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Knowledge Makes Change – May 2023


The Best Start Partnership’s aim is to give every child in Jersey the best start in life.

By sharing your thoughts, through completing this survey, you will be making a significant contribution to the decisions the Partnership makes in how it will support Jersey’s families in 2023.

The findings will be used to inform the design, development and delivery of services and will be available at, where you can find out how the partnership’s work has benefited families in Jersey in 2022.

The survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete and as a thank you for taking part you will be given the option to enter into a prize draw at the end, for the chance of winning £50 Sandpiper vouchers than can be redeemed in any of their stores (retail, gas stations, iQ, clothing and home)

Please share and encourage others to add their views.

Thank you.

Please find below some details of webinars we have booked with ERIC (Home – ERIC). There are four sessions of the initial ‘Healthy Bladder and Bowels’ course and one session of ‘Toileting for Young Children with Additional Needs’ – you will need to have undertaken the initial ‘Healthy Bladder and Bowels’ webinar before you undertake the additional needs one.

As they are webinars, if you find yourself unable to attend on the specific day and time, you will be sent a recording of the presentation to watch at a later time.  (Although you’ll miss out on the live question and answer sessions!).

All sessions are open to anyone working with young childrenin any kind of setting.  Please book your space via the Eventbrite link below and instructions for joining the webinar (via Zoom) will be sent to you directly from ERIC nearer the date.


ERIC – Young Children’s Healthy Bladder and Bowels  11thOctober at 13.00;

ERIC – Young Children’s Healthy Bladder and Bowels  1stNovember at 09.30;

ERIC – Young Children’s Healthy Bladder and Bowels 22nd November at 17.00;

ERIC – Young Children’s Healthy Bladder and Bowels 4thDecember at 09.30;


ERIC – Toileting for Young Children with Additional Needs 6thDecember at 13.00;

Are you experienced working with young children and do you have a passion and interest in additional needs?

If so, an exciting opportunity has come up to work with children and parents within the home as part of the Early Years Inclusion Team. This is a grade 8 civil servant post and there are two posts available. The cut-off date for applications is the 2nd of June.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Cat Farnon on 07797 861233 or apply online:…/JobCareerAdvice/Pages/details.aspx…

News and Research from the UK

As a parent, the words ‘potty-training’ can make you feel hopeful for a world where you aren’t constantly shelling out for nappies (they aren’t cheap!) but can also fill you with dread. How do you actually go from your child using nappies to going to the loo? It can sound like hard work to anyone, let alone a tired parent.

For a start, you might find your parents’ or family members’ experience of potty-training was different from how your friends approach it.

On top of that, potty-training advice for parents from ERIC (the UK’s children’s bladder and bowel charity) has recently been updated based on clinical evidence and research compiled by ERIC and their partners, and it’s now recommended to start the process at a younger age. We feel strongly that this approach reflects good levels of research and evidence, which is why we’re sharing it with you here

A Better Start through improving child development outcomes

Our latest report focuses on the three main child development outcomes: diet and nutrition; social and emotional development; and speech, language, and communication. The report shares learning on how ABS partnerships have supported families while facing challenges such as Covid-19 and cost-of-living increases. It also explore show government policy has developed in relation to early childhood  development.

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