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Issue 105 : September 2013

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

Little Chatterboxes

Little Softies Soft Play Hire

Starting 11 October, new weekly group for children aged 1 to 3 and a half run by a Speech and Language Therapist.

Twinkletoes preschool dance classes

Dance classes starting in Fradley and Rugely.

French for Babies

French with songs, games and fun for babies now in Lichfield.

Gym Kids

Pre-school gymnastics now at Belper and Matlock.

Check out our Advertisers

Some of the listings on the site are highlighted with pictures and forms to fill in to request more information. These are our advertisers and we love them - so please check out what they have to offer. They include...
Little Hands Music and Boogie Babies
Baby Sensory
TinyTalk Baby Signing
Little Monkeys
School Christmas Cards


Groups in Swadlincote?

I cannot find any groups to take my granddaughter to in the Swadlincote area.

Susan Jones

Susan doesn't drive - we suggested Tiny Talk Baby Signing and Hill Street Baptist Church Parents and Toddlers Group - has anyone any other suggestions?


CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure

The National Literacy Trust have teamed up with CBeebies Magazine to launch the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure, a fun and play-based competition for children aged three to seven which features several of CBeebiesí most popular characters.

Baby weaning foods found lacking

Baby foods sold in the UK fail to meet infants' dietary weaning needs, claim researchers. Most contained fewer nutrients than homemade food, and only as much as the breast milk they were supplementing. And their sweet taste may steer the infant palate towards unhealthy choices, the researchers fear. Weaning guidelines recommend offering sweet foods only "occasionally or not at all" to set good habits. Babies would need to eat twice as much shop-bought food to get the same energy and protein as meals cooked at home, according to the research.

Sugar gel helps premature babies

A dose of sugar given as a gel rubbed into the inside of the cheek is a cheap and effective way to protect premature babies against brain damage, say experts.

Report shows many children start school without communication skills

A report from the Centre for Social Justice has highlighted the fact that many children are starting school severely lacking in social and communication skills. Some children are already many years behind their peers at the age of four, for example some children donít know their own names and struggle to speak. The report highlights the importance of family involvement in preparing children for school, stating that if parents engage with their childís education, their attainment increases by 15%, regardless of the familyís social background.

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