Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 145: March 2017

Welcome to the Spring Under-Fives newsletter. I hope you find it useful. Any comments, suggestions or reviews email jill@under-fives.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Need a Pre-School?

A pre-school offers a range of learning, play and social activities for children aged between two and five for about 3 hours a day in term time. We've pre-schools in 34 locations in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, from Allestree to Wirksworth, listed at

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Find a Childminder

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Events for the Under-Fives

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

Easter Fun at Trentham Monkey Forest

Children's Fun Day, Sat 1 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

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.

Castle Egg Hunt at Tamworth Castle

Easter Event, Sat 8 - Fri 21 Apr 2017

Easter Egg-stravaganza at National Forest Adventure Farm

Easter Fun Day, Sat 8 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

Bluebells Ice Cream Trail

Bluebells Ice Cream Trail 25th March-10th April

National Trust Egg Hunts

National Trust Egg Hunts 25th-27th March

Sam's Easter Detective Trail at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Trail and activities available daily throughout the school holidays. 1 trail pack, free entry to museum. Sat 8 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

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Sing to your bump: lullabies to babies in the womb decrease crying when they are born

Research suggests that the best way of ensuring a happy and contented newborn is by singing to it while it is still in the womb.

Airlines "ripping off" passengers travelling with infants

Some airlines charge infants up to four times adult fare. Others are considerably more parent-friendly.

Are baby boys more sensitive than girls?

Infant boys have less self-regulating stress hormones than their female counterparts. They naturally experience more frustration at 6 months and display more intense reactions to negative stressors at 12 months.

How to put your baby to bed to lower the risk of cot death

Putting a baby on their back for every sleep reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome six-fold, says charity.

Baby in cot
Photo credit: Carin Araujo

Unusually Hot or Cold Weather Could Affect Babies' Weight

Researchers have found that women who experienced unusually hot or cold weather during pregnancy were at increased risk for having babies with a low birth weight, even when the baby was not born prematurely.

Staying connected helps beat postnatal illness

Women who maintain connections with their social groups after having a baby are at lower risk of developing postnatal illness, according to University of Queensland research

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