Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 147: May 2017

Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter. I hope you find it useful with plenty of ideas for where to go and what to do. If you've any suggestions please get in touch.

Bring your little one to the Three Bears Cookery class

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Under-Fives Services

Find companies who will turn your children's artwork into gifts; places you can hire for soft play or swimming for your playgroup; interior designers specialising in babies' and children's rooms and even a lovely lady who will come and fit your flatpack furniture together so you can spend time with your children instead of doing diy.

Going to the farm

Go somewhere new at Half Term

Discover places to take your children over half term at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Dovedale Fete

Village fete, with children's maypole dancing, cake stall, live music, food, entertainments and country games. Monday 29 May, Ilam.

Once Upon a Time at Cromford Mills

Step into a fairy tale kingdom and meet knights, princesses and dragons. Visit Cromford Mills on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May for a weekend of magical fun for all the family. Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ

Spring Bank Holiday at Matlock Farm Park

Glewy The Alien and Friends! Saturday May 27th. Play party games, sing songs, tell jokes and stories, win prizes and have fun with the naughty little monster and his pals.

Dancing Dogs Open Day at The Ark

The Ark's version of Strictly Come Dancing! Enjoy displays of freestyle dancing with dogs and heelwork to music by The Academy for Canine Education. Visit the kennels and cattery, lunches and teas. 11 June, 11-4 pm.

Mum2Mum Market

Mum2mum Market run award winning baby and children's nearly new sales all over the country. They are in Spondon on 3rd June from 10-12 pm,

Uttoxeter Car Boot

Similarly, the car boot sale on Saturday mornings near Uttoxeter racecourse regularly has people selling children's clothes. Free entry.

Tree Fairies at Ilam Park

Make your very own tree fairy using clay and natural materials you find in the woods. No need to book. Free activity, donations welcome. Ideal for children aged 3 - 15 years. Dogs on leads welcome. Sunday 4 June 2017

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Controlled crying not the only way to teach babies to sleep, study finds

"Responsive settling" better for both baby and mother.

Infants screen time can cause language delays

The use of handheld electronic devices leads to expressive language delays among children under two.

Doctors take aim at Juice

Infants under 6 months should never have juice. From 6 months to 1 year liquids should be restricted to breast milk, formula or water - juice should still be avoided. It's not good for toddlers either, they add.


6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning

One of the most important: it's good to learn new skills outside of your comfort zone

Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth can improve women's childbirth experiences and reduce their depression symptoms during pregnancy and the early postnatal period.

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