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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – December 2018

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

Giving all children the Best Start in life

The Early Years and Childhood Partnership will commence the New Year by becoming the Best Start Partnership. This transformation will support the delivery of the Putting Children First pledge, the Common Strategic Policy 2018 – 22 and the Children and Young People’s Plan 2019 – 23. By getting it right from the start Jersey will become an island that works for all children and makes a sound investment in the island’s future by giving all children the Best Start in life.

The Best Start Partnership has three priorities:

  1. Best Start for all: Building strong foundations for children’s futures by supporting all children in Jersey to flourish.
  2. Best Start Plus: Achieving equity of outcomes for all children
  3. Best Start Together: Recognising the strength of children, families and services working in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for all children.

To find out more visit:


The next Knowledge Makes Change Seminar (8) will be held on Thursday 21st March 2019.  6.30 – 8.30 at St Pauls Centre.

Neil Griffiths will be speaking about Counting Stories – Maths & Literacy.  He is the creator of the award winning Storysack® and many other play resources. He has developed a scheme for supporting English as an additional language and also writes children’s picture books. Neil loves to tell a story, and a story time with him is a highly entertaining event as he magically draws his audience into his storyworlds.

Please go to Eventbrite to book your place.

Child Measurement report published

The Child Measurement report for 2018 has been published by Statistics Jersey. This report presents information on the levels of obesity in children in Jersey in academic year 2017/18.  The heights and weights of children in Reception (Year R: 4 – 5 year olds) and Year 6 (10 – 11 year olds) are measured annually through the Jersey Child Measurement Programme (JCMP).

Among the key points for academic year 2017/2018:

  • one in five Year R children (20%), and around one in three children in Year 6 (32%) were overweight or obese;
  • a higher proportion of boys (24%) than girls (16%) were categorised as overweight or obese in Year R;
  • the proportion of Year R children classified as overweight or obese has remained at around 20% since 2010-2012, and has continued to be lower than the 29% seen in 2000-2002;
  • most children who were a healthy weight six years previously remained a healthy weight at Year 6 (84%); one in ten (11%) of this healthy weight group had become overweight, and one in twenty (5%) had become obese;
  • the proportion of children in Year R categorised as obese was similar in Jersey (9%) compared to England (10%).

Proposal to re-organise Health and Community Services

The government has announced proposals for a new model of health care for Jersey, which is led by clinical professionals, and is supported by a modern, effective, efficient and restructured Health and Community Services (HCS) department. The proposed changes are part of the ‘One Government’ modernisation programme for Jersey’s public services, which was announced in March by the States of Jersey Chief Executive, Charlie Parker

The proposed model for Jersey’s health and community system is built around five care groups – including Women, Children and Family Care – and four cross-cutting service groups.

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts

Resources available from pdnet: national network for supporting learners with physical disability

Pdnet is the national network for all those supporting learners with physical disability. In April 2017 pdnet was awarded the DfE contract ‘Support for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities’ which aims improve the knowledge, skills and the capacity of the physical disability workforce across all phases of education. Over the past 18 months pdnet have worked with the sector to develop phase-specific online training modules and Standards, all of which are now available to access FREE of charge online at

Pdnet Standards

The pdnet Standards provide a practical structure for schools and settings to self-evaluate current provision and reflect on the effectiveness of their organisation in meeting the diverse needs of children and young people with physical disability. A set of Standards has been developed for all three educational phases including Early Years.

‘Raising Awareness of Physical Disability’ Online Training

These training modules are designed for anyone working within an educational setting who needs to develop their awareness and understanding of physical disability and the impact it can have on learning. Each module is approximately 1 hour in length and uses custom graphics and scenario based learning to help users to understand the barriers or challenges that can be faced by children with physical disability and the steps that can be taken to overcome these.

Effective Practice Hub

The Effective Practice Hub holds useful resources to help support children with physical disability. Free to access online, resources available include; information and advice leaflets, case studies, risk assessment examples and ‘top tips’. All resources have been written by professionals from across the physical disability sector and then quality assured by the pdnet Editorial Board.

For more information about pdnet and/or help with any of these resources, please visit or email

EIF maturity matrix: Speech, language and communication in the early years

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has produced a self-assessment tool to support a system-wide approach to improving outcomes for children in the early years, with a focus on speech, language and communication skills.

The tool is published as a document providing:

  • A brief overview of the evidence on early language development.
  • An introduction to using a systemic approach to improve speech, language and communication outcomes for children.
  • Descriptors for 10 key elements which make up an early intervention system which is focused on speech, language and communication outcomes for children in the early years.
  • A recording sheet, user guide and single-page summary of the maturity matrix.

 Mental health and wellbeing during the transition to fatherhood: a systematic review of first time fathers’ experiences: journal article

The aim of this systematic review was to identify and synthesize the best available evidence on first time fathers’ experiences and needs in relation to their mental health and wellbeing during their transition to fatherhood. Based on the synthesized findings, three main factors that affect first time fathers during their transition to fatherhood were identified: the formation of the fatherhood identity, competing challenges of the new fatherhood role and negative feelings and fears relating to it. The role restrictions and changes in lifestyle often resulted in feelings of stress, for which fathers used denial or escape activities, such as smoking, working longer hours or listening to music, as coping techniques. Fathers wanted more guidance and support around the preparation for fatherhood, and partner relationship changes. Barriers to accessing support included lack of tailored information resources and acknowledgment from health professionals. The study concluded that better preparation for fatherhood, and support for couple relationships during the transition to parenthood could facilitate better experiences for new fathers, and contribute to better adjustments and mental wellbeing in new fathers.

This article is open access and available to view free of charge from the JBI Database website. It can also be downloaded as a pdf.

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 Early Years and Childhood Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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