Monica's House, 
  Windmill Lane, Ashbourne.


  10% off a vast selection of posters and prints for 
  children. Just enter AX4521 in the "Add Gift Certificate 
  box" during checkout. Offer expires Sunday, April 30.

Holiday Club
  Special activities for children during the School 
  Holidays, with a new theme each holiday. Summer Clubs 
  have included "Landlubbers!" and "Desert Detectives" 
  and last Christmas was "Christmas Crackers!".

Book of the Month - Hiccup the Viking Who Was Seasick

by Cressida Cowell
ISBN: 0340969997
from Amazon.co.uk

Long ago, in a fierce and frosty land, there lived a 
little Viking. Hiccup wasn't big and tough like his fellow 
Vikings. In fact, he was a little timid and worried a 
lot--and what worried him the most was going to sea for 
the very first time.

His father, Stoick the Vast, wasn't sympathetic.  He 
just sang the Viking song, ending with...
   "O ancient prawn-y green-ness
    The never-ending SEA
    Mess with squirmy jellyfish

"Oo-er" thought Hiccup.  But Hiccup cheers up when he 
saves the day and steers the ship home.

This book is worth it for the Viking song alone.  Like 
all good children's books, it is one adults can also enjoy.  
I love the language used and the quirky humour.

For ages three and up.
20% off from Amazon at

About the Author
Cressida Cowell grew up in London. She has a B.A. in 
English Literature from Oxford, a B.A. in Graphic Design 
from St Martin's and an M.A. in Narrative Illustration 
from Brighton.  She enjoys writing for different age 
groups, from babies to her "How to" books for eight to 
twelve year olds.  She illustrates her own books, but 
also writes books for other people to illustrate.  She 
lives in Hammersmith with her husband, two daughters 
and two cats.

For more good children's books see 

News and Events

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NCT Nearly New Sale
  Sunday 2 April 10 am - 12 pm. At the leisure centre, 
  Ashbourne.  Sale of nearly new children's clothing, toys, 
  equipment and maternity wear.

Name Change for PostNatal Illness Charity
  The PostNatal Illness - Support and Help Association has 
  changed its name to the less wieldy PNI-UK. To reflect the 
  change its web site URL has also changed and is now 

Childcare Costs Increased by 27% in Five Years
  Childcare costs have outstripped inflation by 20% since
  2000.  However, childcare in the Midlands is one of 
  the cheapest in the country.

Probe's baby brain damage warning
  Scientists have devised a probe which can warn if a 
  baby is being deprived of oxygen during birth. 
  Researchers hope it could reduce Caesareans, as doctors 
  currently opt for the operation if there is any doubt.

Mothers' antidepressants linked to problems in newborns
  Prenatal exposure to certain antidepressants appears 
  to increase a newborn's risk of exhibiting drug 
  withdrawal symptoms and respiratory abnormalities, 
  according to two new studies. 


  Depressed and pregnant?  The support and 
  help you need is at the PNI-UK web site - 
  PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767.

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