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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – March 2017

Presentation by UNICEF

Open to agencies and organisations who have a child and family focus.

The focus is on plans to introduce the Baby friendly Initiative (BFI) to Jersey and is a programme prioritised locally, in line with the 1001 days Critical Agenda. BFI is based on a global accreditation programme of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships, by working with public services to improve standards of care.

It is the first ever national intervention to have a positive effect on breastfeeding rates in the UK.

It is universal in approach  and designed to reach all families regardless of who they are or where they come from, through an evidence-based, structured programme that is proven to deliver real change for mothers and babies within Maternity, Health Visiting, Neonatal and Early Years services.

Time: 11.00am to 12.00am

Venue: Harvey Besterman Centre, Halliwell Theatre

Date: 5th April 2017

Book via Eventbrite or email


ECERS-3 Training in Jersey

On the 9th and 10th March the Childcare & Early Years Service (CEYS) team welcomed Catherine Phillips from A+ Education to deliver training on ECERS-3. ECERS-3 is the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale tool that pre-school settings currently use to support the self-evaluation of their environment and practice.

Catherine focussed on the importance of staff-child interaction and delegates were encouraged to reflect on the quality and effectiveness of their interactions with children in their settings. Catherine is returning to Jersey next month so that delegates can complete the training. They will have the opportunity to feedback on the impact of the self-evaluation tool and how they have engaged their whole team in the shared approach to build capacity for sustained improvement.

For all information regards the training offer to the States and Private sector please follow the link.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



Closing the attainment gap in Maths: a study of good practice in early years and primary settings

This report was produced by the Fair Education Alliance numeracy group with a focus on highlighting examples of good practice where schools and early years settings were raising mathematics attainment in disadvantaged children.  The researchers found that when primary schools and early years settings have a whole school or setting approach to maths, children’s outcomes are better and in many cases exceed expectations. This can be achieved by:

  • Raising the profile of maths by adapting the environment to focus on numeracy and integrating it into all activities;
  • Focusing on developing the concept of ‘number’;
  • Building confidence in practitioners through focussed continuing professional development.

The report contains ten case studies from schools and ten from early years settings, including nursery schools, children’s centres, nurseries and childminders. To read the report please click on the title link.

Published 27 February 2017


NCB materials to support early mathematics

The NCB report, Making Maths REAL (2014) looks at how parents can use the ORIM framework to support their children’s learning and development in mathematics. It includes resources and ideas for practitioners to use with families and is recommended for anyone who has attended the ‘Making it REAL’ training.  NCB


Health and wellbeing

Handwashing guidance for infection control in early years settings

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidance recommending that all children from pre-school age should be taught when and how to wash and dry their hands.  This is with the intention of preventing the spread of infections and reducing the need for antibiotics. Infection control steps early years settings can take include:

  • Displaying information for parents and carers about managing the symptoms of infection in children;
  • Ensuring there are always good standards of food hygiene;
  • Providing facilities for thoroughly washing and drying hands for children, staff and visitors;
  • Ensuring staff talk to children about when to wash and dry hands g. after using the toilet and before eating;
  • Ensuring staff show children how to wash hands with liquid soap and tepid running water
  • Referring to Public Health England’s guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings for details of how long children should be kept away from early years settings when they have an infection.

Details of how to access Food Hygiene training through Virtual College are available in the Jersey Children’s Workforce Training Directory.


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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