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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter July 19

Knowledge Makes Change

Update 33: 11 July 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

Making it REAL and Knowledge Makes Change will be back next term!


NCB are really excited to now be in a position to offer exciting opportunities for further involvement with the REAL project on Jersey.


REAL Training


We are offering fully funded 2 day REAL training on 10th & 11th October. This will be held at St Paul’s Centre in St Helier and will be delivered by Dr Cathy Hamer. Each provision participating in the training will be allocated £300 funding to enable you to carry out a REAL project with 3 children in your setting.


Project funding for Providers who already trained in REAL


We are delighted to offer providers who have already participated in REAL training the opportunity to deliver another funded project. We are offering £300 per provider to support a project with 3 children in your setting.


Knowledge Makes Change Seminar


Planning is well underway for the next KMC seminar. The date and speaker are yet to be confirmed but we are aiming for a November date – watch this space for further details.


Festival of Words


We are looking forward to supporting the Festival of Words which is due to be held in September.



If you would like any further information, would like to book a place on the October training or would like funding for a project please get in touch with Kate Elston at Jersey Childcare Trust by emailing



**Friday 12 July 2019**

Early Years Engagement Day to be hosted by Minister for Education for parents, professionals and providers


The Minister for Education, Senator Tracey Vallois, is hosting an engagement day for parents, professionals and providers of Early Years services, to identify how Early Years policy can be developed to ensure all children have the best start in life. The event is being held in the Royal Hotel, David Place, Jersey, on Friday 12 July. An invited audience will be working together during the morning to identify priorities for future policy development.


Islanders are invited to participate in two open drop-in sessions at the same venue from  2–3.30pm and 6–7.30pm.


Views will be welcome on:

  • how can Early Years services be developed to ensure that all children have the best start?
  • how can the Government support families during the pre-school year and in the year before nursery?
  • what are the opportunities to strengthen early language skills at home and in Early Years settings?




MECSH Practice Brief – June 2019


The Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting (MECSH) is the intensive home visiting, health visitor programme in Jersey delivered by Family Nursing & Home Care. The June Practice Brief is now available. Highlights include:


  • The MECSH Theory of Change resource on p8
  • A list of MECSH Publications on p9
  • A brief summary of the MECSH Groups presentation by Marie Raleigh, Family Nursing & Home Care, at the ECSH-UK London Conference, Jersey on p23.


You can view the June Practice brief here



Family Nursing & Home Care’s Child and family services training event a great success

Child and family services held a MECSH inter island event attended by Guernsey colleagues. The Jersey cohort included HVs, community nursery nurses, FNHC Mental Health Practitioner, CYPES commissioner and CAMHS practitioners for Parent Infant Psychotherapy.

The training event was a huge success and offered a great opportunity to network, share knowledge, experience and ideas about MECSH and the disciplines and services that support it. All of this sees the programme strengthened and move forwards with vision and creativity, forged by effective partnerships.

‘Space Chase’ Summer Reading Challenge


Children are being invited to sign up for free to the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. The challenge this year is Space themed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in 1969 and will begin on Friday 12 July.

To complete the Space Chase challenge, children aged 4-11 need to borrow and read six library books of their choice over the summer months. Children will receive a collector folder when they register for the challenge, where they can collect special stickers along the reading journey. A medal and a certificate will be given to those who complete the challenge by Saturday 7 September. Children can sign up the challenge at the town library, Les Quennevais branch or the Mobile Library.



New Director of Safeguarding role for Jersey


A campaign to recruit a high-profile candidate to help provide the greatest level of safety and protection for children, young people and families, in Jersey, has been launched. A new Director of Safeguarding is being sought to work across the Government of Jersey and help to lead the transformation in children’s outcomes. The role is being announced as part of the Let’s Be Honest international and local recruitment campaign that was launched, in March, in a bid to build a more permanent and highly-skilled workforce of social workers. This new role is being created as part of the Government of Jersey’s objectives to improve the safeguarding of vulnerable children.


To find out more about this opportunity, please visit


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


New website to support children’s physical development and school readiness


A team of Loughborough University academics has launched a new website – Early Movers – that provides practical tips to help early year practitioners and parents feel confident in delivering physical development opportunities to children. Dr Janine Coates, of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) hopes the Early Movers website will help parents and early year practitioners ensure children are ‘school ready’ by providing guidance and activity ideas to aid with the physical development of babies and young children.

The website, which Dr Coates designed alongside early years practitioners, external consultants, Loughborough Campus Nursery and SSEHS academics, provides information on some of the core principles underpinning physical development in children.


It is split into two key sections: Core Skills and Activities. The first section breaks down core skills into categories – such as rolling, balancing and catching – and gives examples of the movements that would be expected to be seen emerging in babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. It aims to provide those looking after children with the tools to help children progress from the building blocks of each core skill to simple and advanced levels. The Activities section is full of creative and fun suggestions for games parents and early years practitioners can initiate with children to develop their core skills. The website also provides a handy glossary that explains technical terms that relate to physical development.


As well as acting as a useful resource, Dr Coates hopes the website will give early year practitioners more confidence as she says many feel they struggle with monitoring and assessing physical development. She also hopes Early Movers will highlight that there will be a great variation in the age at which children acquire the same skills so parents shouldn’t be disheartened if their children are not able to perform the same skills as their peers straight away.



Are the world’s richest countries family friendly? Unicef report


This Unicef report focuses on two key policies: childcare leave for parents and early childhood education and care for preschool children. It reviews these policies in the 41 high- and middle-income countries that are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) or the European Union (EU), using the most recent comparable data on hand. The analysis includes national breastfeeding rates and policies as well as the quality of preschool education, where comparable indicators are available. It excludes other elements of family policy, such as child benefits or birth grants, to limit the scope of the report to issues that concern the work–family balance. According to the report, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data. Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Ireland rank the lowest


You can view and download the full report 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 Best Start Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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