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Knowledge Makes Change April 2020

Jersey news

Making it REAL and A REAL Approach to Early Mathematics Projects

The safety, health and well-being of children, families and teachers/practitioners is, as always, our first and foremost priority; so as you will all be aware all Making it REAL and A REAL Approach to Early Mathematics projects have been paused due to the current Covid 19 situation. NCB have been thinking about ways in which children who are part of projects can be supported remotely throughout this difficult period. We will shortly be sending some resources and ideas to Teachers and Practitioners. If anyone is already providing any REAL specific (literacy or maths) remote support we would be really pleased to hear about it. Please email Gill Holden at NCB

To ensure we can measure the impact of the projects effectively, taking into account the effect of Covid 19 Kate Elston (JCCT) has sent all teachers and practitioners a data collection spreadsheet. The deadline to return this is 24th April . Huge thanks in anticipation of your support with this.

Thanks to everyone who has returned project paperwork (parent agreement, setting record form, pre child observation form) to Kate at JCCT. We are still waiting for some paperwork from the October 19 cohort (deadline was December) and for the February 20 cohort (deadline was March). If you haven’t yet submitted please do so asap, without the paperwork we are unable to measure the impact of all the wonderful work you are doing.

Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

The 10th KMC Seminar was planned for Thursday 11th June, due to Covid 19 we are exploring ways in which we can deliver this seminar virtually via a webinar.

Further details to follow.


The following training sessions have been postponed:-

  • Sharing REAL with Parents – Training for Trainers (19th & 20th May)
  • Sharing Real with Parents (23rd June)Both sessions will be re-arranged as soon as we know when the current situation will end. Scheduled training:-
  • Making it REAL (early literacy) – Training for Trainers – 24th & 25th September
  • Making it REAL – 15th & 16th October
  • REAL approach to early Mathematics – Spring 21
  •  If you are interested in any of these (including the postponed sessions) please contact Kate at JCCT – and Families Hub – help and support for children and families in JerseyThe new Children and Families Hub opened on 23 March 2020 after Children’s Minister, Senator Sam Mézec brought forward the planned launch. In light of the closure of schools and colleges to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, it is recognised that some children will be more vulnerable during this period and some families will need more support. The Hub will provide a single point of contact and referral for children, young people and families who require additional support to ensure they are appropriately safeguarded and protected. The Hub aims to streamline some of the current processes and bring the right support to children and families at the right time. Contact details for the Hub are:E: childrenandfamilieshub@gov.jeService users can also contact the Children and Families Hub by completing an online request for advice form.Practitioners are able to submit a referral for a child, young person or family by completing the online Practitioner’s Request FormThe work of the Hub is supported by the Jersey’s Children First Practice Framework and is part of the current effort to increase provision of Early Help support to the Island’s children, young people and families, known as the Right Help Right Time programme. The Government of Jersey website provides updates on the work of the new Hub. You can view the latest one here.    Family Nursing and Home Care offer virtual Child Health Clinics for parentsFamily Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) have created a virtual Child Health Clinic to replace the health clinics which parents would normally visit, which are run by the Organisation’s Health Visitors, and provide advice and reassurance for parents in Jersey. From Monday 20 April 2020, parents and carers who would normally access the Child Health Clinics run across the Island, can instead call or email a Health Visitor for advice, despite the ongoing situation with Coronavirus.
  • Like the health clinics, the phone line and email will be able to provide advice on:
  • You can call the Children and Families Hub for support or safeguarding concerns on 519000.
  • In April, the Government launched a safeguarding campaign to keep children, adults and families safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. There is a concern that children, and especially vulnerable children and adults, may become an even greater cause for concern during the Stay At Home period as invisibility increases vulnerability. The new See It, Hear It, Report It campaign has been launched by the Departments for Children, Young People Education and Skills and Justice and Home Affairs, with support across the whole of Government and the States of Jersey Police, to encourage Islanders to work together to keep everyone at heightened risk safe and in sight. The campaign highlights that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, encouraging Islanders to be our “eyes and ears” in the community and report any safeguarding concerns. The campaign also promotes the support available to children, young people, families and adults.
  • New safeguarding campaign – ‘See It, Hear It, Report It’
  • T: Helpline 01534 519000 – Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
  • child growth and development
  • nutrition and feeding including breastfeeding
  • support and helpful links for parenting
  • sleep routines
  • a fretful or unsettled baby
  • toilet training
  • behaviour management
  • health information such as Immunisations
  • any concerns a parent may have regarding their child or themselves
  • parent and infant mental and emotional well-being including postnatal depression

The clinics will focus upon the age range birth to five years but may be able to signpost to other services for older children too.

During this period, the FNHC health visitors can be contacted on telephone 01534 443674 or email at

The times of the phoneline for the Child Health Clinics are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Michelle Cumming, Operational Lead for Child and Family Services at FNHC, stressed that this offer does not replace the essential work being undertaken by The Child and Family Hub or the need to contact the Covid 19 helpline on 445566 where necessary. More details about the Child and Family Hub and the Coronavirus helpline can be found on

Children’s Commissioner for Jersey – Resources

The Children’s Commissioner for Jersey has produced a message for the Island’s children and young people about the decision to lockdown. The Commissioner’s website also has some new resources available for children. These include:

  • Child-friendly explanations on coronavirus information in English, Polskie and Português;
  • Stuck-at-home kits;
  • Easy read social distancing pictures;
  • Nurse Dotty explains coronavirus picture book.

Jersey introduces new law to ban smacking of children

Jersey has introduced a smacking ban which will come into force on Friday 24 April after The Royal Court of Jersey officially registered the Children and Education (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 2020. It follows approval by the States Assembly on 12 December last year and the Privy Council this month. The new law means that children now have the same legal protection as adults from assault, so that smacking, hitting or slapping a child is not permitted in any circumstances. Children’s Minister Senator Sam Mézec said it was a historic day for Jersey and would stop parents, carers or legal guardians using physical violence as punishment of children.

The Government is launching a public awareness campaign called Stop Smacking Seek Support to ensure that parents and carers can find the support they need to approach children’s behaviour without resorting to smacking.

There are several different agencies and professionals in Jersey where parents and carers can seek support, including:

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts

Video lessons and resources from Oak National Academy

The Oak National Academy is providing weekly video lessons and curricular resources for children from Reception onwards. The scheme, which has been set up by teachers and funded by the Department of Education, is free to use and has been designed to be accessible on any device including mobile. There are no sign-up or logins required.

BBC Bitesize curriculum-based learning service

The BBC has started a Bitesize Daily Service, which is offering 14 weeks of curriculum-based for children aged five to 14. There is also a BBC Daily Online website, plus podcasts on BBC Sounds and programmes on BBC Four.

Teaching resources – free downloads

Early Years Resources, a supplier of educational resources and educational supplies to schools and the early years sector, has some free downloadable resources on its website. Registration is required to access the resources.

Resources to support outdoor learning

Learning through Landscapes (LtL) have launched a Facebook group for educators on outdoor learning. LtL aim to provide Webinars, lesson ideas and resources for outdoor learning and play through the virtual forum.

Free courses from the Open University

The Open University (OU) has a number of free courses available relating to early childhood education and child development. The Education and Development section provides a range of courses each specifying the level – introductory, intermediate and advanced – and how many hours are involved. Courses include:

  • Attachment in the early years;
  • The family at the centre of early learning;
  • Early years team work and leadership;
  • Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces;
  • Early development;
  • Play, learning and the brain;
  • The role of play in children’s learning;
  • Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people.

Maximising breastmilk and re-lactation guidance: Unicef

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative have produced a quick reference guide for health professionals on supporting mothers to maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to give or to re-lactate if they have stopped breastfeeding and wish to re-start.

Published 23 March 2020

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 Best Start Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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