Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 148: June 2017

Welcome to the Under-Fives newsletter. I hope you find it useful.

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Get mucky and learn about nature

Explore, play, discover and help wildlife in Derbyshire and Staffordshire - we've a new section on nature groups for the under-fives.

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Find a Day Nursery

More day nurseries are now listed at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Pirates of the Maize Maze

Set sail on a treasure hunting adventure through the 10 acre maize maze at National Forest Adventure Park, Sat 15 Jul - Mon 4 Sep 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Jolly July Open Day and Fun Dog Show

The Fun Dog Show starts at 12.30 and, as you would guess, has classes for all sorts of dogs. Visit the kennels and cattery at Wyaston, near Ashbourne 23 July 2017, 11 am to 6 pm.

Wonderful World of Words - Harry Potter

Art and craft drop-ins every Tuesday in the summer holidays. Delve into the world of Harry Potter. Come in costume, make craft to take home inspired by this famous wizard. Indoor and outdoor trails and quizzes. 25 July 2017, 11 'til 4. Museum of Cannock Chase.

Junk box challenge

Design and make a train using items from the junk box at Peak Rail, Rowsley South Station, Harrison Way, Darley Dale Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2LF. 25 July 2017, 11 'til 4.

Glewy The Alien and Friends!

Come and meet Glewy the Alien and his puppet friends. Play party games, sing songs, tell jokes and stories. Win prizes, and have fun with the naughty little monster and his friends. 29 July 2017, 10:00 - 16:30 at Matlock Farm Park

Uttoxeter Car Boot

Car boot sale on Saturday mornings near Uttoxeter racecourse regularly has people selling children's clothes. Free entry.

The Princess and the Pig

There's been a dreadful mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has switched places with Pigmella, the farmers new piglet! Biddulph Grange Garden, Saturday 5th August 2-3 pm. Bring along your blankets and folding chairs to enjoy this open-air production, filled with music and puppetry.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Babies put into their own room at six months sleep longer

Study finds that infants who sleep in a different room to their mother after 4-9 months sleep for longer in both the short and longer-term.

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Feed babies peanuts, eggs and cow's milk before a year old to protect against allergies

The chance of developing an allergy to eggs or peanuts nearly doubles in infants who are denied them before the age of one, according to the study

Antibacterials in soap and toys should be regulated globally

Governments and regulatory agencies around the world should be wary of the long-term effects of two antibacterial chemicals - Triclosan and Triclocarban - commonly added to everything from soaps to toys. These chemicals can disrupt hormone systems, with possible effects on development, sexual maturation and fertility

Does Spoon-Feeding Really Make Babies Overweight?

Preschool children who followed baby-led weaning are less likely to be overweight than those who were spoon-fed. Similarly, toddlers who had followed the approach were less likely to be fussy eaters, less likely to overeat and were less likely to be overweight.

Babies with involved fathers learn faster, study finds

An active male role in the early stages of babies' development produced better performance in cognitive tests by the age of two, researchers found.

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