Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 130 : December 2015

Welcome the Under-Fives newsletter. Thanks very much for subscribing - I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and New Year.


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

Bumpalicious Fitness

New: Pregnancy and Mum & Baby fitness classes start in February with Amy. First class free. Find out more at

Little Hands Music

For over 14 years Little Hands Music and Boogie Babies have been helping very young babies and toddlers learn through music. New class times now announced and coming next year: Exploring Child Development workshops. More at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Santa Special Boat Trips

Santa Special voyage along the Chesterfield Canal, 19th and 20th December

Christmas Fun at Matlock Farm Park

Free entry for children in December. Meet Santa Claus in his grotto, Christmas Pony ride, Alpaca walking and ferret racing.

Magical Christmas at Thomasland

Thomas Land is full of activity as the engines prepare for Christmas. With over 21 rides and attractions to enjoy, spectacular decorations, festive music and we guarantee it will snow at least 3 times a day. Drayton Manor Park, Nr. Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW. Fri to Mon through December.

Santa's Winter Wonderland

Santa's returning to the SnowDome this year with his magical Winter Wonderland in the snow. As well as his reindeer he'll be bringing all of his friends for some serious festive fun the weather cannot spoil. SnowDome, Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7ND. To 31 December.

Waterside Winter Wonderland at Conkers

Waterside Christmas Winter Wonderland is back again. Arrive at Waterside where Santa's chief elf and his team of elves will lead you through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to Santa's woodland grotto. Conkers, Rawdon Road, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6GA

Santa Specials at Foxfield Steam Railway

Children meet Santa Claus and receive quality presents. Weekends in December.

Christmas with Mr Toad at Chatsworth

With the lower floors of the house transformed into scenes loosely based on Kenneth Grahame's much-loved classic Wind in the Willows, the Painted hall serves beautifully as the Baronial Toad Hall dressed with sumptuous garlands and a magnificent Christmas tree while the house itself is generously decorated with festive flowers and giant Christmas trees throughout. Until January.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Call to add folic acid to bread in Europe to save babies' lives

Folic acid should be added to bread and flour to prevent hundreds of babies being aborted or born with diseases like spina bifida, say health experts.

Weight gain between pregnancies linked to stillbirths and infant deaths

Women who put on weight after their first pregnancy are more likely to have a stillborn second child or a baby who dies within the year than those whose weight remains stable, new research shows.

Smoking in pregnancy 'affects boys' fitness in later life'

Young men whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had lower aerobic fitness compared to those whose mothers did not, says recent study.

Experts call for more research into ADHD drug Ritalin

Stimulant drugs like Ritalin should be used judiciously in hyperactive children because they can have unpleasant side effects, say experts.

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