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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – April 2017

Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

Save the date:           Tuesday 20th June 2017      6.30 – 8.30 pm

Venue:                        St Pauls Centre, St Pauls Gate, Dumaresq Street, JE2 3RL

We are pleased to announce the third in a series of Knowledge Makes Change seminars in Jersey. The keynote speaker will be Emeritus Professor Dame Sarah Cowley DBE from Kings College, London, who will share her experience of home visiting and highlight from research the importance of home visiting in supporting young children’s health, wellbeing and early development.  There will also be time for discussion and networking.

This is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families. Please put this date in your diaries and look out for booking information in a future newsletter. If you would like to make an early expression of interest in attending this seminar please email

The Knowledge Makes Change seminar series aims to inspire and be informative on ‘what works’ for young children and their families to ensure the best possible outcomes. Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



International Childcare Comparisons

This report by the Family and Childcare Trust looks at innovative ways in which early years provision and childcare can be delivered, using examples from around the world. The report features ten case-studies and includes:

  • Parent-led childcare cooperatives in Canada
  • Multi-purpose childcare spaces in France
  • Intergenerational childcare provision in Japan.

A blog piece on the research has also been published by the Family and Childcare Trust.  The research was funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, which works internationally with a mission to improve opportunities for young children growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage.  Please see the reports and publications on the Bernard van Leer Foundation website for more details of their research and project work.



Eco-schools resources for early years settings

Liverpool John Moores University has undertaken a project around education for sustainable development, developing an Eco-school framework and pedagogical tool for practitioners around in early years settings.

There are nine Eco themed cards and a poster with an implementation pack for managers and leaders. The education for sustainable development tool covers the prime and specific areas, the characteristics of effective learning, the nine Eco-school themes, place-based learning in the local area and reflective practice.

The researchers value practitioners’ feedback on using the framework and on any ideas or activities that have been undertaken successfully. Please contact to offer feedback.


The University of Sheffield REAL Project website

This website is the home of the Sheffield REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) Project, developed by Professors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon. REAL uses a framework called ‘ORIM’ (Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Model), which is based on the idea that there are four main ways in which parents can help their children’s literacy development. The website provides:

  • Information about the ORIM framework;
  • Examples of using ORIM with families;
  • Ways in which those who work with families can help parents of young children to promote their early literacy development in home and community contexts.

It includes original materials from the project developed in 1997 and work carried out since. The REAL approach and the underpinning ORIM framework have since been used within the NCB ‘Making it REAL’ project work and ‘A REAL approach to Mathematics’ project work.



First Aid for Babies and Children

A reminder that the free Futurelearn ‘First Aid for Babies and Children’ course begins on 22nd May, as described in Knowledge Makes Change Update 6. This four-hour online course is delivered by the Red Cross and is suitable for parents, family members and practitioners.  The course will cover key concepts, like basic care and assessment, and how to carry out first aid on babies, infants and children safely and effectively.  Participants can register now and will be notified when the course begins on 22nd May.


Thank you for reading.

Early Childhood Development Programme

The National Children’s Bureau is leading the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme in Jersey in partnership with States of Jersey, the Jersey Child Care Trust, and the Early Years & Childhood Partnership.  The ECD programme is working to improve outcomes for young children and their families, and will initially focus on actions to address the following:

  • Babies born with a low birthweight
  • Breastfeeding rates
  • Obesity in young children

Early Years and Childhood Partnership news

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.

KMC newsletters are compiled and edited by NCB on behalf of local partners. If you have any questions or comments about KMC, please contact