I am delighted to introduce the first Knowledge Makes Change (KMC) newsletter. This edition focuses on introducing the Early Childhood Development Programme (ECD Programme) and multi-agency news from across the island.
Over the next three years the ECD Programme aims to provide the tools and expertise to build capacity in the early years across, and in partnership with, all services in Jersey, leading to improved outcomes for all children. The programme fits well with our overall vision for all children and young people to grow up in a safe, supportive island community in which they achieve their full potential and lead healthy, happy lives.
The ECD Programme also aligns with the critical prevention and early intervention approach and builds on our 1001 days action plan. We know that physical, social and emotional development in the first three years of a child’s life has a lasting impact throughout the life course. Careful nurturing of development in these early days is critical in supporting infants to build resilience, develop strong relationships and engage in early learning so that all children have the very best start in life.
Dr Helen Miles
States of Jersey
What is the Early Childhood Development Programme?
The ECD Programme is led by National Children’s Bureau in partnership with 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 Boards. The programme started in April 2016 and is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK who we thank greatly for their investment on the island.
The ECD Programme has three current areas of focus and activity for you to know about and get involved in:
- Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) All early years settings are being invited to take part in a fun and engaging literacy programme via a rollout of training that supports practitioners to deliver projects with families. REAL was developed by the University of Sheffield and is underpinned by a sound evidence base. 47 practitioners have already been putting REAL into practice. The next training course is taking place on 15/16 November and is open to early years practitioners – places should be booked with Kate Elston.
- An Early Childhood Outcomes Framework is being co-produced by key local stakeholders using an internationally recognised method called Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA). Over 70 representatives from a wide range of services including education, health and social care have received introductory training on OBA.
- Knowledge Makes Change comprises newsletters providing local updates, profiling latest research and practice from the UK along with International contexts and a series of inspiring and informative seminars.
Through KMC, we will keep you posted on all aspects of the ECD programme as it develops and share examples and learning. If you have any questions about the programme or how to get involved, please email email@example.com.
NCB/Chair ECD Steering Group
Festival of Ideas
Dr Cathy Hamer kick-started her role as the newly appointed chair of the Jersey Early Years and Childhood Partnership (EYCP) with a Festival of Ideas on 6 October. The EYCP brings together the voices of children and families with local representatives from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. The festival goers created a vision for children in Jersey for 2020 and a set of priorities for the future. A next step is for a children’s designer group to work on a logo for the partnership.
Thank you for reading.
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