Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 142: December 2016

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

Baby Massage

More Groups and Classes

Looking for an activity to do with your baby - new groups and classes are regularly added to the web site, from baby massage to messy play.

Books for the under-fives

Top Ten Books for the Under-Fives

I've updated the list of the best books for the under-fives. Any favourites of yours I've missed? Let me know.

Offers and Voucher Codes

Retailers are desperate for your Christmas spending and are still offering money-off vouchers. Here are some that might interest you - more at our offers page.


Three-for-Two plus 20% off at Thorntons

Get 3 for 2 mix and match chocolates, plus get get 20% off purchases with code 16VCUKDEC2.
Go to Thorntons


Half Price on Soap and Glory at Boots

Half price Soap & Glory The Whole Glam Lot.
Go to Boots


Save over 50%

A gift that keeps being given: save over 50% on OK Magazine, Marie Claire, Elle, etc.


30% Off at Boden

30% Off everything at Boden plus free delivery and returns with code A7A5.
Go to Boden


3 for 2 at Neal's Yard

Plus free delivery on orders over £40
Go to Neal's Yard


10% off at Bunches

10% off all orders with no minimum spend and free delivery at the flower shop Bunches. Use code VC10.
Go to Bunches

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Christmas Grotto at Chestnut Wildlife Centre

Come along and meet Santa and his animal helpers.

Christmas at the Farm

Weekends and school holidays until 24 December 2016. Santa's Grotto and Elves' Workshop, Elf Shows, Winter Wonderland Crafts, Meet the Reindeer plus join the nativity play with real animals. All at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

Enchanted Christmas at Hardwick Hall

Elf guide will lead you to meet Mrs Claus, Bertie the Gingerbreadman, Elf Training School Teacher and Santa's Naughty Brother Banta Claws. Make something in the workshop not forgetting a visit to Santa in his Lapland Tepee and a visit to the Real Reindeer to make a special wish. Weekends and school holidays until 23 December.

Winter Wonderfarm at Lower Drayton Farm

Enjoy a fun festive show. Meet the farm's friendly animals plus - Elves' Teddy Bear workshop.

Santa Special Boat Trips

Along the Chesterfield Canal at Christmas. There's a toy for each child and a drink and mince pie for each adult. Weekends and school holidays, now until 24 December.

Waterside Winter Wonderland at Conkers

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. Weekends in December.

Santa's Floating Grotto

17th and 18th December at Mercia Marina, Willington, Derbyshire.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

'Kangaroo mothering' helps boost a child's health and intelligence, study finds

Kangaroo mothering, the practice of continuous skin-to-skin contact with a newborn baby, results in healthier, more intelligent and successful offspring, study reveals.

Antibacterial products may help bacteria beat antibiotics

Antibacterial triclosan is widely used, even in toys. However it could help microbes like MRSA beat our most powerful antibiotics.

Can we really predict who will cost society the most money?

We can predict which children will grow up to commit the most crime and have the worst health; all we need is to know a child's mental and physical abilities at the age of 3, plus their family's income. So says a study that tracked the lives of nearly 1000 people.

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