Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 168: May 2019

Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter - I hope you find it useful. Any comments or recommendation email jill@under-fives.org.


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Parent and toddler group

Parent and Toddler Groups

Playgroups, or parent and toddler groups, 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. Children develop and learn best through play and fun activities - exactly what playgroups offer.

Art with childminder

Childminders and Babysitters

Childminders are self-employed and usually work in their own home. If they look after children aged under 8 years for more than two hours a day they must be registered with Ofsted and take an 'Introduction to Childcare Practice' course within 6 months of registration. Find one at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Mega Lego Play Day

At the Chesterfield museum 1 June.

Nature with Wings

1st and 2nd June at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. Using natural things like leaves to create dragonfly and damselfly crafts.

Sourpuss Puppet Show

Puppet production for 3-8 year olds featuring Sourpuss, the very grumpy ginger cat. Sunday 2nd June at 2pm at St Mary's, Lichfield.

Wendy Club Coffee Morning

Wendy Club is for children under-five. Coffee morning for all on Tuesday 18th June, 10 - 11.30 am in Mayfield Church Rooms.

Father's Day Piggyback Challenge

Monkey around this Father's Day at Trentham Monkey Forest. Watch how the male monkeys carry the little ones - now you try! Dads have to carry their little ones on their back (just like the monkeys do) and complete the forest's assault course.

Paw Patrol at Churnet Valley Railway

Chase and Skye will be taking you on a journey as you all enjoy story time. 22nd - 23rd June.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

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

Research finds high-fat diet could result in fewer male babies born

Eating a diet with high omega 6, present in chips and crisps, in the lead up to pregnancy could play a role in a lower percentage of male babies being conceived.

Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to infants by breastfeeding

At least that's what research in mice unexpectedly shows.

My Toddler Won't Play Without Me, So I Asked a Psychologist What to Do

Five tips for encouraging independent play for toddlers.

Reading with toddlers linked to enhanced child behavior

People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, a new study finds.

Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies

music specially composed for premature infants strengthens the development of their brain networks and could limit the developmental delays that often affect these children.

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