Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 135: May 2016

Welcome the Under-Fives newsletter - I hope you find it useful. It's nearly half term, when many places lay on special events for children. More info below in the events section.

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Parent and Toddler Groups in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Parent and toddler groups are a great way for your young child to practise getting along with others and try new ways to play. Find one near you at

Nature Tots

Nature Tots

Your children can explore the natural world with Nature Tots sessions at Carsington Water and Matlock Bath.

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Bank Holiday Animal Racing

The Shugborough farm animals line up for a day of racing mayhem. Sheep, ducks and goats take their places on the start line

Family Fun Raceday

Have an entertaining afternoon with the kids whilst mastering your circus skills at Uttoxeter racecourse.

May Half Term at Museum of Cannock Chase

Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June - make and take activities. Drop-ins are between 11am-3pm.

Live Shows at Conkers

Including Pirate Pat and Dippy the Clown. Saturday 28 May until Sunday 5 June.

Queen's Birthday Fun Day

Ashbourne celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday with a Fun Day Ashbourne Recreation ground. 29 May from 11 am.

Dovedale Fete at Ilam

Traditional village fete held in the picturesque village of Ilam. Attractions include a dog show as well as maypole dancing, hog roast, teas, cakes, ice creams, stalls and games and face painting. Monday 30 May 12-4.

Barney Buffers Family Fun at Churnet Valley Railway

Take a ride behind the Churnet Valley's Friendly Engine 'Barney Buffers' on the Toyland Express, with balloonists on-board to create your favourite shapes & animals. Wed 1 Jun 2016, Sat 4 - Sun 5 Jun 2016.

Open Farm Sunday

Visit a farm near you. Farms across the region are opening for you to meet the animals. Sunday 5 June.

Animal Trail at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Now until 30 June, admission one pound. Help Ozzy Owl find 12 animals from the Beatrix Potter's much loved stories.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Eating Fruit whilst Pregnant Boosts Babies' Development

Mothers who consumed more fruit during pregnancy gave birth to children who performed better on developmental testing at one year of age.

Fruit being chopped by pregnant woman

Parents Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Training Babies to Sleep

Study finds leave-to-cry method to get babies to sleep doesn't harm babies emotional attachment to their parents.

Dad's Role in Baby's Health Larger Than Thought?

New research shows that a man's age and lifestyle may have a significant effect on his children's health - well before they are born.

Mum's weight may have lasting impact on baby

Mothers who gain excess weight or have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy could 'imprint' obesity on their children, even if they are born with a normal body weight.

Newborn babies don't mimic us, we mimic them

Newborns do not imitate specific gestures from adults, such as poking out tongues or making sounds, and are just as likely to react to random movements, research has found.

The dangers of shaking babies

Dozens of babies are shaken or otherwise injured by their parents in the UK every year, children's charity the NSPCC says. But why does it happen and how can it be prevented?

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