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Knowledge Makes Change December 19

Knowledge Makes Change (KMC) is designed to share key information about early years developments in Jersey and up-to-date research and practice from the UK and international contexts. Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.

This newsletter is for practitioners, parents and anyone who is working with young children and their families in Jersey. If you are aware of someone who would like to receive the KMC newsletter and who does not currently do so, please ask them to email to be added to the mailing list.

Jersey news

REAL Projects

NCB are delighted to report that there are currently 20 REAL projects (15 Literacy and 5 Maths) being delivered in Jersey.

A big “thank you” to everyone who submitted their paperwork by last week’s deadline (Parent agreements, Setting record form, Pre child observation form).

If you haven’t yet sent them in to Kate at JCCT, please do as soon as possible (preferably before Christmas).

I hope your home visits and events are going well, I really enjoyed hearing about them during the Network Meeting in November and would love to hear about more – please do drop me an email to share your stories – contact

Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

We held the 9th KMC Seminar on 21st November 2019.

The theme was ‘Closing the Word Gap’ and our keynote speaker was Jean Gross CBE. Jean gave an excellent presentation packed with ideas and strategies to support young children’s speech, language and communication development.

A big thank you also goes to Cathy Sandlant, Speech & Language Therapist and Jade Orkiszewski, Nursery Class Teacher, who delivered a great presentation on the Nursery Language Enrichment Project that they have been implementing at Rouge Bouillon School. Here is the link to the seminar blog, with links to the film of the seminar and slides (at the bottom, under “Useful Resources”)

Planning has started for KMC Seminar 10, which will be held in the Spring Term 2020. If you have any suggestions of themes or speakers please do get in touch with Gill Holden

REAL Training

We are now in the handover phase of the Early Childhood Development Programme. The aim is to embed REAL in practice on Jersey, and to develop a sustainable model so that REAL can continue to be delivered once the current funding has ended. We plan to do this through developing our group of REAL Champions and REAL Traniers.

We already have a small pool of champions who have attended REAL Champion training, some of whom co-delivered training with Cathy Hamer in October and did an amazing job. We now want to build on this pool of champions and trainers, and are delighted that we will be delivering handover/champion training in REAL Maths, Literacy and Sharing REAL with parents over the next 3 terms.

If you are interested in becoming a REAL Champion or a REAL Trainer or want some more information, please get in touch with Gill We hope to have dates for training confirmed very soon, so watch this space….

Following the champion training, we will be rolling out REAL Maths, Sharing REAL with parents and REAL Literacy training. This will give our newly trained champions the opportunity to have a go at delivering parts of the training alongside Cathy Hamer. Again, watch this space for further information.

Best Start: The Voice of the Child

The Best Start partnership has been thinking about ways in which listening to young children ensures their rights are respected. An overview on the topic of ‘Child Rights in Early Childhood: The Voice of the Child’ is available to download here

Call for early years staff to participate in a short digital learning survey

How do you learn? At the National Children’s Bureau, we’re committed to helping people who work with children and young people to make positive changes for a better childhood. We want to hear how you use digital resources to improve your professional knowledge and skills. This will help us to understand how NCB can help you to support children and young people. Please complete this short survey – it will take no more than 5 minutes.

Consultation on children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services launched

A consultation aiming to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people was launched on 9 December 2019. This work is part of the commitment to Putting Children First, and is being led by Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES) working closely with Health and Community Services (HCS). It is considering the whole emotional wellbeing and mental health pathway for children and young people, including perinatal mental health support to mothers and families during pregnancy and early years family support. The consultation will run until 31 January 2020. For details on how to submit comments to the consultation see this link.

Review of Jersey Care Model Launched

On 3 December, it was announced that The Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel, chaired by Deputy Mary Le Hegarat, is to review the proposed Jersey Care Model. See this link for more information.

The Jersey Child Measurement Programme 2018/19 report

Statistics Jersey has published the latest Jersey Child Measurement Programme 2018/19 report. It presents height and weight information of schoolchildren in Reception (4 – 5 year olds) and Year 6 (10 – 11 year olds). The total number of children measured in 2018/19 was 2,079 (97% of all eligible children). Findings show that two in ten children in Reception (21%) were overweight or obese, with the proportion of children categorised as such similar for females and males. Read the report here.

Children law consultation launched

A 12-week consultation on reforms to the Children (Jersey) Law 2002 opened on 5 December 2019. The policy proposals aim to strengthen the Children (Jersey) Law 2002 including:

  • To expand the focus of the current law to provide an entitlement to children and families for early help and support based on their wellbeing needs;
  • To establish a legal requirement for strategic and operational integrated planning across services that will enable joint planning and clear priorities to improve children’s outcomes;
  • To ensure there is clarity around responsibility for the promotion of wellbeing and for safeguarding children;
  • The introduction of a new requirement for co-operation between providers of services for children;
  • To establish a named list of corporate parents with clear duties and responsibilities for children who are in care and for care leavers;
  • To clearly set out the elements of support that children in care, or leaving care, can expect from government;
  • To embed the four guiding principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the law.

The consultation will run until 26 February 2020. For details on how to submit comments to the consultation see this link.

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts

 Safety advice from CAPT for Christmas shopping

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has published brief safety advice to consider when buying Christmas gifts that are potentially dangerous – including exploding candles, gifts with easy access to powerful button batteries, and fake character toys with hazardous levels of chemicals.

 Evaluation of the Lifting Limits project on challenging gender stereotypes: report

Lifting Limits has released a report: We Can All Be Who We Want to Be following a pilot project which took a whole school approach to challenging gender stereotypes. The report details a year-long pilot project (September 2018 – July 2019) conducted in five Camden schools, including early years. Among the key findings of the project’s impact are:

  • Increased staff awareness and confidence in addressing sexism and stereotyping with pupils, colleagues and parents;
  • Increased self-reflection by staff, feeding into changes in practice;
  • Greater awareness and acceptance of a more diverse range of roles and possibilities for women and girls, men and boys among pupils;
  • Gender awareness is embedded in the school ethos and approach;
  • Parents and carers attending Lifting Limits workshops felt empowered to discuss and challenge gender stereotyping with their children.Download the report here.  The research found that over half (56%) of parents with children under five experience loneliness at least some of the time, with twice as many parents on the lowest incomes saying they often feel isolated from others as parents on the highest incomes (33% v 16%). Younger parents in particular reported often feeling a lack of companionship, nearly two-fifths (37%) of parents aged 18-24, compared to a fifth (21%) of parents aged 25-34.
  • Parents highlight two distinct times when loneliness is most prevalent:
  • Twice as many mothers than fathers said they often feel left out (30% v 16%).
  • This Coram Family and Childcare briefing examines how parents with children under five experience loneliness, and what would help them to overcome it. Findings are based on an opinion poll of 529 parents with children under five, and focus groups with parents of young children in five English towns and cities.

Loneliness among parents of young children: Coram report

  • around the birth of a baby, particularly if the mother or baby have health problems and are unable to get out of the house easily;
  • when the children are older but haven’t yet started school. Parents in all the focus groups felt that the best way to combat loneliness and isolation is to take part in local activities where there are other parents with children. Download the briefing here.

‘Nature’ as ‘good’ – an ECEC product and practice

TACTYC, the Association for Professional Development in Early Years, has published a paper by Student Reflections competition winner Kathleen Bailey, University of Sussex. In this brief reflection on her practice as an outdoor educator, she considers why ‘nature’ seems to be assumed as ‘good’, especially with regards to children’s education, and whether this notion of ‘good nature’ aligns with notions of environmental sustainability. Download the paper here

Teach Early Years reports

The Teach Early Years magazine has a number of free reports available on its website. The latest report is on learning in the outdoors and includes items on: support schemas with forest school; overhauling your outside space; inside ‘outstanding’ Dandelion nursery; the 7C’s of quality outdoor play; and gardening with the under-fives. For details see this link.

Thank you for reading.

KMC is part of the Early Childhood Development Programme. The programme is led by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) in partnership with the States of Jersey and Jersey Child Care Trust, informed by the Education Department, Health and Social Services, the Best Start Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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