Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 162: November 2018

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

Choosing a pre-school

Choosing a Pre-School

How to choose a pre-school - what should you look for and what questions should you ask?

Childminder and child

Find a Childminder

Find childminders and babysitters in Derbyshire or Staffordshire.

Best Books for the Under-Fives

After years of research - here are some of our favourite books for the under-fives. What else gives you repeat enjoyment of a present for such a small outlay?

Slinki Malinki

1. Slinky Malinki
by Lynley Dodd
Slinky Malinki was blacker than black. A stalking and lurking adventurous cat. Children go back again and again to this book.

Wordy Birdy

2. Wordy Birdy
by Tammi Sauer
Wordy Birdy is a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens! A new book which is very funny

Where the Wild Things Are

3. Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Let the wild rumpus start - beautifully written prose-poem.


4. Peepo!
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Great one for the youngest children. Look through the holes to spot details from the wonderful illustrations.

Three little wolves and the Big Bad Pig

5. Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
by Eugene Trivizas
One for the four-year-olds - children love the topsy-turvey version of the well known fairy-tale.

The Smartest Giant in Town

6. The Smartest Giant in Town
by Julia Donaldson
Funny, warm-hearted, who could fail to love George, the smartest giant in town?

Guess how much I love you

7. Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
As Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. This lovely board book is one that children ask for time and again.

Five Minutes Peace

8. Five Minutes' Peace
by Jill Murphy
We can all sympathise with Mrs Large in her quest for five minutes peace.

Spot's First Christmas

9. Spot's First Christmas
by Eric Hill
Spot finds out about Christmas trees, carol-singers and presents from Father Christmas in this festive board-book edition of a classic lift-the-flap tale.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

10. Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon
A charming, uplifting story about a bat who struggles to fit in with a family of birds.

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Santa's Winter Wonderland at SnowDome, Tamworth

With all the real snow, real animals and all new Winter Wonderland show. Open from 16 November until 31 December. Under twos are free.

Christmas Lapland Experience at Blithbury

Meet and feed the herd of reindeer, visit Father Christmas in his traditional Scandinavian style Grotto, explore soft play area and be entertained by the singing reindeer. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Reindeer and sleigh

North Pole Adventure

A magical festive journey to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas and his friends. Travel through the magic portal to Father Christmas' home town. Explore the Victorian high Street and sweet shop, help the elves sort the parcels and meet our interactive talking polar bear under the Northern Lights at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

An Audience with Father Christmas at Bolsover Castle

Meet Father Christmas as he tells tales of Christmas past amidst the yuletide decorations. Weekends in December

Santa and Steam

The Santa Express winds its way through the Staffordshire Moorlands, with gifts for every boy and girl, and mince pies and sherry for the grown-ups.

Children's Victorian Santa Trails

Follow the trail through the castle as the Victorian household gets ready for the festive season, and help Cook to make Christmas pudding, decorate the tree with the Mistress of the House, and join the Stablehand in finding carrots for Rudolph and Co, before meeting Santa in his grotto. Weekends in December.

Living Nativity at Emma Bridgewater

Meet the animals from the Christmas story when The Farm on Wheels visits the Factory on Sunday 9th December 11 am to 3.30 pm.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

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

How to stop your toddler having a temper tantrum in seconds

The trick - to distract the toddler with a toy rather than hug them, researchers have found.

Baby up at night? Inactivity may be a culprit

New research suggests babies who are less active get less sleep, which may be helpful for those looking for possible solutions for the long, sleepless nights.

Pregnancy gap should be at least a year

Mothers should wait at least a year between giving birth and getting pregnant again to reduce health risks to mother and baby, a new study says.

Study explores infant body position and learning

Learning to sit is linked with better object perception. Learning to walk is linked with improved language ability.

2019 baby names: What will be popular?

See the most popular in 2018 and the trends for 2019.

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