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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – December 2017

KMC Seminar 1st March 2018

Date:                           1st March 2018                                                6.30 – 8.30pm

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

The fifth evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series will take place on 1st March, focussing on SEND and with an introduction from the Parent Carer Forum.  Brian Lamb will be leading the seminar, talking about why parental engagement is crucial to ensure that services are shaped to meet needs and how parental involvement at school can enhance progress and ensure better outcomes for children.

The Parent Carer Forum is an independent group that has been developed with and for parents and carers who have children and young people with special needs.  The group aims to use parents’ knowledge, expertise and experience to help plan and improve the services that are used by children and young people with special needs in Jersey.

The Knowledge Makes Change seminar is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families.   Put the date in your diaries now and look out for the booking link in a future issue of the KMC newsletter.


Parents as REAL Volunteers

This is a free course for parents who are currently volunteering, or who are thinking of volunteering, in nursery or school.

This series of workshops is suitable for parents interested in learning more about their own children’s early literacy development, finding out about Making it REAL, supporting a local project or getting involved as a volunteer.  The workshops are also helpful for practitioners who want to look at the REAL approach in more depth, get activity ideas and gain insight into parents’ perspectives.

The course is delivered over four, three-hour workshops as an endorsed National Open College Network programme with a possibility of accreditation routes.   The course is taking place on Monday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March from 9.30 till 1.30 at Jersey Library. Please contact Kate at the Jersey Child Care Trust on 629901 or e-mail to book a place or to find out more.  If any practitioners know of a parent who might be interested in this course, please pass on Kate’s details.


A Magical Event: Turning Ideas into Opportunities


This Early Years Childhood Partnership (EYCP) event took place on Monday 20th November and brought together anyone with an interest in making Jersey the best possible place for children to grow up.   Dr Cathy Hamer has written this report on the event:

‘It is hard to believe that more than two weeks have flown by since our magical event. I would like to thank all the attendees for your energy, enthusiasm and promises to the partnership.

We were very lucky to be joined by local Jersey artist, Lauren Radley whose art work was indeed magical! I’m pleased to let you know that Lauren is currently working on a poster to reflect the day and a set of postcards to represent the values and commitments of the partnership. As a ‘thank you’ we will be sending all attendees a set of the postcards later this month.

Another thank you to everyone for completing and sharing the EYCP survey. The 170 responses have provided us with an amazing resource to shape our work and build the priorities moving forward.’

A full report from the event will be shared with the EYCP strategic group on 4th January and then made available both via e-mail and on our website.


NSPCC Baby Steps programme

Family Nursing & Home Care, the NSPCC and the States of Jersey will work together to transition the NSPCC’s award-winning ‘Baby Steps’ programme over to Family Nursing & Home Care by the end of 2018. The programme, which is currently only offered to a targeted audience, will be offered to all expectant and new parents in Jersey.  The ‘Baby Steps’ educational programme aims to provide parents with knowledge to prepare them for parenthood, helping them to feel more confident and supported. Parents will be better equipped to provide sensitive and responsive care to their babies which, evidence suggests, will provide better long term outcomes for their child.

Michelle Cumming, Operational Lead for Child and Family Services at FNHC, said that extending the service to support more new parents was a positive opportunity for families, as well as for FNHC. ‘We know that early support, advice and information has a positive impact for parents and on children’s health and developmental outcomes. FNHC will expand the ‘Baby Steps’ programme further to ensure it continues to bring significant benefits to more children and families in the Island.’ For more information about the Baby Steps programme please click on the title link.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



Alongside the evidence base for Making it REAL, we are pleased to share some findings from research about other home-learning approaches and programmes:

Evaluation of the PEN Home Learning Project

This report by the University of Oxford looks at whether engaging the parents of disadvantaged children in the early years can influence the home learning environment, parental support for learning and children’s attainment. It highlights the findings of a small-scale randomised control trial in which school staff were trained to engage parents in a Home Learning Project developed by the Parental Engagement Network (a not-for-profit social enterprise) involving workshops and activities to do at home. PEN was one of five organisations supported through the Parental Engagement Fund which was set up by the Sutton Trust working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The trial found that the programme positively influenced parental behaviour at home, with parents reporting an increase in the learning activities they did with their children. Schools also reported that the programme developed the skills and confidence of staff to engage parents and that it was easily embedded within schools.  The Parental Engagement Fund has also funded work carried out by NCB in Oldham.


Peep Learning Together Programme


Peeple is an organisation working to improve the life chances of children. It trains practitioners to support parents with their child’s learning and development through delivering the Peep Learning Together Programme.  The programme is based on research which tells us that the quality of the home learning environment, family relationships and pre-school provision are key to improving life chances and improving educational outcomes. The Peep Learning Together Programme values and extends what parents or carers already do and uses the ORIM framework (developed by Professors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon as part of the REAL approach) to help strengthen adult-child relationships, building children’s self-esteem and emotional self-regulation. Five independent studies by Warwick & Oxford universities show that the Peep Learning Together Programme engages isolated families, increases parents awareness of their child’s development and how to foster it, helps children develop strong foundations for literacy and self-esteem and helps practitioners to develop fresh skills which allow a focus on potential. Queens University Belfast is currently undertaking a Randomised Control Trial of the Peeple Learning Together Study, in which practitioners are trained to deliver the Peep Learning Together programme. This is supported by the Education Endowment Fund.



Publication of Early Years Menus

This series of example menus and associated guidance has been developed by the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Public Health England to support early years settings (such as nurseries and childminders) to offer food and drink in line with current government dietary recommendations for infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years. The documents include example menus and useful information for early years settings to help show how they can meet the Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirement to provide ‘healthy, balanced and nutritious’ meals for children.  Accompanying infographics are available. The menus were written by the Children’s Food Trust with the help of a group from the children’s sector, including a member of staff from NCB Early Childhood Unit.

Remember that Caring Cooks of Jersey will be hosting the island’s first Food Education Conference on 1st March 2018. The conference will take place at Highlands College and feature inspirational speakers from the UK and Jersey.  Please click on the Eventbrite link to book your place now.


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 in Jersey.

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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