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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – May 2017

Early Years and Childhood Partnership news


Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

Save the date:           Tuesday 20th June 2017      6.30 – 8.30 pm

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

We are pleased to announce the third in a series of Knowledge Makes Change seminars in Jersey. The keynote speaker will be Emeritus Professor Dame Sarah Cowley DBE from Kings College, London, who will share her experience of home visiting and highlight from research the importance of home visiting in supporting young children’s health, wellbeing and early development.  There will also be time for discussion and networking.

This is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families.  To attend this seminar please click here. The event has attracted a high level of interest, so please book your place as soon as possible.

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.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



Children’s Policy Research Unit case studies: the cost of raising children with disabilities

The Children’s Policy Research Unit has complied a series of case studies to illustrate how it supports child health policy-making.  NCB facilitates the involvement of children and families in the research.  The first case study is on the theme of Health Economics and attempts to quantify the real cost to families of raising a child who has a disability.  The researchers used data from the Family Resources Survey, which gathers annual information on the income and circumstances of homes across the UK.  Findings included:

  • An additional income of £18 – £25 per week was required to achieve the same living standards as families who were identical in all other respects but without a disabled child.
  • This gap was greatest in families with lower living standards and with more severely disabled children, where £72 – £104 was required to achieve the same living standards as families without a disabled child.
  • Caring for a child with a mental disability costs more than caring for a child with a physical disability. Further research is needed to understand the reasons for this finding.

Published January 2017. Please click here for information about local services for adults and children with disabilities.



‘The Bumblebear’ book to be given to all Reception children

A copy of ‘The Bumblebear’ by Nadia Shireen will be given to all Reception children as part of the Book Trust Time to Read programme. This programme encourages parents and carers of primary school aged children to keep reading with their children – even once they have learned to read by themselves. The book will be delivered inside a special Time to Read package for children to take home, with a message for parents and carers about the importance of shared reading.  Teachers can register for updates about the programme via the Book Trust website.


National Autistic Society ‘Too Much Information’ resources

The National Autistic Society has produced a range of interactive resources in order to raise awareness of the simple changes that people can make to support children and adults on the autism spectrum.  These include:

  • Using clear language: speak clearly and precisely;
  • Avoiding unexpected changes: give a bit of warning if plans are likely to change;
  • Being aware of social anxiety: allow a child or adult to join in as much as they wish;
  • Allowing processing time: give a child or adult time to respond to a question;
  • Avoiding sensory overload: reduce distractions, dim lights or turn down music.

These suggestions are part of the ‘Too Much Information’ campaign, including a film, report and interactive tools that explore what it feels like to experience sensory overload.


Health and Wellbeing

First Steps Nutrition Trust review of commercially produced baby foods in the UK

This report from First Steps Nutrition Trust reviews the range of commercially produced jars and pouches of baby foods in the UK: their ingredients, nutritional value and how they compare to freshly made foods. Key findings include:

  • Almost half of all the baby foods produced by the four biggest manufacturers are marketed as being suitable for babies under the age of 6 months. This is contrary to NHS public health guidance that complementary foods should be introduced at around 6 months of age.
  • There is a predominance of sweet baby foods on the market. Manufacturers use fruit and vegetables to provide sweet flavours, even when the dish appears to be a savoury option.
  • Water is added as an ingredient to many commercial baby foods sold in jars and pouches. The water content of baby foods is not made explicit on all labels, which means that the energy density of the food is likely to be lower than home-made food.

The report includes a series of direct photographic comparisons of commercially produced foods with their home-made equivalents, including cost per portion.  There is also a section for health professionals providing answers to some frequently asked questions about commercially produced baby food products.

For more information about local services for babies and their parents please see the Jersey webpage ‘You and your new baby’.  Midwives and health visitors can provide details of local breastfeeding and infant feeding support available at Baby Cafés.


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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