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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – July 2017

Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

Save the date:           Thursday 12th October                                 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue:                        St Pauls Centre, St Pauls Gate, Dumaresq Street, JE2 3RL

The 4th evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series will take place on Thursday 12th October, when Nabiah Sohail, Clinical Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust, will speak about supporting bilingual families.  There will also be time for discussion and networking. Please save the date, and when booking is open we will share further details via the Knowledge Makes Change newsletter and the wider EYCP network.

This is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families.

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. Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.


Festival of Words

The Jersey Festival of Words is happening between 27th September and 1st October 2017. The festival will be welcoming Professor Richard Dawkins, Dame Jenni Murray and Alexander McCall Smith to Jersey.  Events for families include:

  • Lauren Child, the newly-appointed Children’s Laureate and creator of world-renowned children’s characters such as Charlie and Lola, will be speaking at the Jersey Opera House on Saturday 30th
  • The Library will be hosting a Charlie and Lola book-signing and storytime with Heather Burton – date and time to be confirmed.
  • The Library will also be hosting an event on 30th September, which will provide an opportunity for families of young children to explore REAL
  • Early Years practitioners taking part in the Making it REAL programme can book a storyteller (Heather Burton) to deliver a session for families at their setting.

Contact Jane Bravery ( for more information or to express your interest.


Parenting Support

Parenting support services are available at the Bridge Child and Family Centre, St Saviour, Jersey. The centre aims to help mums, dads and carers by providing education, advice and guidance about positive parenting.  Services include a number of parenting courses, currently booking for the autumn term 2017.  The centre also offers a confidential drop-in service fo​r any parents or carers who have questions or who need to talk. The drop-in service is available on a Friday from 9am to 12pm and is led by an experienced, qualified counsellor. ​ Free confidential consultations with a counsellor may be booked by phone on +44 (0) 1534 449481.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. This report presents an overview of early childhood systems and provision as well as trend data and information on recent reforms, across a number of countries.  The report explores issues such as access and governance, equity, financing, curriculum, the teaching workforce and parent engagement. Key findings include:

  • Children who attended early childhood education for at least two years performed on average, better than others at age 15  (PISA 2015 data).
  • In 2015, most OECD countries provided at least a year of early childhood education before starting school, on a universal or near-universal basis.
  • The salary levels of teachers in the pre-primary phase are lower than that of other tertiary-educated workers in most countries.

Published 21 June 2017



Talking to children about tragic events

Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, has a webpage of guidance for parents and practitioners who may need to talk to children about tragic events in the news.  The Childhood Bereavement Network (NCB) has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to children and families affected or distressed by recent major incidents.


Health and Wellbeing

‘Babies in Mind’ course beginning soon on Futurelearn

This is to remind readers that the free online course ‘Babies in Mind: Why the parent’s Mind Matters’ begins on 24 July 2017. This course will explore what the research tells us about the way in which the parent’s emotional and cognitive mind can shape interactions with their baby and the impact of this interaction on the baby’s developing mind.

Participants can register now and will be contacted once the course begins. The course materials are free to access for the duration of the course; extended access and additional features are available for an upgrade fee. Further details can be found here.


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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