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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – June 2018

Reminder: Child Accident Prevention Jersey Safety Event

Date:           Thursday 19th July 2018

Time:           09:15 – 14:45  [09:00  Coffee and Registration]

Venue:        Highlands College, Highlands Lane, St. Saviour, JE1 1HL


The Child Accident Prevention Jersey are organising an interactive day where you will have the opportunity to update your safety knowledge and ensure you have current and accurate advice to pass on to anyone involved in caring for children as well as to the children themselves.  There will be 6 interactive workshops and a final presentation. The event is open to anyone over the age of 16 years including parents and grandparents and those working with or caring for children or young people. Refreshments will be provided. Lunch is not included but will be available from Cafe Connect on campus. Please contact CAP Jersey if you have any mobility issues or will require extra support during your visit.

Tickets range from £15–£20.75 and are available from Eventbrite. For more information please contact Mandy Le Tensorer on 443614 or email


Summer Workshops To Help Parents: Exploring Mindful self-compassion (Fitting your own oxygen mask)

The Education Department’s  Primary Mental Health Team and Jersey Library have joined forces to put on summer workshops for parents this year for the first time. The events during the holidays are designed to help mums, dads and carers to learn new skills that will help with parenting and family life.

The Exploring Mindful self-compassion workshop is free and open to any adult supporting the care of a child/young person. Booking essential.

Most people are more compassionate towards other people than themselves, especially if they are busy parents. However, looking after oneself ultimately helps us to look after others better. This is called ‘self-compassion’ and it is linked with better wellbeing, less depression, less stress and reduced anxiety. The Exploring Mindful self-compassion (Fitting your own oxygen mask) workshop introduces the concept through short exercises and meditations.

The workshops take place at Jersey Library, Halkett Place, St Helier, JE2 4WH. They can be booked online through Eventbrite.


Housing Affordability 2017 report published

The Jersey Housing Affordability Report covers the period between 2002 and 2017 and presents various indicators which are used to measure housing affordability in Jersey. The Jersey Housing Affordability Index (JHAI) is the headline indicator of whether a working household with average (mean) income is able to purchase a property affordably. The latest report found a family earning an average mean net income could only afford a mortgage on an average priced one or two bedroom flat. It found that the average two bedroom house was about six times the average household income and the average three bedroom house was eight times income. The survey found deposits could also prove to be a barrier for families looking to purchase a house.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


Outdoor Classroom Day campaign

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. So that schools can participate on a day that fits with their term times, the UK and Ireland campaign has two dates each year. The next Outdoor Classroom Days are on Thursday 1 November 2018 and Thursday 23 May 2019. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. Find further information and sign up on the website. Resources and ideas will be added throughout the campaign.


Evaluating Interventions – Training Video

 Dr Claire Noble and the Story Starters team at the University of Liverpool have developed a new video explaining the impacts and benefits of evaluating interventions.  It covers how interventions work, why it is important to evaluate interventions and describes a ‘gold standard’ kind of evaluation known as a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT).

Watch the full video or read the transcript of the video.

Promoting a healthier weight for children and families: consistent messaging: resources from Public Health England


Public Health England (PHE) have produced a set of training tools providing evidence-based healthy weight messages for health and social care professionals to give to children, young people and families. These resources are intended to support health and care professionals to be consistent and provide a core set of healthy weight messages throughout the life course.


They consist of:

  • a set of infographics for use in practice which highlight the key evidence-based healthy weight messages for specific age or target groups



PHE have also produced a child obesity video on how to promote a healthier weight.

The target audience for these resources is health and care professionals but they will be accessible to the wider public health workforce.


New EEF guidance on developing literacy skills before school

Preparing for Literacynew guidance published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), reviews the best available research to offer early years professionals practical “do’s and don’ts” to make sure all children start school with the foundations they need to read, write and communicate well. According to the report, around 13 per cent of children in the UK could have undiagnosed eye conditions – like short-sightedness, or astigmatism – that hold back the development of their literacy skills.

The report is urging early years professionals to make sure that all their children with possible eyesight problems are identified, and that settings ensure that children who are given glasses or other treatments use them. It notes that not being able to see well is an unnecessary barrier to making sure that all young children can access high-quality learning experiences at nursery and in reception.

The seven recommendations in the guidance report are each designed to support nurseries and early years settings to provide every child – but particularly those from disadvantaged homes – with a high-quality and well-rounded grounding in early literacy.


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 Early Years and Childhood Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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