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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – May 2019

Knowledge Makes Change


Knowledge Makes Change (KMC) is designed to share key information about early years developments in Jersey and up-to-date research and practice from the UK and international contexts.  Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.

This newsletter is for practitioners, parents and anyone who is working with young children and their families in Jersey. If you are aware of someone who would like to receive the KMC newsletter and who does not currently do so, please ask them to email to be added to the mailing list.

Jersey news

How has Neil Griffith’s Seminar on Stories Can be Counted on changed your practice?

Thank you to everyone who attended the 8th Knowledge Makes Change seminar on 21st March. We hope the session, hosted by Neil Griffiths who discussed using stories to teach Maths in your setting, was enjoyable and useful for your practice.

As part of our ongoing evaluation of the KMC seminars and to ensure they provide content which is useful for you and your professional development, we have written a short 5-10 minute survey to see how you have you used the lessons from Neil’s seminar in your setting.

Please complete the survey online here:

It will be open until midnight on Friday 31st May 2019.

If you want to watch Neil’s presentation or download the slides from the evening they are available from NCB’s website.


Child Accident Prevention Jersey – New Safety Poster

Child Accident Prevention Jersey have recently produced a poster entitled:

“What’s In Your Bag”.

Child Accident Prevention developed this initiative after recognising that a number of young children were being seen at the local Emergency Department following contact with or ingestion of potentially dangerous and harmful substances, substances that many of us carry with us on a daily basis. We often carry nappy sacks in a baby’s changing bag and these can cause suffocation, vaping liquids are poisonous and medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen could be fatal if taken by a young child. Key fobs contain button batteries and cigarette lighters burn!

The poster is designed to remind us all, whether we are parents, carers or concerned adults who want to ensure that children are kept safe from harm, that we need to remain vigilant about the items we allow children to have access to and to supervise young children.

The poster is available in English, Polish and Portuguese.


Best Start partnership

This illustration from the Best Start partnership clearly shows what giving every child the best start in life in Jersey looks like.

Domestic Abuse Strategy launched

The Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board (JSPB) have launched their Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2019-2022.

The JSPB have worked with Safelives (a UK national charity) and local partners to develop the strategy and action plan by working together to protect the community from domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a complex and challenging issue which can wreck lives and devastate families. The strategy aims over the next three years to keep more Islanders safe through three strands of work focused on prevention, protection and provision.

The strategy recognises the significant impact upon a child of living with domestic abuse and details the measures that need to be taken to protect and support children. It states:

A key focus of this strategy is that all adults who work with children, including parents themselves, need the awareness and skills to recognise and meet the needs of children exposed to violence in the home, and to be able to refer to the appropriate service when required. Practitioners need the professional confidence to act on behalf of children.”

The strategy contains an action plan detailing the objectives and actions relating to the three aims of prevention, protection and provision.

You can download the Domestic Abuse Strategy here.

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


New language skills resources from the National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust has launched Small Talk – a project aimed at helping parents boost their child’s language skills at home. The project will help parents to embed chat, play and read activities into their daily routines through resources on a new website featuring simple and engaging videos, advice and information.


WHO Study on Breastfeeding and Obesity

A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 16 countries across Europe has found that breastfeeding can cut the chances of a child becoming obese by up to 25%. In absolute terms, 16.8% of children who were never breastfed were obese, compared with 13.2% who had been breastfed at some time and 9.3% of children breastfed for six months or more. After adjustment for demographics, children who were never breastfed were 22% more likely to be obese and those who had been breastfed for less than six months were 12% more likely to be obese than children who were breastfed for six months. The protection for children who were exclusively breastfed for six months – with no formula or weaning foods involved – was even higher, at 25%. The data came from nearly 30,000 children monitored as part of the WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance initiative (Cosi).

The WHO paper, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, is published in the journal Obesity Facts. The paper is available as a free download.


Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (IMHCF) for practitioners

The Association for Infant Mental Health (UK) and The International Training School in Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) have produced a new competencies framework for all those working with children from 0-2.

The Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (IMHCF) aims to help practitioners, including health visitors and nursery workers, identify whether they have acquired the range of skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with parent/s/caregivers and babies at their practice level, and identify gaps and areas in which further training is needed.

The IMHCF lists a number of competencies over three levels. The three levels distinguish between (1) general knowledge and skills, (2) advanced knowledge and skills, and (3) the knowledge and skills required to supervise and manage.

You can view and download the IMHCF documents at this link.


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 theStates 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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