Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 126 : July 2015

Welcome to July's newsletter. I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays - want to recommend anywhere you've visited? Get in touch.


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

Learning badminton


Fun, fitness and learning the skills to enjoy sport for kids aged from 2. Fun weekly sports classes in 6 week blocks including badminton, basketball, hockey, football, tennis, cricket and rugby.


Playgroups Merging

The Wendy Group and Mayfield Parents and Tots are merging. Read about these and other playgroups at

Events for the Under-Fives

Mothers and Toddlers Club at Royal Stafford

During the school holidays decorate a mug each and enjoy a hot/cold drink for 10.00 for two people. 9.30-11 Tuesday mornings - put your baby's footprints on a plaque. Booking advisable.

Maize Maze

Opening this summer, the ten acre maze will feature an intricate design of a huge JCB digger including three miles of pathways, viewing towers and bridges. Now until Sun 6 Sep 2015

Free TinyTalk baby signing taster - theme: We're going to the Beach

Wednesday 5 August 2015, at Jungle Madness soft play Church Street, Donsithorpe, Swadlincote, DE12 7PY. TinyTalk at 9.30-10.30, TinyTalk Toddler at 11-12.

Tove Jansson at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Creator of the children's magical world of the Moomins. Tove Jansson is celebrated in this exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of her birth.

Free TinyTalk baby signing taster at Sharpes Pottery Museum

Monday 10 August 2015, at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Theme is Teddy Bears' Picnic. TinyTalk at 9.45-10.45, TinyTalk Toddler at 11.15-12.15.

Buxton Family Festival

Including Chipperfield Circus and Fun World. 1-16 August.

Family Fun Boat Trips

Dates between now and October in Chesterfield.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Why eating for two during pregnancy may cause weight problem

A new study suggests that women may not need to 'eat for two' during pregnancy because the body could adapt to absorb more energy from food. The findings may help to explain why some women struggle to lose weight after giving birth.

Women who want two children 'should start trying by 27'

Scientists create fertility calculator, warning women that if they want to plan a family they need to think about it early. It tells a woman at what age she would need to start trying for a family to have a 90 per cent, 75 per cent or 50 per cent chance of success,

How you talk to your baby now can impact his or her social skills later

A mother's ability to tune-in to her baby's thoughts and feelings early on helps her child to learn to empathise with the mental lives of other people, new research says.

Babies' brains show that social skills linked to second language learning

Meanwhile other research shows that infants with "good" social skills are better at learning a second language.

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