Under Fives

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

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The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 111 : April 2014

Welcome to the Under-Fives Newsletter: thank you very much for subscribing and a Happy Easter to you.

Some of you will have learnt today whether your child has got into the infant or primary school of your choice. If they haven't don't worry - it's the parents that make the difference to the school.

We love hearing from you - please send us your recommendations for activities with young children. Either e-mail jill@studholme.net or fill in the form at the web site.

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

Preschool and nursery


A pre-school offers a range of learning, play and social activities for children aged between around two and five for about 3 hours a day in term time. Pre-schools are registered and inspected annually by OFSTED to make sure they are appropriately staffed and resourced. Half the staff must hold a formal childcare and early education qualification. Find a preschool on our new longer list at

Special Offers

Body Shop

£25 or £10 Off at the Body Shop

£25 off £50 shop with our promotional code 14673 until 22 April. Or, save £10 when you spend £25 on the Easter weekend with code 14673.
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Five Pounds off toys at Tesco

Enter code TDX-VP3X at Tesco for five pounds off toys. Ends 23 April.
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Boots 3 for 2 on No 7

Spring calls for skincare top ups, so why not make good use of Boots' 3 for 2 on selected No 7 products?

Events for Children

If you would like us to list your event, please email jill@studholme.net.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Ilam Park

Until Mon 21 Apr 2014, 11-4 pm, 3 pounds per child, no booking needed. Complete a fun family trail around Ilam Park an collect a chocolate egg.

Spring Baby Boom

Until 27 Apr 2014, 11-4 pm, See the baby animals at Shugborough Estate and help out with bottle feeding.

Easter Egg Hunt at Biddulph Grange

Until Mon 21 Apr 2014, 11-5.30 pm, Run around the garden, hunting high and low, under rocks and in trees for the hidden eggs.

Easter Family Fun at Tamworth Castle

Sat 19 - Mon 21 Apr 2014, Ruby the Tamworth Castle dragon has mislaid her eggs. Can you help Ruby find them? .

Easter Fun at the National Forest Adventure Farm

Until 27 April, Easter Fun at the National Forest Adventure Farm. Easter Eggspress tractor ride, find the Easter Bunny, Easter Craft, Animal demonstrations. National Forest Adventure Farm, Tatenhill, Burton Upon Trent.

Bump to Five Show

Saturday 10th May 2014 10am-3pm The Gateway Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Ground. 80 stalls from photographers, classes, gifts, nursery goods, clothing, maternity, health, education, entertainment, parties, etc. Free entertainment, activities, taster classes and freebies.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Does a baby's name affect its chances in life?

No - it's the parents that matter. The effect of a name on its bearer rarely amounts to more than the effect of being raised by parents who would choose such a name.

Win Amazon vouchers by completing survey

Do you work with 3 to 5 year olds? The National Literacy Trust wants you to fill in a survey helping with children's early reading and if technology plays a role in this.

Probiotics 'no good' at treating infant colic

Probiotics don't ease' baby colic. Study suggests that probiotics - commonly touted as "friendly bacteria2 - could actually make symptoms worse.

Technology offers a route into reading for disadvantaged three to five-year-olds

The Literacy Trust has found that poorer children benefit more from using books and touch-screens for sharing stories, than books alone.

Men want to support breastfeeding partners

Fathers want to be more involved in supporting breastfeeding but need more information, claims a study by Swansea University. It shows that fathers often feel left out and helpless after their baby's birth when it comes to breastfeeding.

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