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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – April 2018

The Early Excellence Interactive Environment is coming to Jersey


The Childcare and Early Years Service (CEYS) Education Department is running a 4-day event to provide training in an Early Excellence Interactive Environment.

Date:               Tuesday 22nd May – Friday 25th May

Venue:             Childcare and Early Years Service (CEYS), Education Department,   Highlands Campus, JE4 8QJ

CEYS will be hosting specific training sessions and drop-ins as per the attached timetable. The event will be held in the Education Committee Room

Booking is required for all training sessions and spaces are limited

Booking is not required for the drop in sessions – all are welcome to attend

If you do not hold a parking permit for the Education Department please report to Reception upon arrival.

All sessions apart from the Drop In’s will begin at the PDC A

To make a booking please e mail


Jersey’s Children First briefing

Jersey’s Children First is an aspirational shared approach to working with children and their families that pulls together services to support children and families where it is needed.  It supports a more seamless transition between Early Help and Children’s Social Work Services. Jersey’s Children First is designed for all those working with children from pre-birth to 19 with emerging or known additional or complex needs/disabilities, including Looked After Children and those in need of protection. Its development has been prompted by the Jersey Care Inquiry and a number of serious case reviews where a desire for a better experience of support for children and families was identified. Sponsored by the Health and Social Services and Education Departments, a multi-agency group, including parent representation, was formed to develop Jersey’s Children First.

This briefing gives more detail about Jersey’s Children First outlining who it is for and why it is needed.

Jersey’s Children First will be launched in July 2018, for implementation from September 2018. 


JSPB-NSPCC PANTS campaign & Helpline Development Project – BOOKING LINK for professionals’ launch

The booking link to the professionals’ launch on 20th April is now working.

Places can be booked via the SPB website –  –  and the event is called ‘Let’s Talk PANTS in Jersey!’

The professionals’ launch (repeated morning and afternoon session) is to be held at St Helier Town Hall where guest speakers from the NSPCC will be speaking about Child Sexual Abuse.  The event is free and open to any professional working with children.


Jersey Child Care Trust: new video

The Jersey Child Care Trust help children with special needs by supporting them to attend mainstream private nurseries. They have produced a new video showing their work in action. The brief video shows 3-year-old Harry at his local nursery.

Watch ‘This is Harry’:


Save the Date – Knowledge Makes Change Seminar 6  – Pedagogy and Play – Thursday 28th June 2018

The 6th evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series will feature Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge, and Barbara Isaacs from Montessori International, discussing the relationship between Play and Pedagogy in Early Years practice.

Dr. David Whitebread recently retired as Acting Director (External Relations) of the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) research centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. He is a developmental psychologist who is widely recognized as a leading international expert in early childhood education. He has taught in early years and primary schools, and has published widely in academic journals, book chapters, and reports, including Developmental Psychology & Early Childhood Education (Sage, 2012) and The importance of play: a report on the value of children’s play with a series of policy recommendations (Toys Industries for Europe, 2012).

Barbara Isaacs has trained and supported training of Montessori Teachers for over 30 years as lecturer and academic director of Montessori Centre International. Her current role is Chief Education Officer at the Montessori St. Nicholas Charity where she is involved with course development and promotion of Montessori education with the UK and internationally. She is a regular contributor to Montessori International Magazine and Teach Early Years. For 15 years Barbara owned and managed a Montessori nursery in Oxfordshire. She is committed to bringing Montessori education to children of the 21st Century whilst standing by the key principles of Montessori pedagogy.

This is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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.

You can book tickets online here:


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


Early Years SEND Resources from NASEN

Nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) have launched a series of free SEND resources designed specifically for the early years education professional.

Resources will include:

  • a number of bitesize, informative training webcasts;
  • Focus on SEND: 9 hours of flexible online CPD;
  • a set of mini guides;
  • face to face training tools that you can utilise in your own setting.

How to access the resources

All of the resources will be available on the Nasen website. Complete the simple registration process, which also entitles each user to a free Nasen bronze membership, you can come back and access the resources any time you like.


Evidence Briefing: How can we encourage parents to take part in programmes to boost their children’s development?

This evidence briefing from the University of Liverpool outlines the most significant barriers to parental participation in programmes to boost child development according to recent research. The researchers also discuss possible solutions.


OECD – free ebook on quality in early childhood education and care

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has just published its latest book in the Starting String series:


Engaging young children: lessons from research about quality in early childhood education and care.

The first years of life lay the foundations for a child’s future development and learning. Many countries have increased their financial support for provision of early childhood education and care (ECEC) over the past years. More recently, the focus of debate has been shifting from expanding access to affordable ECEC to enhancing its quality.  A growing body of research suggests that the magnitude of the benefits for children will depend on the level of quality of early childhood services, with especially strong evidence in the case of disadvantaged children. In light of budgetary constraints, policy makers require the latest knowledge base of the quality dimensions that are most important for ensuring children’s development and early learning. However, current research is often narrow in focus or limited to programme-level or national-level conclusions. This book expands the knowledge base on this topic. It draws lessons from a cross-national literature review and meta-analysis of the relationship between early childhood education and care structure (e.g. child-staff ratios, staff training and qualifications), process quality (i.e. the quality of staff-child interactions and developmental activities), and links to child development and learning.

This report concludes with key insights, as well as avenues for further research.

The report is available to download from the OECD website and there is an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and webinar video.


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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