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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – February 2019

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Knowledge Makes Change (KMC) is designed to share key information about early years developments in Jersey and up-to-date research and practice from the UK and international contexts.  Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.

This newsletter is for practitioners, parents and anyone who is working with young children and their families in Jersey. If you are aware of someone who would like to receive the KMC newsletter and who does not currently do so, please ask them to email to be added to the mailing list.

Jersey news

Best Start Brunch

27th February at 10am

Salvation Army Bread of Life Café and Bakery

If you’re a parent to be or a parent of a young child and you’re interested in helping Jersey to give every child the Best Start in life then do please come along to find out more about the Best Start Partnership and ways in which parents can be involved.

We would like to hear parents’ views on what is important to them and their children so that this can influence government policy to ensure better outcomes for all children in Jersey.

If you require any further information please contact

Best Start Event report

In November 2018, Best Start held an event on ‘Working in Partnership’ at St Paul’s Centre.

Best Start have produced a report of the event – Working in partnership: The Best Start in life for children in Jersey. You can read the report here.

The report covers:

  • The policy context and background
  • The Best Start Partnership – Prospectus, principles and priorities
  • Best Start: Building strong foundations for children’s futures by supporting all children in Jersey to flourish
  • Best Start Plus: Achieving equity of outcomes for all children
  • Best Start Together: Recognising the strength of children, families and services

working in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for all children

The event was brought together by asking participants to consider 3 key questions to help the partnership to improve outcomes for young children and their families:

1) How might the partnership use the learning from this event, in particular, these stories/ journeys to deliver change?

2) What 3 things are you going to do to make this happen?

3) How will we know if we’ve been successful?

The report shares the responses and sets out how the partnership will consider next steps for action.

There are 4 appendices in the report which offer grids of Best Start Plus – Services, information and facilities and Best Start Plus parents’ journeys – where parents share their experiences of services and support they received.

You’re invited to the next Knowledge Makes Change Seminar – 21st March 2019

This seminar will be at St Pauls Centre held 6.30 – 8.30.

The 8th evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series will feature Neil Griffiths on Counting Stories – Maths & Literacy. Neil Griffiths was a Primary School headteacher for 13 years before taking on the role of director of a National Literacy Project for the Basic Skills Agency where he introduced his original Storysack idea to schools and communities throughout the UK. After six years, Neil began to devote all of his energies to Storysack® and they are now available worldwide and have won many awards. He has created award-winning play resources, written a nursery curriculum, a best-selling resource book on creative play, and imaginative material for the Early Learning Centre. He has developed a scheme for supporting English as an additional language and also finds time to write his own children’s picture books, Neil loves to tell a story and a story time with him is a highly entertaining event as he magically draws his audience into his storyworlds.

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.

Please go to Eventbrite to book your place.

PANTS campaign and Helpline Development Project update

The PANTS campaign, a partnership between the Safeguarding Partnership Board (SPB), Jersey and the NSPCC, was launched successfully in April 2018 and has been extended until July 2019. This is so we can reach even more children and families with our key messages to keep children safe from sexual abuse.

Pantosaurus has become a superstar on the island, making numerous appearances and delighting children with his dance moves! Over 4,000 people watched him help Santa turn on the Christmas lights in Royal Square.

The final stages of the campaign will engage with early years settings, children with additional needs and disabilities, faith communities, foster carers and families where English is not their first language.

The NSPCC Helpline Development Project continues to provide support to Jersey parents, relatives, members of the public or professionals with any worries about a child, no matter how big or small. By working in partnership with the Jersey Online Directory, contacts to the Helpline by phone or online ( can be given Jersey-specific information, advice and guidance. The Helpline number, 0808 800 5000, is free to call from Jersey and people can remain anonymous if they wish.

For more information about PANTS, please visit the NSPCC website.

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts

Look, Say, Sing, Play posters: NSPCC

The NSPCC has launched a new campaign to help parents boost their child’s development. As part of the campaign, NSPCC has produced a leaflet and poster set for professionals working with children.

Parents can find more information and support on the NSPCC website, and sign up for weekly brain-building tips emails.

Safeguarding Children and Protecting Professionals in Early Years Settings

The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) has just published Online Safety Guidance for Practitioners.

The guidance is provided as a resource for staff working in early years settings to help them understand their role in promoting the online safety and wellbeing of children in their care, as well as enabling them to consider their own professional practice.

The guidance highlights a range of resources which can be used by practitioners in early years settings to safeguard children, parents and themselves as professionals online. The document can be read by staff independently as part of developing their own safeguarding knowledge and understanding. It could also be used by managers as part of staff induction or to stimulate a discussion with staff regarding their settings online safety policy and procedures.

New Start4Life campaign launched to support parents in weaning their baby

Public Health England (PHE) has launched its Start4Life campaign to help parents introduce their baby to solid foods.

The new weaning hub has been launched on the Start4Life website to help parents during their weaning journey. The hub provides NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes for different age groups. It also has new videos showing the signs that indicate babies are ready to wean, how much food to give, and weaning tips from other parents.

Play resources

Play Scotland have a useful set of resources on children’s play on their website.

The resources include a Play Types Toolkit for schools and education professionals, and others working with children in various settings, including childcare. The aim is to highlight the range of types of play children experience, their vital contribution to learning and development, and to make integration of play into the curriculum simpler. The play toolkit cover the primary school age range including younger primary age children.

You can download the Toolkit here.

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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