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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – May 2018

REMINDER: Last few places available! – Knowledge Makes Change Seminar 6  – Pedagogy and Play – Thursday 28th June 2018

The 6th evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series will feature Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge, and Barbara Isaacs from Montessori International, discussing the relationship between Play and Pedagogy in Early Years practice.

Dr. David Whitebread recently retired as Acting Director (External Relations) of the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) research centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. He is a developmental psychologist who is widely recognized as a leading international expert in early childhood education. He has taught in early years and primary schools, and has published widely in academic journals, book chapters, and reports, including Developmental Psychology & Early Childhood Education (Sage, 2012) and The importance of play: a report on the value of children’s play with a series of policy recommendations (Toys Industries for Europe, 2012).

Barbara Isaacs has trained and supported training of Montessori Teachers for over 30 years as lecturer and academic director of Montessori Centre International. Her current role is Chief Education Officer at the Montessori St. Nicholas Charity where she is involved with course development and promotion of Montessori education with the UK and internationally. She is a regular contributor to Montessori International Magazine and Teach Early Years. For 15 years Barbara owned and managed a Montessori nursery in Oxfordshire. She is committed to bringing Montessori education to children of the 21st Century whilst standing by the key principles of Montessori pedagogy.

This is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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.

You can book tickets online here:


Evaluating the Early Childhood Development Programme so far

We are pleased to share with you the evaluation of the work delivered over the first 18 months of the Jersey Early Childhood Development Programme, and evaluated by the Centre for Research in Early Childhood.


Please download the evaluation pdf.


This evaluation has looked at each of the programme areas including Knowledge Makes Change, Outcomes Based Accountability and Making it REAL and involved dedicated focus groups with early years practitioners and parents participating across the programme.

Progress so far shows the very positive impact the programme has has achieved and highlights  some key areas of focus for the coming months.


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 team invite you to attend a fun-filled,  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 will cover Home Safety, Drowning Prevention, Fire Safety, Child Car Seat Safety, First Aid and Playing Safe. You will have the opportunity to meet local experts in the field of safety  and to experience a number of scenarios designed to make you think about safety and accident prevention such as:

  • Use a defibrillator
  • Go through a smoke filled corridor
  • Understand beach flags
  • Correctly fit a car seat


There will also be information regarding internet safety and scams.

The day will be facilitated by representatives from local services including SOJ Fire, Headway, St John Ambulance, SOJ Police, Prison! Me No Way!, FNHC and the Bosdet Foundation.

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.

For more information please contact Mandy Le Tensorer on 443614 or email

Tickets range from £15–£20.75 and are available from Eventbrite.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


New research tool to assess musical enrichment in early years

A new study published in the journal, PLOS ONE, and led by academics from Middlesex University London and Goldsmiths University of London presents the development and validation of a new research tool to assess the home musical environment in families with children under the age of five.

Lead author, Dr Nina Politimou from Middlesex University, says the research team developed the Music@Home questionnaire to provide researchers with a systematic instrument to assess the home musical environment from infancy to preschool years. She adds that while an increasing body of research reveals the beneficial effects of formal musical experiences on early cognitive and linguistic development, the majority of studies focus on musical training given in classrooms. However, for most children under five musical experience consists of singing songs, dancing, being exposed to recorded music and playing musical games in the home environment. Capturing the extent to which the home environment of young children is musically enriched provides future possibilities to understand whether this influences the development of, for instance, social or communicative abilities.

A total of 1060 parents of children under five participated in the development and validation of two versions of the Music@Home questionnaire, one for infants and one for preschool children. Both versions consist of different subscales such as: parent initiation of singing/music making, child’s engagement with music and parent’s  beliefs about the importance of music for development. The study also investigates associations between the Music@Home and musical characteristics of parents such as musical training and personal engagement with music.

Dr Fabia Franco from Middlesex added: “Now that we have developed a tool to capture individual differences in the musical home environment, it will be possible to use it to probe possible links to the development of non-musical capacities, such as language, that may benefit from early musical enrichment.”

The authors conclude: “This fine grained measure will provide researchers, for the first time, with the opportunity to quantify the extent to which the home environment of infants and pre-schoolers is musically enriched in specific ways and how this may influence development of non-musical capacities.”

Music@Home: a novel instrument to assess the home musical environment in the early years. Nina Politimou and others. PLOS ONE, Published 11 April 2018.


This article is open access and can be downloaded as a pdf.


Child Safety Week 2018 resources

Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. Child Safety Week 2018 in England will take place between 4th-10th June in the UK. The free resources on the CAPT website are available for anyone to download.

The 2018 Action pack is now available.


Breastfeeding: a mother’s gift, for every child

This report from UNICEF shares new analysis on breastfeeding practices around the world and sets out key recommendations for governments, the private sector, civil society and communities in low-, middle- and high-income countries to increase breastfeeding rates. The report finds that more than 1 in 5 babies in high-income countries are never breastfed, compared to 1 in 25 in low- and middle-income countries.

This report can be downloaded as a pdf.

Published May 2018


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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