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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – February 2017

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



The Early Childhood Unit and Council for Disabled Children are delighted to launch Listening to Young Disabled Children.  The leaflet includes inspiring examples of listening practice and significant updates on policy following the Children and Families Act, 2014.

Listening to Young Disabled Children is one of eight in the Listening as a Way of Life leaflet series and is a must-read for all those working directly with young children and their families.  Click here to find out more and to download a free copy.


Reports published by the SEED study

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major new longitudinal study which will follow 6,000 two-year-olds from across England through to the end of KS1. It will find out how childcare and early education can help to give children the best start in life and what is important for high quality provision.  To see all the reports published by the study, please click on the title link.

The SEED study of Good Practice in Early Education explores how high quality early years settings describe, establish and sustain good practice that has the potential to improve child outcomes.  Sixteen case studies were carried out across England in early years settings that were assessed as having ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ quality ratings as part of the wider SEED project.

In identifying features of good practice the following cross-cutting themes emerged:

  • Tailoring practice to the needs of the children: underpinning good practice was an ethos that placed the child at the centre.
  • Skilled and experienced staff: a skilled workforce of qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff underpinned the practices that supported children to reach their full potential.
  • An open and reflective culture: this was thought to drive continuous improvement; create a positive working environment and encourage sharing of good practice to increase the quality of the early years sector as a whole.

Published January 2017



First Aid for Choking

The St John Ambulance website includes an instructional video demonstrating the steps to take in the event of a child choking.  Can the child speak, cry, cough or breathe? If not, they could be choking:

  1. Cough it out: encourage them to cough it out.
  2. Slap it out: If coughing doesn’t work help the child bend forward and use the heel of your hand to give up to five sharp back blows between their shoulder blades.
  3. Squeeze it out: If the back blows don’t work, give the child up to five abdominal thrusts.

If they are still choking call 999 for an ambulance, then continue to repeat step 2 and step 3. For full instructions and to watch the video please click on the title link.

Free online First Aid training

Futurelearn are offering a free online course in First Aid for Babies and Children, delivered by the Red Cross.  This four-hour online course takes place over two weeks and is suitable for parents, family members and practitioners.  Participants will learn 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 the course begins on 22nd May.

If you are interested in face-to-face training on Jersey, St John Ambulance offer Baby and Child Essential First Aid courses for parents and members of the public, along with training courses for the workplace. A guide to emergency and out of hours services is available on the Jersey Health and Wellbeing website.


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

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