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Issue 102 : May 2013

Welcome to the Under-Fives Newsletter: thank you very much for subscribing. We've a slightly different format to the newsletter this month: more events, more pictures and more detailed information about groups and classes for children.


  • What's New at the Web Site?
  • Events for Children in May and June
  • News

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

New Benefits to Baby Swimming Discovered

Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers, new research shows. We now have more baby swimming classes listed, in Ashbourne, Ripley, Matlock, Derby, Chesterfield, Castle Donnington, Allestree, Littleover, Wirksworth and Etwall.

What are Playgroups and Why Go?

At a playgroup, or "parent and toddlers" group you stay with your child throughout the session, which usually lasts a couple of hours. They are often run by volunteers, or by the Mums and carers themselves. Typically toys will be provided for children to play plus there will be activities like singing and craft, and outings to parks and attractions for children.

Playgroups allow your children to socialise with others, play with new toys and join in activities. They also give you the opportunity to socialise with other carers and so avoid the isolation that looking after children often involves.

You can now find more playgroups in Derbyshire and Staffordshire at

Rate a Venue or Activity

We've added an option not only to review a venue or activity, but to rate it out of 5 as well. Use the comments form at the bottom of each page to let us know what you think of the places you have been

Events for Children in May

Please send announcements of future children's events to jill@studholme.net

Drop-In at Buxton Museum

Artist and storyteller, Gordon the Toad invites you to come and share your best memories and wildest hopes for summer in the Peaks, turning our ideas into summer mobiles, tiny animal puppets and flowery lanterns. Wednesday 29 May 2013 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Crash Course Toddler Swimming Lessons

At Bakewell Swimming Pool, 27-31 May.

Toddler Time (with bouncy castle)

For age 6 months to 5 years at Wirksworth Leisure Centre. Friday 31 May 10-12 am.

Jack of the Green Puppets at Wedgwood Museum

Exactly who is Jack of the Green? Come and find out at the Wedgwood museum this half term and make your own Jack of the Green puppet. 27-31 May 11-12.30 and 13.30-16.00.

Football with Derby County

For age 4-7 at Wirksworth Leisure Centre 30 May.

Beatrix Potters Life

At Tatton Park, 1-5 pm until the end of August.

Family Activities in Squirt's Stables at Calke Abbey

Fun for children every weekend in May with lots to make and do in Squirt the Stallion's stable. Explore the stableyards and afterwards go to the childrens play area.

Wallace and Grommit at Churnet Valley Railway

Come and meet everyone's favourite characters Wallace and Gromit as they take a detour on their cheese trail and pay a visit to the Churnet Valley to say hello to all their fans. 26-27 May.

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Warning over free early years care

Children could miss out on their entitlement to free early years care as local authorities prioritise primary school places to meet a rise in demand, an education union has warned.

Bed-sharing raises cot death risk fivefold

Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome fivefold, research claims.

Iodine deficiency may lower UK children's IQ

Mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK. Scientists advise women of child-bearing age to eat dairy products and fish to maintain iodine levels.

New IVF technique could improve live birth success

An IVF technique that involves collecting thousands of snapshots of a developing embryo can help avoid miscarriages and improve live birth success, it is claimed.

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