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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter Oct 19

Knowledge Makes Change

Update 35: 17 October 2019

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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

Making it REAL Training and Project Funding

REAL Training

2 day REAL training took place on 10th & 11th October, at St Paul’s Centre in St Helier. This was attended by 24 (a record number) practitioners. Dr Cathy Hamer delivered the training with co-delivery opportunities for some of the Making it REAL Champions who did a wonderful job and exuded passion and enthusiasm for Making it REAL – well done all!

Each provision participating in the training will be allocated up to £300 funding to enable them to carry out a REAL project with 3 children in the setting. If you are running a project please send your paperwork to Kate at JCCT by 4th November.

Project funding for Providers who already trained in REAL

We are delighted to offer providers who have already participated in Making it REAL training the opportunity to deliver another funded project. We are offering up to £300 per provider to support a project with 3 children in your setting. For more information please contact Kate Elston at JCCT

Festival of Words – REAL Literacy Events on the Beach

Thank you to everyone who made the REAL on the beach event, on Saturday 28th September, such a huge success. It was so lovely to see children and families enjoying all the hard work that had gone into arranging the day and all the events.

Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

Thursday 21st November 2019

 This seminar will be at St Pauls Centre from 6.30 – 8.30.

For the 9th evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change Seminar series our speaker is Jean Gross CBE who will talk on the topic – Closing the Word Gap.

Jean is a popular speaker on children’s issues and the author of a number of best-selling books including ‘Time to Talk’. She was formerly the English government’s Communication Champion for children, responsible for promoting the importance of good language skills.  Recently she chaired the ‘Bercow: Ten Years On’ independent review of services for children with speech, language and communication needs.

Did you know that children remember vocabulary better if they hear it before they sleep? Or that language might best be learned outdoors? In this seminar Jean will explore these and other fascinating facts from the latest research on how language develops.

This event is now fully booked with a waiting list.

You can sign up here to go on the waiting list.

Jersey’s Children First

Jersey’s Children First is the standard practice framework for everyone in Jersey working with children and young people from pre-birth to 25 and their families. Free training is available for everyone working in the public, commercial or voluntary and charity sectors and can be booked via the links below. Should you have any queries, please email

Core Training


Course 1. Introduction to Jersey’s Children First (3 hours)

Suitable for those who work primarily with adults who may be parents/carers or administrators, receptionists, customer advisors/assistants and caretaker or maintenance staff in any agency service or setting that children and young people access.

Click here to see dates and book a place.


Course 2. Jersey’s Children First Essentials (full day or 2×2.5 hour twilight sessions)

Suitable for those who work primarily with children and young people

Click here to book full day or here to book twilight training.

Specialist Courses

(completed after core training)

Course 3. Using and Sharing Chronologies

Mandatory for anyone writing or contributing to a child’s chronology of significant events

Click here to book.

Course 4. Roles and Responsibilities of the Lead Worker

Suitable for anyone who attends Team around the Child or similar multi-agency meetings

Click here to book.


Best Start Partnership

The Best Start partnership, with the support of Alison Goguelin, from the Childcare and Early Years Service, have recently considered the importance of play for children in Jersey. The outcome is the following Best Start partnership position statement:

Overarching statement

Article 31 UNCRC: All children and young people have the right to play and the right to learn as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Our Pledge: Play is our shared responsibility to support, and enable, all of Jersey’s children and young people to access our diverse green spaces and natural landscapes and to empower them to enjoy these spaces for the purpose of playing and learning.

The Justification: Play brings people together, connecting children and young people with their local areas and communities and helping to develop a sense of place and feeling of belonging and inclusion. It provides a wealth of opportunities for inter-generational activity, enhancing cohesion, reducing social isolation, and helping to build inclusive, resilient communities.

The Benefit: And play is fun! And through that fun, it promotes the development of essential skills, helping children and young people to develop compassion and empathy and to build lasting and loving relationships.

Further information is available at



Research and practice from the UK and international contexts

A REAL success for Oldham’s Children

NCB has worked in partnership with Oldham since January 2018 to support delivery of the Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) project in targeted wards – where children have relatively low attainment at the end of reception. Over 250 families took part in thirty schools and participated in a series of eight home visits and literacy events with their teachers across the nursery and reception years.  The results for children demonstrate the impact of the project, highlighting accelerated progress in communication, language and literacy from nursery baseline to the end of reception in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Initial data from the EYFS Profile indicates a 4% increase in the number of children with a good level of development in Oldham.  Parental engagement has been high, 91% of parents participated well in the project and 75% at the highest levels (getting involved in home visits, events and completing tasks between visits).

Published 11 October 2019

Foundation Years launch new look website

The Foundation Years Team have launched a new look to the Foundation Years Website. The updated website includes a simplified design and changes to navigation to help users easily find policy, practice and resources.  The site contains pages on the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, The Hungry Little Minds campaign and information on the Department for Education’s Early Years Social Mobility Programme in addition to all the current and old Early Years Foundation Stage documents.

Published 9 Oct 2019

Men in the Early Years (MITEY)

The MITEY Network have published a series of case studies which aim to encourage more men into the early years sector.

Published 10 Oct 2019

Save the Children – Early Learning Communities Toolkit

Save the Children has published the Early Learning Communities Toolkit which aims to improve early learning outcomes for children living in poverty in the UK. The toolkit provides a step by step process for agencies to work together to improve outcomes and covers determining local priorities, crafting a strategy and implementing a strategy. Save the Children has also published an evidence review that supports the toolkit.

Published 28 August 2019

Brain Development in Children Influenced by Good Experiences.

The Child and Family Blog have published a report that finds that the neurobiology of children subjected to physical abuse demonstrates compatibilities to that of children who have been raised in extreme poverty or neglected. Their research goes on to explore the impact of good experiences in neurodevelopment.

Published 26 September 2019

 SafeTea campaign

PACEY are supporting the SafeTea campaign which is led by Professor Alan Emond from University of Bristol and Professor Alison Kemp from Cardiff University. The national campaign aims to reduce hot drink scalds to young children and promote burns first aid.

It campaign’s material states that “30 babies and toddlers go to hospital with a hot drink burn every day; only 1 in 4 of these children have received the correct first aid before they arrive at the Emergency Department.”

SafeTea launches on 16 October and funs for three months. The website provides free access to a number of resources including videos and printable materials to support the campaign.

Published 15 October

Halloween Safety advice from Child Accident Prevention Trust (capt)

Capt and the Office for Product Safety & Standards have produced a guide to keeping children safe on Halloween. They offer a variety of downloadable resources to share with parents on their website.

Published 17 October

Adverse Childhood Experiences

The Lancet has published an open access article looking at the health consequences and costs associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in Europe and North America. Findings include: the combined annual costs of depression and anxiety attributed to ACEs.

Published 03 September 2019

Screening for Childhood Trauma

Dr Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (San Fransisco) has called for all children to be screened for childhood trauma before entering school. A study on trauma, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences was published in 1998 and specifies 10 categories of stressful or traumatic childhood events, the research sowed tht sustained stress cased biochemical changes in the brain and body and drastically increased the risk of developing mental illness and health problems.

Published 11 October

YouTube clip explaining Adverse Childhood Experiences

This short film, in cartoon format, explains what Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are, how they impact on future health and how children and young people can be supported.

Research highlights the relationship between reading and children’s mental health

Research carried out by the charity BookTrust has concluded that more than a third of parents surveyed worry about their child’s mental health. 90% of the parents agreed that reading together was a useful way of opening up conversations with their child. As part of their annual ‘Time to Read’ campaign, the charity is delivering a copy of Rob Hodgson’s The Cave to school starters.

Published 18 September 2019

Safeguarding in Faith Communities

The NSPCC has released a podcast focusing on what safeguarding means to faith communities and groups. The podcast discusses the important role faith communities play in children and young people’s lives, and covers topics including: why faith groups need to understand their safeguarding responsibilities; the challenges that safeguarding children and young people in faith communities brings; and how faith communities can develop a safeguarding culture that works alongside other cultural beliefs, values and customs.

Published 16 September 2019

 Recognising and Responding to Disclosures of Child Sexual Abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published key messages from research on disclosures of child sexual abuse. Findings include: disclosure is best understood as a process which is influenced by relationships and may extend over a considerable period of time; rates of verbal disclosure are low at the time that abuse occurs; children say they are trying to disclose their abuse when they show signs or act in ways that they hope adults will notice; teachers are the professionals to whom children will most commonly disclose; and certain children may face additional barriers to disclosure.

Safeguarding Resources for Voluntary and Community Groups

NSPCC Learning has published a series of safeguarding resources aimed at the voluntary and community sector in the UK. New resources for the sector include: an introductory guide to safeguarding and child protection; information for charity trustees; information about safeguarding and child protection standards and guidance; and information on working with young volunteers.

Published 7 October 2019

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 Best Start Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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