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Issue 55 : March 2009

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 54 : March 2009

Welcome to March's newsletter. This month: how to get free 
childcare whilst you retrain.  I hope you find the 
newsletter useful: please send any comments, suggestions 
or criticisms.

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  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Free Childcare
  - Shopping Vouchers
  - News and Events

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

Boogie Babies
  Funky Fun with little ones. 2nd Saturday of every month at 
  Flares, Derby 2-5pm.

Musical Playtime
  No need to book, just turn up and enjoy. Break half way 
  through for juice, teas and coffees and a chat. Cost 
  2.50 per child, Sibling and Group discounts available on 
  request. An informal, relaxed and friendly group for 
  children from birth to four years. Chesterfield.

  Childminder located in Alvaston

Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work Scheme

You will soon be able to get free childcare whilst you learn 
new skills. The "Free Childcare for Training and Learning 
for Work" programme will support families where one parent 
is working and the second parent wants to improve their 
education so that they can return to work. 

As well as free childcare, families can receive help from 
the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to identify and 
attend training. Workless families who cannot get support 
from elsewhere will also be eligible.

The scheme will be available in April in Staffordshire and 
Derbyshire.  It will provide financial support for the cost 
of childcare up to 175 per child. For further information 
go to

Special Offers and Discount Codes

These companies have this week have made these discount 
codes and special offers available to Under-Fives 
readers.  For more offers see 

70% Off and Free Delivery with our Code at Avon
   Buy selected make-up products and receive a free gift. 
   Get 4 for 5 on selected bath and body or save up to 70% 
   in Avon's spring sale. What's more, if you spend 20 you 
   can get free delivery when you enter our voucher code - ATD.

90% Off Cosmetics
   Hndreds of products available at discounted prices 
   with many of them over 90% off. Includes makes such as 
   Calvin Klein and Clinique.  Plus, spend over 25 and 
   get a free cosmetics collection worth 25 - just enter 
   the code  BUYFR25.

50% off at Figleaves
  The underwear specialists are offering 20% off their 
  most popular items. Plus there is 50% off in their
  mid-season sale.

Free Delivery at HMV
  Free delivery on everything at HMV

Boden, BBC, Body Shop, Amazon, Marks and Spencer...
  For more special offers and discount codes see

News and Events

Please send announcements of future children's events to 

Baby bottle chemical is removed 
   The makers of babies' bottles in the US are to remove 
   a controversial chemical - BPA -  from their products, 
   amid growing concern over its possible effects. But they 
   will continue selling bottles containing BPA in the UK, 
   a decision which has angered people here. 

Numbers of childcare providers plummet as recession hits
   The number of nurseries, childminders and out-of-school 
   clubs has dropped dramatically since last summer, official 
   figures reveal, with early years organisations blaming 
   the recession for driving providers out of business.

Baby IQ DVDs give 'no benefits', study finds
   Watching DVDs aimed at boosting children's IQ has no 
   proven benefits, suggests a new study. The study author, 
   Professor Dimitri Christakis, says "too much TV viewing 
   has a real potential for harm". 

'Vitamin' for baby brain disorder 
   Researchers say taking a special vitamin supplement during 
   pregnancy could prevent hydrocephalus - one of the most 
   common birth brain defects.

New guidance on IVF defects risk 
   Couples seeking IVF are to be warned children born as 
   a result of the fertility treatment may face a 
   higher risk of birth defects.

Older men may have less intelligent kids 
   While men, unlike women, can continue having children 
   into old age, there could be a price to pay in terms 
   of their child's intelligence. However, differences 
   were small.  Children of older mothers score more 
   highly than those of younger mothers.

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, 2009
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