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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – November 2017

Early Years and Childhood Partnership news


A Magical Event: Turning Ideas into Opportunities – three days to go!

Date:                           Monday 20th November                                1pm and 6pm

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

You are all invited to come along to an event which will engage you in turning ideas into opportunities for children and families in Jersey. The event is open to everyone who has an interest in ensuring Jersey becomes the best place to grow up for children. The focus for the day will be creating a new Early Years strategy, therefore your input on the day will be valuable in creating the way forward for Early Years.  There are still places available so please register as soon as possible by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Early Years Childhood Partnership – Your Voice Matters

The EYCP is asking prospective parents, parents and family members connected with young children three quick questions to help see what their priorities are. It would be brilliant if you could complete this survey and circulate this link as widely as possible:

The deadline to have your say on the future for babies and young children in Jersey has been extended to 30th November.


Making it REAL training opportunities

We have two free training opportunities for practitioners and colleagues who would like to attend Making it REAL training:

30th November & 1st December – A two day Making it REAL training session will be held at The Bridge.  This training is open to all, but we warmly encourage health and social services practitioners who are working with young children to attend this session.  This will also be a good opportunity to attend the Making it REAL training for any early years practitioners who may be new to the programme or who may have missed other sessions. The first day will from 1.30pm – 4.30pm and the second day will run from 9.30am to 4.00pm

2nd December – A one day Making it REAL training session at Gervais Le Gros Centre from 9.30 – 4.00pm.  This Making it REAL training is open to all, but we warmly encourage home based childcarers, such as nannies and childminders, to attend this session.

Please circulate this offer to anyone you think may be interested and ask them to book directly with Kate Elston at


Report from the Knowledge Makes Change Seminar on Bilingualism


On 12 October 2017, 73 delegates gathered together at the St Paul’s Centre for a fascinating evening led by Nabiah Sohail, clinical lead Speech and Language Therapist for the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust.  Nabiah delivered an exciting and interactive session on Supporting Bilingual Families as part of our Jersey programme.

To find out more please see a copy of Nabiah’s presentation online or watch our recording of the evening on NCB’s YouTube channel. Also remember to download a copy of our briefing paper which gives a summary of the research and practice supporting Nabiah’s talk.

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. It forms part of NCB’s work in Jersey and is delivered in partnership with the Jersey Child Care Trust.  Look out for more seminars in spring 2018!


A first Food Education Conference for Jersey!

Date:                           1st March 2018                                  

Venue:                        Concert Hall at Highlands College

With the support of the States of Jersey and Highlands College, Caring Cooks of Jersey are thrilled to be hosting Jersey’s first Food Education Conference on 1st March 2018 at the Concert Hall at Highlands College.

The conference is designed to highlight the fantastic work that is already happening through our Kitchen Garden Project and Let’s Get Cooking Programme, as well as introduce inspirational and expert speakers from the UK and Jersey. Please click on the Eventbrite link to book your place now.

Date for your diary: Child Accident Prevention Event 2018

On 19th July 2018 Child Accident Prevention Jersey will be holding a child-safety event, open to parents, grandparents and any adult caring for or working with children.  The event will take place at Highlands College and will cover important topics such as home safety, preventing drowning, fire safety, child car seat safety, First Aid and playing safe.  Please click on the title link to find out more and to book your place.

Minister visits Breastfeeding Buddies

Minister for Home Affairs Kristina Moore recently met mothers to hear their experiences of breastfeeding. Deputy Moore visited a new mother and her baby at home during a health visit with Family Nursing and Home Care and also joined mothers at a Breastfeeding Buddies group at Communicare.

‘Breastfeeding Buddies is a fantastic group that offers a wonderful support for new mothers to share tips and stories. From speaking to the mothers it appears breastfeeding rates are increasing and attitudes towards breastfeeding in public appear to have improved, which is fantastic and shows that progress in this area has been made, but there is still a lot more to do,’ said Deputy Moore.

There has been a lot of work done on Jersey to encourage breastfeeding.  A multi-agency working group has developed an action plan based on standards set by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative.   More information about the research showing the benefits of breastfeeding and resources to support families can be found on the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative website.

Breastfeeding Buddies runs every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm at Communicare, St Brelade and also on Wednesday from 2pm – 4pm, St. Paul’s Centre, New St, St. Helier. Details of services for new parents on Jersey can be found on the ‘Maternity and Starting a Family’ hub and also on the ‘You and Your New Baby’ website.

Putting Families First Newsletter

Jersey Child Care Trust has just released its latest edition of ‘Putting Families First’ which you can read here. Printed copies are currently being distributed to JCCT supporters across Jersey.


Jersey ‘Super Smiles’ project and home visiting work feature in the international MECSH practice brief

Work carried out in Jersey has featured in the latest international practice brief issued by the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) programme, based in Sydney Australia.  MECSH is a structured program of nurse home-visiting, drawing on the best available evidence on the importance of the early years, children’s health and approaches to supporting families.

The latest MECSH practice brief featured collaborative work carried out between health visitors and the Jersey ‘Super Smiles’ dental charity, in order to promote oral health to families receiving MECSH visits  This included providing toothbrushes and toothpastes at key intervals and offering a dental examination when a child is aged two. For more information about the work of Super Smiles, please visit

Super Smiles’ key messages for healthy teeth are:

  • No sugar between meals;
  • Don’t rush when you brush: two minutes, twice a day;
  • Don’t rinse the magic away: avoid rinsing the toothpaste away after brushing.

Please also see the NHS choices children’s dental health website and a publication from Public Health England for more information on how to support and promote young children’s dental health.

The MECSH practice brief also celebrated Family Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) services on Jersey, including a report from the FNHC conference in September 2017.  The conference welcomed Lynn Kemp, who is an international leader in the field of early childhood interventions and the developer of the MECSH programme.

For your own copy of the MECSH practice brief or more information about MECSH on Jersey please contact

Due to the high volume of Jersey news we will include international research and practice items in the next KMC bulletin.


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 in Jersey.

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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