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Issue 63 : December 2009

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 63 : December 2009

Hello and welcome to the December newsletter.  This is our 
last issue before Christmas so let me take the opportunity 
of wishing you a very happy one.

Thanks very much for subscribing, however, should you wish 
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  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Special Offers and Discount Codes
  - Send Christmas cards designed by your 
    children, and raise funds for your group
  - News and Events

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

  More baby signing classes are now listed at


  Promote your business for children here.  Over 
  3000 people visit our web site each month looking for 
  things to do with their under-fives.  Visit 

Special Offers and Discount Codes

10% Off Baby Products at Boots
  Boots have sent us a code giving 10% off selected 
  pushchairs, car seats, nursery equipment, baby toiletries  
  and maternity underwear. Log into Boots and when you 
  checkout type BSCF28 into the promotional box.   They are 
  also offering half price on No7 Protect & Perfect 
  skincare collection.

20% Off at Mini Barratts
  Use code AMAZINGM to get 20% off shoes and everything 
  else at Mini Barratts. Free delivery on orders over 
  30 using code MOV3M.

15% Off Flowers at M&S
  Use the code FLO15OFF to get 15% off flowers at 
  M&S until 6 December.

Half Price Flowers and Chocolates
  Brighten up the festive season with a scented bouquet 
  and a box of Continental (780g) half price at 
  http://thorntons.at/jill. And this Thursday and Friday 
  (3rd and 4th December) get free delivery when you 
  spend 25 pounds using code XE9R 

For more special offers see

Send Christmas cards designed by your children, and raise funds

Here is an idea for next year for you to raise funds for 
your playgroup, preschool, nursery or other group: sell 
professionally printed Christmas cards designed by 
your children. 

Each child draws or paints a picture on an A4 sheet of paper.  
For very young children this could simply be a handprint or 
finger painting.  The pictures are sent to a company who will 
turn the drawings into packs of Christmas cards. You then buy 
the Christmas cards and the profits go to your organisation.  
A way to make money which also leaves the children feeling 
very pleased and proud that they have created their own 
packs of Christmas cards.

And if you are feeling artistic, you can join in too and 
create your own cards.

There are several companies who will turn your pictures into 
cards. We have used and can recommend the Kids' Card Factory.

Kids' Card Factory
  - No minimum order
  - Costs 5.25 for first pack of 12, and 3.25 for subsequent packs.
  - Artwork in felt tip, crayons, paints or collage.
  - Very fast delivery, artwork deadline early November.

School Card Shop
  - No minimum order.
  - Costs 5 per pack of ten.
  - Artwork in felt tip, pens or crayons.
  - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering.
  - Artwork deadline middle of October.

Kids Cards 4 Christmas
  - Costs 5 per pack of nine.
  - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering. 
  - Artwork in felt tip, crayons or paints.

School Fundraising Company
  - Costs 5 per pack of twelve.
  - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering.
  - 3 weeks delivery.

Christmas Cards for Schools
  - Minimum order of 50 packs.
  - Costs 3.75 per pack of ten.
  - Send a sample card for parents to see before ordering.
  - Artwork in felt tip or coloured pencils only. 
  - 6-8 weeks delivery.

For more fundraising ideas see 


News and Events

Please fill in this form to send announcements of future children's events

Christmas Fair
  2-4 pm 5th December at Henry Prince School, Mayfield, 
  near Ashbourne. Join the festive fun and see Father 
  Christmas. Cake stall, craft stalls, toys, books and 
  competitions. Plus, new this year, handmade, beautifully 
  decorated, Christmas Cakes from just 4. Free entry.

Advent Fair
  At Michael House Steiner School,Heanor, Debyshire. 
  Candle dipping, wreath making, crafts, home produce, 
  a nearly new toy sale and loads of other activities.

Boogie Babies Christmas Party, Derby
  Saturday 12 December 2-5 pm. Fancy dress, Santa, dancing, 
  competitions and giveaways. 4 pounds per person.
  Contact 0798 8198499 for more details

Dirt can be good for children
  Children should be allowed to get dirty, according to 
  scientists who have found being too clean can impair 
  the skin's ability to heal.  Normal bacteria living on 
  the skin trigger a pathway that helps prevent 
  inflammation when we get hurt.

Government plans school at 4 years
  The government is to give all parents the option to 
  send their child to school in the September 
  after they are four.

Treating toddlers for autism boosts IQ later
  Toddlers with symptoms of autism can show dramatic 
  improvement if they are given early, intensive therapy. 

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Copyright jillstudholme.com
, 2009
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