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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – January 2017

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



‘My Primary School is at the Museum’

This report from King’s College London titled ‘My Primary School is at the Museum’ explored the idea that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for children and their families when a significant portion of their learning takes place in a museum setting.  The project groups included pre-school children and two Reception classes, who took part in extended visits to museum and gallery settings. The report outlines the benefits for museums, schools, children and their families, including:

  • For children: increased confidence as well as improved social and communication skills; greater engagement with and sense of ‘ownership’ of local cultural spaces and places.
  • For museums: a deeper understanding of younger audiences, enabling the development of more relevant, engaging programmes; an extended use of their spaces and collections.
  • Schools and teachers: examples of creative ways in which to deliver the curriculum and confidence using out-of-classroom spaces.

For details of local arts and museum attractions please see details of the Jersey Museum and Merchant’s house and also



Cut grapes in half to avoid choking risk

A medical research study has warned that whole grapes are the third most common cause of death among under-fives who die in food-related choking incidents.  Because of their softness and shape, whole grapes can block the small airway of a young child.

The researchers identified a lack of awareness among parents, carers and health professionals that whole grapes should be cut up before being given to children. Round foods like grapes, as well as cherry tomatoes, should be chopped in half and ideally quartered.

To support parents, a one page flyer ‘Finger Food without the Fear’ is available via the Child Accident Prevention Trust website and Facebook page.



What do women really want? Lessons for breastfeeding promotion and education

This study explored new mothers’ attitudes toward breastfeeding education and promotion, evaluating experiences and examining ideas for change.  The researchers surveyed 1130 mothers, with a baby aged up to two years old, who had planned to breastfeed at birth.

Overall, the findings showed that mothers valued breastfeeding information, but believed that changes needed to be made to current messages. Mothers identified a need to move away from the perception that breastfeeding is ‘best’ (rather than ‘normal’), an emphasis on wider values other than the health benefits of breastfeeding, and a message that ‘every feed matters’, rather than just six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Mothers also highlighted the need for promotion and education to target family members and wider society, all of whom influenced a mother’s decision and ability to breastfeed. Mothers suggested ideas that could be used to increase support, including education for children, TV adverts and using established online sources of breastfeeding information.

For more research around breastfeeding, please see the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative Evidence base and the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative leaflets and posters for parents and practitioners. Midwives and health visitors can provide details of local Jersey breastfeeding support available at baby cafes.  For more information about services for babies and their parents please see the Jersey webpage ‘You and your new baby’.


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.

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