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Knowledge Makes Change – January


Best Start Partnership Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Childcare and Early Years Service and Best Start Partnership (BSP) Service for an experienced and enthusiastic professional.

This role will be instrumental in supporting, encouraging, and co-creating opportunities for inclusive, integrated working partnerships and practices delivering the best possible outcomes for children and families.

For more details about this role please contact Nicola Mulliner by email at [email protected]

A full job description is available on; Job Details – Best Start Partnership Manager (

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People (ONLINE)

Who is this course for?

Designed for people who wish to gain a basic understanding of working with children and young people.

This is an ideal first step into learning about the needs and development of children. It is designed to encourage participation and develop confidence, knowledge and skill.

There are online assessments with this course and you will achieve a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People.

More information here; NCFE CACHE Level 2

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:

Course one; Thursday 9th February – 9:30-5:00pm Book Here

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

Course three; 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:

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

Course three; 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:

An Introduction to Sing and Sign:

Wednesday 22nd February 6.00pm till 7:30pm Book Here

Sing and Sign – It’s Summer!

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

Community Funded ‘Pop up’ Nature Explorers – Coronation Park 9.30am

We are delighted to be offering some funded sessions free to the public sponsored by the Co-operative Community Fund. These sessions will meet in Coronation Park (every other Tuesday) up until the end of May. There are 10 sessions that can be booked individually, note three of these are during school or on Public Holidays, siblings can come along. We will be exploring Nature together in a variety of ways.. Ideally planned for those that toddle and upwards! but Crawlers are welcome to come and join us for this community play.


You can find out more about Nature Base here: | Facebook

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 February

1st March

5th April

3rd May

7th June

5th July

2nd August

6th September

4th October

1st November

6th December

Mums Meet with Mind Jersey:

New Year has started off amazingly for us here at Mind as we have launched our brand new Mums Meet session! This sessions is a supported drop-in for Mum’s and expectant Mums and will replace all Side by Side groups.

We all know that being a Mum can be challenging, we would like to encourage those Mum’s that may be feeling low or perhaps feel that they are struggling to pop in to our Mums Meet’ group where we offer:

· A safe and non-judgemental space

· The opportunity to meet other mums that are experiencing similar feelings

· Use our ‘Worry Wall’ to ask questions (anonymously)

· Chat and ask our Parent Support team any questions

· Connect with likeminded mums who get it

We have plenty of space with a variation of toys for mums to attend with or without their little ones, it is completely up to them.

Mums do not need a referral or to sign up to attend the group, this is a drop in and is open to any mum that might be experiencing some difficulties or challenges. We appreciate that groups can often be daunting and would welcome a mum bringing a friend or service support until they felt comfortable, alternatively, contact Shelley or Clara at Mind and they would be happy to meet with any Mum prior to the group to alleviate any anxieties.

There is a Facebook page Mums Meet with Mind Jersey | Facebook where mums can be kept up to date with group info.

Dreaming Trees – free resources and art opportunity now available

This February half term, trees in Howard Davis Park will be illuminated to create a magical wonderland further enhanced with a unique soundscape.

Inspired by the work of Dr Suzanne Simard, leader of The Mother Tree Project and author of Finding the Mother Tree, Dreaming Trees poses a challenge to think about what trees dream about and invites you to explore the scientific research of the ‘Wood Wide Web’.

Free curriculum linked resources supporting Early Years Foundation Stage, Music, Art and Design, English and Science are now available for all key stages.

Children and young people are also invited to share artwork in response to ‘What do you think trees dream of?’ and selected artwork will be included in the illuminations.

Dreaming Trees is organised by the Department for Infrastructure, Housing and Environment, in association with the Creative Island Partnership.

Please see the attached flyer and visit for more information. Please contact Emma Richardson-Calladine with any queries, [email protected]

News, Research and Training from the UK;

A new report released by the First 1001 Days Movement and Institute of Health Visiting shows an alarming 95% of professionals questioned say they are seeing an ongoing negative impact on babies’ and young children’s social skills due to the COVID pandemic. Click on the image below to read the report;

Cost of Living: Supporting Families in the Early Years

Thursday 23 February 2023, 16.30 – 18.00

Please join us for this important webinar as our panel reflect on what the cost of living crisis means for children in the early years, their families and early years providers.

Full programme and further information coming soon.

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

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