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Knowledge Makes Change – February


50 things to do before you’re 5 1st Birthday celebration!

Almost a year ago CEYS, in collaboration with the Best Start Partnership, launched the app “50 things to do before you’re 5” at a spectacular event in Millbrook Park. Since then, the app has continued to grow in popularity, being used in Early Years settings, schools, and by parents & grandparents as an easy and inexpensive way to enhance their home learning environments through the 50 activities it contains.

We are delighted to be celebrating a whole year of 50 things to do before you’re 5 in Jersey with a free community event full of fun, free activities for families and children.

Date: Saturday 15th April

Time: 10-12pm

Venue: Millbrook Park pavilion

We would be delighted to hear from organisations who would like to be involved in this event and host an activity on the day, so if you would like to support us at our Birthday event please contact either [email protected] or [email protected] to register your interest. We look forward to seeing you there!

Keep an eye on social media channels for more details closer to the time.

Please also follow our Facebook page at to keep up to date with competitions and local 50 things news & events.

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:

Monday 20th March, Wednesday 22nd March and Monday 27th March between 5pm and 8pm Book Here

Wednesday 10th May, 9:30-12:30 and Thursday 11th May, 9:30-3pm Book Here

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

1st March, Wednesday 8th March and Thursday 9th March between 5pm and 8pm Book Here

Wednesday 17th May, Thursday 18th May and Wednesday 24th May between 5pm and 8pm Book Here

Making it REAL:

We are thrilled to offer more training opportunities for Making it REAL:

Thursday 23rd March, 9.30 till 4.30; Book Here via Eventbrite

Monday 9th October, 9.30 till 4.30; Book Here via Eventbrite

Network Meeting for those already trained and using REAL. You can meet the trainers and other practitioners to chat about your challenges and successes: Tuesday 2nd May; Book Here.

For more info contact [email protected] (t; 07829801156)

Sing and Sign Courses for 2023:

Sing and Sign – It’s Summer!

Wednesday 26th April, 6.00pm till 7.30pm Book Here

Building Blocks to Toilet Training

Presentation for Parents

Based on ERIC Charity

We will be holding “Building Blocks’ presentations on the first Wednesday of every month, 10am-11.30am at Samares Pathways Child & Family Centre.

(Drive along the coast road and turn in at Rue De Maupertuis then left onto Les Cloches (opp. Eastern Good Companions Club) then turn left into the Samares School grounds / carpark (high fenced)

No booking required for your attendance at this session.

This information in this presentation is designed to help you support your child to acquire the pre toilet training skills needed to start their toilet training journey.

Dates for the 2023 presentations are-

1st March

5th April

3rd May

7th June

5th July

2nd August

6th September

4th October

1st November

6th December

News, Research and Training from the UK;

Early Childhood Unit News Bulletin – 23rd February;

More here

Supporting healthy relationships among parents with mental health difficulties: A practical guide

This practical guide has been developed to improve understanding of how risk factors among parents with mental health difficulties can impact on parental conflict and in turn on child outcomes, how to effectively engage these parents, what evidence-based support can be offered, and how to appropriately assess progress for these families.

Guide Here

The Princess of Wales launched a major new awareness-raising campaign to increase public understanding of the crucial importance of the first five years of a child’s life, as part of the work of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood:

More info here

Helping to develop language and communication skills: Tiny Happy People – free resources from the BBC:

Tiny Happy People can help you develop your child’s language and communication skills, so they get the best start in life.

We’ll show you why and how you can bond with your child, before they’re born and throughout their early lives – it’s never too early to start.

Our ideas and activities are easy to build into your daily routine. They’re quick and inspiring, but they’re also based on expert advice and evidence, and are proven to help your child’s development.

You can access Tiny Happy People here: Children’s language development and parenting advice – BBC Tiny Happy People