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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – November 2018

KMC Seminar Feedback Report


Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey to give feedback on the Knowledge Makes Change Seminars held so far. It’s really great to see how much they are valued and the different ways you’ve used them as inspiration to change things  in your own settings.

The report of the feedback is now available online.


Baby Steps parent education programme sees successful handover to FNHC

Family Nursing and Homecare (FNHC) are celebrating the successful handover of the Baby Steps parent education programme by NSPCC. This intervention has run as a targeted programme for a four year period and has been recognised nationally for its achievements in supporting parents at this critical and special time in their lives.

The aim of the handover to FNHC is to broaden the offer of this programme to more parents on the island. Baby Steps is offered from around twenty weeks of pregnancy, to both parents, and spans a five month period with the opportunity to attend nine sessions, six of which are antenatal and three following the birth of the baby. The aims are to support new parents learn more about caring for their new baby, reduce the stress that often occurs whilst caring for a new-born and improve the lives of their babies by better  understanding of their health, development and emotional needs.

Parents can be signposted and given more information by their midwife or GP.

The team for Baby Steps include health visitors, midwives as well as Baby Steps Facilitators and they deliver sessions at venues in town as well as east and west of the island for ease of access.

The Baby Steps Programme is being commissioned and funded by the States of Jersey who recognise the importance of anti-natal and early years support and education. FNHC actively seek feedback from clients throughout their experience and this helps to shape progress moving forwards.

In order to celebrate the successful handover to FNHC and acknowledge the learning shared in this important collaboration then there is a launch event 30th November at Pathways.  Parents and potential parents who are interested to learn more about  the Baby Steps programme and would consider attendance, are invited to come along and meet the team in the afternoon. For further information please contact Michelle Cumming (FNHC) on:


States Members sign Pledge to Children and Young People

States Members have joined Ministers and senior officials in signing the Pledge to Jersey’s Children and Young People. Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré and Children’s Minister Senator Sam Mézec launched the Pledge in September, which will hold the government, legislators and the public service to account for improving safeguarding and care and upholding the rights of every child in the island.  So far, 42 States Members, including the Council of Ministers and all Senators, and 11 senior leaders of the public service, have signed the Pledge. The Pledge will now be rolled out as an island-wide campaign in the community for businesses, schools and anyone who works with children to sign and show their commitment to ‘Put Children First’.


Giving Children the Best Start – An invitation from the EYCP

The Early Years and Childhood Partnership are delighted to invite you to their annual event on Wednesday 21st November at St Paul’s Centre.

Following the Festival of Ideas in 2016 and the Magical event: Turning ideas into opportunities in 2017, this year’s event is the launch of Best Start in life for children in Jersey.  Do come and find out more and share your thinking about how this can be achieved.

Places can be booked at the following link for either at the afternoon (1 – 3.30pm) or evening (6 – 8.30pm) session.


Launch of Children with Disabilities Register

The States of Jersey is inviting children with disabilities and their families to sign up to a new Children with Disabilities Register.

The register is for any child or young person under 18 with special needs arising from a disability or enduring health condition.  It will be used to share information about services and support in Jersey and to give disabled children and their families the opportunity to be involved in future consultations about existing or new services.

Signing up to the register is voluntary. Families who sign up will receive:

  • a newsletter three times a year telling them about support groups, benefits, activities and other useful information
  • a Max Card which can give discounts, front of queue access and other benefitsThe Max Card benefits for Jersey are still being developed, but local families can use their card when they go on holiday to the UK. Local businesses who are interested in providing a discount or benefit to help families with a disabled child are asked to contact Nikki Holmes at the Child Development and Therapy Centre on +44(0)1534 443759. The benefit could be anything from a free cup of tea to ‘front of queue’ access or discounted entry.

Parents or carers who would like to register their child on the Children with Disabilities Register can download an application form online. Forms are also available at the Child Development Centre Reception at Overdale or can be requested by calling +44(0)1534 444817.



Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


New resources from LuCiD on shared reading activities

LuCiD  (the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development) has produced  range of new resources aimed at parents, caregivers and early years practitioners to help support families with shared reading activities. The resources are free to access on the LuCiD website.

Download the shared reading resources.


ESOL Stepping Stones mother and baby course: free e-learning materials from LuCiD

ESOL Stepping Stones is an innovative new ESOL course for non-English speaking mothers and their babies that has been developed by LuCiD (the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development) at the University of Manchester. The 12 week course delivers functional language skills in combination with health and parenting information in a ‘stay and play’ format, i.e. mothers bring their baby with them. Each session focuses on one particular aspect of family daily life such as health, housing, or shopping, and consists of infant-centred activities and informal language instruction.

The materials are available as free downloads for use in your setting. They consist of a Course Guide, a Flip Book for use with a laptop, Flash Cards and a Mum’s Book. If you would prefer hard copies please get in touch with the project team. There will be free e-training for facilitators available soon through the LuCiD website.

Download the ESOL Stepping Stones resources.


LuCiD survey about tools for assessing language development in early years settings

LuCiD  (the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development) is currently running a project looking at the tools used in early years settings to monitor children’s language and communication development. LuCiD have designed a short questionnaire which asks about the tools and methods people are using. The aim of this research is to identify and evaluate existing tools, and ultimately, to see if their efficacy can be improved. Practitioners are invited to take part in the questionnaire.

Take part if the survey here.


Children, food and eating in the early years, and the role preschools can play: TACTYC paper

TACTYC (The Association for Professional Development in Early Years) has published a new occasional paper  – Big, strong and healthy? Children, food and eating in the early years, and the role preschools can play: Occasional paper 11.

The paper draws on interdisciplinary research to examine children’s food choices and the influence of parents, caregivers, educators and others. The paper also looks at children’s          early learning about food and food brands. Throughout, the author recommends how early years educators can support children’s and families’ learning, health and wellbeing.

Download the Occasional paper as a pdf.


Intention or attention before pointing: do infants’ early holdout gestures reflect evidence of a declarative motive?: journal article


Gestures are the first signs of intentional communication within prelinguistic infants and can reflect various motives, including a declarative motive to share attention and interest. The ability to use gestures declaratively has been linked to later language development; therefore, it is important to understand the origins of this motive. Previous research has focused on the use of declarative pointing at around 12 months; however, other potential forms of declarative communication, such as holdout gestures, are yet to be studied in detail. The purpose of this study was to examine whether from 10 months, infants use holdouts declaratively. The researchers elicited holdouts from 36 infants and then reacted to these gestures in four different conditions: (1) joint attention: shared interest; (2) infant attention: attended to infant; (3) toy attention: attended to toy; (4) ignore: gesture was not attended to. Infants’ behavioural responses were recorded. When the experimenter engaged in joint attention, infants were significantly more likely to display a positive attitude and produced fewer re‐engagement attempts. In contrast, the three non‐joint attention conditions displayed significantly higher negative attitudes and attempts to re‐engage the experimenter. The researchers conclude that infants display declarative communication prior to 12 months, resetting the age at which these more complex skills emerge.


This article is available as a free pdf download from the Wiley Online website.

[Full citation: Intention or attention before pointing: do infants’ early holdout gestures reflect evidence of a declarative motive? Laura Boundy, Thea Cameron‐Faulkner, Anna Theakston, Online First: 10 October 2018, Infancy, published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of International Congress of Infant Studies].



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