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Knowledge Makes Change – October 2022


Ben Kingston-Hugues – Exhilarating Outdoor Play

Date: Saturday 29th October 2022

Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue: St Paul’s Centre

We are delighted to welcome Ben Kingston-Hughes on island for a day’s training on Exhilarating Outdoor Play.

To book your place, please register via the Eventbrite link below. Places are limited to 90 people.

An Introduction to Sing and Sign

Learning new songs and words supported by signing provides all children with a visual prompt to reinforce what they have learnt. Signing also supports memory and recall and has the added benefit for practitioners who can use signs to quietly reinforce expectations such as good sitting/listening or a prompt to wait to take a turn in a group activity. An introduction to sing and sign will equip you with some basic signs which can be integrated into daily routines. You will get the opportunity to learn to sign to simple rhymes and stories and takeaway prompt sheets to help you when you are back in your home or setting. The free session will be run at Pips Place on the 9th November (7pm till 8.30pm).

Introduction to Sing and Sign Tickets, Wed 9 Nov 2022 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

Sing and Sign it’s Christmas

Get in the Christmas spirit by learning some simple signs to incorporate into your Christmas festivities. This is a practical session where you will learn lots of signs and simple songs to enjoy with the children in your care. The session is free and will be run at Pips Place on the 23rd November (6pm till 7.30pm).

Sing and Sign – It’s Christmas Tickets, Wed 23 Nov 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

MAYBO Training Dates:

Positive and Safer Approaches to Behaviour

This course will help develop understanding of young children’s needs and behaviours by exploring functions of behaviour, positive behavioural support and safer de-escalation. This MAYBO licensed course is available to practitioners working within a registered setting. The course is split into three modules each taking 3 hours to complete. Details of each participant will be required at time of booking for certification purposes. Please see the links below for the various courses currently available:

For those working in registered Early Years Settings:

3rd and 5th November;

10th, 16th and 17th November;

28th, 29th and 30th November;

7th, 14th and 21st January;

18th, 19th and 20th January;

For those working in school aged care – after school clubs, holiday clubs, activity clubs:

1st, 7th and 8th November;

19th and 26th November;

7th, 12th and 14th December;

28th January, 4th and 11th February;

Since 1973, in the UK, Home-Start volunteers have been providing tailor-made support to help families. In most cases help is offered where families or individuals feel isolated and have no-one nearby to help. To find out more see: Home-Start UK

Brightly is piloting a Home-Start Jersey initiative, and will offer regular support, friendship, and practical help to individuals or families who need it. It will take place in their own homes, helping to prevent crisis or breakdown and help people when they need it most.

We will provide home-visiting support to three specific target groups:

· Care leavers aged 16-25;

· Families with pre-school children, where a parent is care experienced; and

· Families with pre-school children, where a child or a parent is experiencing poor health.

Brightly have recruited and trained ten volunteers who will be matched to a family, visiting once a week (usually for 2-3 hours).

To find out more about Home-Start Jersey or to make a referral please go to: Home-Start Jersey –

Click here to complete survey

Access to free period products consultation:

The Government of Jersey has committed to providing access to free period products for anyone who needs them in Jersey.

As part of this commitment the Government has launched a pilot scheme, with free period products available in a small number of locations. Find out more information on where you can access free period products and the pilot.

This survey is exploring Islanders’ views about which products would be most useful and how best to access them. The findings from this survey will be used to inform the rollout of products more widely next year.

We would welcome your feedback to help us to provide the right products in the right places.

The survey is anonymous and available here

Forget Me Not is the story of a little girl’s inseparable bond with her beloved Dalmation, Dotty.Rose has to deal with the loss of Dotty. Carolyn hopes that her book will help children to cope with grief.

Forget Me Not is not only about grief, but also a celebration of the bond we have with our pets. The story of Rose and Dotty uses the changing seasons to illustrate the journey a child takes with their beloved pet, from beginning to end.

Pre-orders are now available and links to order are available through Carolyn’s website;

Also, as detailed in her website, Carolyn would be delighted to do author visits and/or readings. Carolyn understands that grief may not be a topic everyone would want to cover in an author visit. She is happy to focus her sessions on other themes of the book, if needed. (

A link to ITV Channel TV’s coverage is also available;

News, Research and Training from the UK;

National Children’s Bureau launch ‘What works in SEND’ website:

The ‘What Works in SEND’ programme is delivered by an expert partnership experienced in academic research and evidence; systems change and service improvement; practice development, learning facilitation and sector-wide collaboration.

The programme is led by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and Isos Partnership and establishes an ambitious programme of learning and innovation, designed to generate high quality evidence of what works at system level in SEND to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

Visit the What Works in SEND website to find out more: What Works in SEND

nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) are offering free webinars:

Meeting the Needs of Every Child’. An introduction to SEND in the Early Years for practitioners and childminders. The 2-hour webinars cover the legislation for SEND, role of the SENCO and Key Person, the graduated approach and developing partnerships with parents. Dates for the sessions are below:

23rd November
19th January 2023
08th March 2023

A webinar; ‘Cost of Living; Supporting Families in the Early Years’;

More info here

The National Deaf Children’s Society: Early Years Networking Groups

Join the National Deaf Children’s Society’s hosted network of early years settings and practitioners, meeting online to share resources, knowledge and good practice. They will provide support, contact, training, ask the expert opportunities and resources. The first meeting will focus on practical activities for improving deaf children’s social and emotional development. The next topic is phonetical awareness for deaf children.

More info here

Family and its protective effect: Part 1 of the Independent Family Review – Children’s Commissioner

The first part of the Independent Family Review, published by the children’s commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, warns that young people who experience domestic violence between parents at age three are likely to showcase 30 per cent more anti-social behaviour than average by age 14.

The report describes how domestic abuse can also destabilise a young person’s life, often forcing them to move home frequently for their safety, disrupting their education and friendships.

de Souza focuses on the “protective effect” of the family and uses the report to highlight the realities of modern family life, urging government to put parents and children at the centre of policy-making.

The ADHD Foundation: Neurodiversity Charity is running a series of live streamed training sessions for educational professionals. The webinars are applicable to all key stages and phases of education, including sessions that are specific to Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings. They also offer webinars designed for new entrants to the profession and Teaching Assistants.

All the webinars will begin at 3:45pm and finish at 5:15pm and will include an opportunity for Q&A.

How to register: Please confirm your attendance to the webinar of your choice by following the relevant link below. This will take you to the event booking page, with a registration form to complete. You will then receive an email with instructions on how to join the webinar. Can’t attend? If you are unavailable to attend the live webinar, and would like access to a recording, please continue to sign up and you will receive a link after the session.

Tuesday 8th November: Leading a Neurodiverse Classroom Registration

Thursday 24th November: Planning for the New Term for SENDCOs Registration

Monday 5th December: Supporting Memory in the Classroom Registration

Tuesday 13th December: Mental Health and Neurodiversity, including rejection sensitive dysphoria Registration

More info here

Talk To Your Baby:
Preparing for a new generation
Monday 30 January 30 2023
Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham £120.00

At the nextTalk To Your Baby conference, our annual early years event, we will examine current challenges within the sector and consider how emerging innovations, and a coordinated call for action, might provide hope of positive learning and life outcomes for all children in early years. Meet the panel of expert speakers:

More Info/Book Here