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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – January 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 seminar will be led by Brian Lamb OBE.  He was the Chair of the Lamb Inquiry into Parental Confidence in SEND, which helped form the basis of the current legislation and SEN Code of Practice in England.  Brian will be 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. Please see the flyer for more information.

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.  Places are filling up fast, so register now on Eventbrite.


Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition is high on the agenda in Jersey and we are pleased to promote the following development opportunities:


HENRY: a Healthy Start in Childcare

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

Time:               9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue:             Education Department (PDC) and Hive, Highlands College

The Childcare and Early Years Service is offering free HENRY training to early years settings in Jersey.  This one-day course builds knowledge and skills for all those working directly with babies and young children.  HENRY training is underpinned by the latest research into the complex factors that protect against, or lead to, obesity.  This course recognises that childcare settings play a vital role in providing a healthy start for young children and enables staff to:

  • Adopt a consistent approach and model a healthy lifestyle to young children in their care;
  • Develop their knowledge about healthy meals, snacks and portion sizes for young children;
  • Understand the value of active play;
  • Manage behaviour and build self-esteem, so that children start school emotionally prepared and ready to learn.

This course provides practical information about nutrition and activity for young children with tools to manage behaviour for physical and emotional well-being.  To find out more about the HENRY approach please click on the title link.

The first phase of HENRY training will be offered to EYFS leaders and setting managers; we will then offer the training to the wider sector including childminders.  To register your place please contact Brenda Confrey or Lisa Cashion on


Jersey Food Education Conference

Dates: 1st March 2018

Time:               9.00am – 2.00pm

Venue:             Concert Hall, Highlands College

With the support of the States of Jersey and Highlands College, Caring Cooks of Jersey are thrilled to be hosting Jersey’s first Food Education Conference on 1st March 2018 at the Concert Hall at Highlands College.

The conference is designed to highlight the fantastic work that is already happening through our Kitchen Garden Project and Let’s Get Cooking Programme, as well as introduce inspirational and expert speakers from the UK and Jersey.  Please click on the Eventbrite link to book your place now.


Related resources: Early Years Menus


In the last issue of the bulletin we publicised the example menus, associated guidance  and infographics developed by the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Public Health England to support early years settings in England.


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.


Developing a Children’s Plan for Jersey

The States of Jersey is developing a Children’s Plan for Jersey in response to recommendation six of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI), following the publication of the Panel’s final report on 3 July 2017. The Children’s Plan will set out four key outcomes for services to work towards, in order to make a positive difference to children’s lives. We will be developing one version of the Children’s Plan in a format that that can be easily accessed and understood by children. We will be presenting the final agreed version of the Children’s Plan to the new Council of Ministers in June 2018.


Family Support Workers appointed

Six Family Support Workers have been recruited by the States of Jersey Education Department to support parents and carers who need advice on a range of challenges. The Family Support Workers have been funded from the money set aside to respond to the recommendations of the Jersey Independent Care Inquiry.

The team can support with parents before birth, with children and teenagers up to and including young people age 19.  The team can assist with a wide range of issues: from disrupted sleep, morning and evening routines and managing behaviour to coping with bereavement, job loss or parents’ separation.

Parents can contact Family Support Workers through their child’s school, nursery or health visitor in the first instance or can contact the team through the Education department on 449399.

Internet safeguarding site for children, parents and professionals

The National Crime Agency ‘Thinkuknow’ programme and website provides information for children, young people, parents and carers about staying safe online and preventing sexual abuse and exploitation.  The site has sections for children aged 5 – 7, 8 – 10, 11 – 13 and age 14 plus, alongside sections for parents, carers and professionals.  For more information about safeguarding in Jersey please visit

Review of Early Childhood Education in Jersey

The Early Years Childhood Partnership (chaired by Dr Cathy Hamer) reviewed the education funded services available to children in the academic year in which they turn four years of age and to identify how services for pre-school children (0 – 5 years) should be structured to ensure the needs of the child and family are best met.

The group reviewed the evidence for what matters in promoting children’s learning and well-being in the early years, the benefits of early investment and an overview of the Jersey context including the early years workforce, capacity, demand and funding.  Three principles for early childhood education in Jersey were developed along with immediate, short and medium term recommendations. The report can be found by clicking on the title link.

CPD Online Short Course: An introduction to speech, language and communication

This free online short course from The Communication Trust offers early years practitioners an opportunity to start learning about children and young people’s speech, language and communication development. It looks at how these skills can be supported in early years settings, and how to spot children and young people who might be struggling to develop these important skills. There is an early years pathway available and the course takes approximately half a day to complete.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


Prevalence and trends in overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence

The Millennium Cohort study follows the lives of around 19,000 children born in the UK in 2000-01. This paper uses analysis of data from a survey of around 10,000 Millennium Cohort Study teenagers.  It focus on overweight and obesity of cohort members, and in particular, looks at prevalence and trends from early childhood (age 3) to age 14.  The study was carried out using both interviewer-administered and self-completion instruments, as well as direct measurements of young people’s physical growth, and assessments of both young people and their parents’ cognitive ability.  Key findings include:

  • Although the same proportion of boys and girls were obese (20%), rates of overweight were slightly higher for girls (16%) than boys (13%).
  • There was a clear link between young people’s weight and their mothers’ level of education. In addition, children who were breastfed as infants, and those whose parents owned their home, had lower odds of being overweight.
  • The researchers also analysed information on children’s height and weight at ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14, to uncover patterns of weight gain across childhood. They found that rates of overweight and obesity increased slightly from ages 3 to 7, but rose significantly at age 11, from 25 per cent to 35 per cent, with this increase being especially strong among boys.

Published 7 December 2017


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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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