Meaning of under-fives in English:


Pronunciation /ʌndəˈfʌɪvz/

plural noun

mainly British
  • Children who are less than five years old, especially those who are not in full-time education.

    ‘existing provision for under-fives is generally inadequate’
    • ‘under-fives facilities’
    • ‘Admission costs £4 for adults, £3 concessions, £1 for children aged five to 15 and under-fives free.’
    • ‘Its innovative nursery school programme has taken the orchestra to around 24,000 under-fives in the past five years alone.’
    • ‘In the old days, there was very little investment in the under-fives but now nursery education is helping them develop more and more.’
    • ‘When asked whether to spend money on higher education or the under-fives, she asked why we couldn't have both, funded by a tax hike: ‘The phone instantly went dead’.’
    • ‘When the strike has been reported, the emphasis has been on the impact it has had on working mothers and those who struggle with a squad of under-fives full-time.’
    • ‘It means the school has achieved a kite-mark for high standards of care and education of under-fives.’
    • ‘Many's the Saturday I have longed for an inexpensive restaurant serving small bowls of pasta or rice dishes for under-fives, where my children will not provoke intolerant glances from diners tucking into a couscous and mango salad.’
    • ‘Hundreds of children from the under-fives to the over-15s took part in the competition.’
    • ‘He said his main spending priorities were under-fives and schools.’
    • ‘These basics are particularly important for the survival of the under-fives and children in remote areas.’
    • ‘It will also focus on young people, offering various activity sessions for different age groups, such as stories for under-fives and homework support for school pupils.’
    • ‘Parents may be prevented from taking their children swimming because of regulations stating that under-fives must be supervised on a one-to-one basis.’
    • ‘Volunteers hope the centre will cater for six children with a variety of needs at any one time, with under-fives during the day and slightly older ones after school, he added.’
    • ‘The centre provides an excellent service for under-fives with special needs and their families, which is very much appreciated.’
    • ‘She cites parents' worries that under-fives, in particular, fail to understand the purpose of adverts, and do not differentiate between commercials and programmes.’
    • ‘The Welsh assembly has announced £4. 87m of funding to improve Welsh language training for those working with under-fives.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, local Chiswick parents held an event to launch fund-raising for a wooden playground for under-fives that will reflect elements of Chiswick House.’
    • ‘There will be a fancy dress competition with a 1940s theme which will be judged in three categories: under-fives, fives to tens and adults.’
    • ‘Each night the displays will start at 8pm and tickets will cost £3.50 per person, with under-fives free.’
    • ‘These countries have opted for large, targeted initiatives several times a year in which millions of under-fives are immunised at a time.’