Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 156: April 2018

Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter. I hope you find it useful. Any comments or suggestions for places to visit, please get in touch.

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The Henry Prince School Open Day

Open day

Henry Prince is a village school near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Drop in on Wednesday 9 May from 9 am to 12 noon. A parent will show you around and answer any questions over a cup of tea.

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Cooking with toddlers

Cooking Clubs

It's a fun way to introduce new ingredients, and encourages little ones to explore unknown tastes, smells or textures. Find a toddler cookery club near you at

Day out

Where to go with your Children

Loads of suggestions for places to go with your little ones at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Fun Dog Show

The Allsorts Dog Show starts at 12.30, 13 May, at The Arc, Ashbourne. Including waggiest tail, most appealing eyes and best puppy.

Hapy dog

Staffordshire Day - crafts for kids

2 May, Cheadle library, 3.30 to 4.30. Admission just 50p.

Storytelling at Tamworth Castle

Come along dressed in their favourite costumes and listen to stories of Knights, dragons, princesses and other Castle related themes. 5-7 May 11.30 to 16.00.

The Vikings

Discover what Viking life was like with this hands-on exhibition for children. Until 12 May, Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery.

Hedgehog Day

Meet, pet and hold a hedgehog. 13 May 11.00 to 15.00.

The Selfish Giant

Children's performance on 27 May, Chesterfield.

Glewy the Alien and Friends Shows

Matlock Farm park on 28 May from 10-16.30. Play party games, sing songs, tell jokes and stories. Win prizes, and have fun with the naughty little monster and his friends.

Knights and Princesses

Bolsover Castle, 29 May to 1 June from 11 to 5 pm. Polish your armour and dust off your tiara, it's time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Round up of some of the more interesting news about mothers-to-be, childcare, babies, toddlers and young children.

Dust, food and baby wipes linked to infant allergies

New study shows a complicated combination of factors could be to blame for allergies, including our genetic coding, along with exposure to dust, and even baby wipes.

Mothers and fathers interact differently with babies

New mothers are often willing to engage their newborn in all manner of sounds, gurgles and baby talk. Meanwhile, dads can be a little reluctant to engage in baby talk, according to a new study.

Fish oil during pregnancy may reduce infant allergies

Taking a fish oil capsule from week 20 of pregnancy and during the first three to four months of breastfeeding is associated with a 31% reduction in the risk of egg allergy.

Study suggests taking painkillers during pregnancy can harm baby

Pregnant women could be putting the fertility of future generations at risk by taking every day painkillers such as paracetamol.

Babysitters put infants at risk of cot death by placing them in unsafe sleeping positions

Newborns who die from sudden infant death syndrome while under the supervision of a childcare worker are more likely to be placed lying on their fronts, a study found.

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