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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – February 2017

Early Years and Childhood Partnership news


Knowledge Makes Change Seminar: 1st March 2018

Date:                           1st March 2018

Time:                           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.  The event is now fully booked but you can join a waiting list on Eventbrite.

If you have registered but can no longer attend please email Alison Whitmore on, so that your place can be made available to someone else.


Treasure Baskets

The Childcare and Early Years Service at Highlands is collecting treasure and needs your help! You will find the baskets in our main corridor and we are collecting:

  • Old greetings cards (with the backs removed)
  • Small pieces of fabric
  • Small treasures (sea glass/objects of interest/no plastic)
  • Corks
  • Small cardboard boxes and clean soup pots
  • Natural string and twine
  • Pinecones and pebbles
  • Ribbons, buttons and cotton reels

When we visit schools and settings we will take a bag of treasure to the children to allow them to participate in heuristic play. Teachers and practitioners will also be invited to collect from the baskets when visiting for meetings or training.  We will change our collections termly and update our display boards to share and celebrate the artwork you have helped to create.


Using WellComm to promote language development in the early years


A partnership between the Speech and Language Therapy department and the Childcare and Early Years Service has enabled the WellComm training programme to be offered to early years settings providing for children aged 18-30 months. Fifty-four staff from eight settings attended the training in 2017.

WellComm provides a complete speech and language toolkit that can be used by early years practitioners to screen children aged 6 months to 6 years old. The toolkit also provides practitioners with over 150 bespoke intervention activities to meet individual needs identified through the screening process. The activities can be used during the structured ‘Time to Talk’ language groups and throughout everyday language enrichment activities, woven into the setting’s planning. Activities from WellComm are also shared with parents to try at home.

The next WellComm training session is Thursday 27th February, 6.30 – 8.00pm. For more information, contact Tiffany Newbald on


Parents as REAL Volunteers

We still have places on this 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.


Keeping Children Safe Event 2018

On 19th July 2018 Child Accident Prevention Jersey will be holding a child-safety event, open to parents, grandparents and any adult caring for or working with children.  The event will take place at Highlands College and will cover important topics such as home safety, preventing drowning, fire safety, car-seat safety, First Aid and playing safe.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet local experts in the field of safety and to experience a number of scenarios designed to stimulate thinking about safety and accident prevention.  Please click on the title link to find out more and to book your place.


Other Training and Events

The following events have been listed in previous bulletins.

Jersey Food Education Conference

1st March 2018

Register via Eventbrite

HENRY: a Healthy Start in Childcare

26th and 27th February, 19th and 20th March 2018

Register by emailing


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


Drawing the Future

This report by Education and Employers, TES, the NAHT, UCL Institute of Education and OECD Education and Skills, asked primary school children aged seven to 11 to draw a picture of the job they want to do when they grow up.  Key findings include:

  • Based on results from 13,000 UK primary pupils, the report demonstrates that children’s aspirations are shaped from a young age.
  • The report showed that 36 per cent of children from as young as seven years old, base their career aspirations on people they know. For those who didn’t, 45 per cent stated that TV, film and radio were the biggest factors influencing their choice.
  • Socio-economic background was one of several factors influencing children’s decisions. Gender stereotypes also influenced children’s choices: 34.1% of boys wanted to be professional sports-players and 9.4% wanted to work in social media or gaming, while 18.6% of girls wanted to be teachers.

The survey also revealed that children’s career aspirations have little in common with projected workforce needs – suggesting that despite government interventions, young people aren’t attracted by careers in future growth sectors and those where there are already significant skills gaps.

19 January 2018


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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