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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – October 2016

Early Childhood Development Programme – Jersey news


Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy)

Making it REAL gives families ideas and practical ways to support their children’s early literacy development, focusing on everyday opportunities at home as well as when families are out and about. REAL enables children and their families to explore key strands of literacy – books, early writing, environmental print and oral language and is underpinned by the ORIM framework. ORIM stands for the first letter of the words Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Model. It is based on the idea that these are the four ways in which parents help their children’s learning.

Practitioners from a wide range of early years settings in Jersey have received Making it REAL training and are now engaging families in REAL home visits and literacy events. Six REAL champions received training on 7 October to support training and projects across Jersey. The REAL champions are raring to go and will be contributing to the next training course taking place on 15 and 16 November – the training is open to early years practitioners and places should be booked with Kate Elston.

Making it REAL training and projects are led by the National Children’s Bureau and build on the learning from the University of Sheffield’s Raising Early Achievement in Literacy project developed by Professors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon.

If you would like to read more about REAL and the research evidence that supports it visit


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


Child outcomes

Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years

A report by the Early Intervention Foundation assesses 75 early intervention programmes aimed at improving child outcomes through positive parent child interactions in the early years. The report focuses on programmes available to UK commissioners, identified through systematic methods, and rates both the evidence and costs of early intervention programmes. The report includes an assessment of the Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) approach.


Childhood obesity strategy launched

The government has issued a childhood obesity strategy, with the intention of reducing England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next ten years. Key measures include: introducing a soft drinks industry levy across the UK, intended to encourage producers to reduce the amount of sugars in soft drinks and to move consumers towards healthier alternatives; investing the revenue from the soft drinks levy in programmes to encourage physical activity and balanced diets for school age children; and encouraging all sectors of the food and drinks industry to voluntarily reduce overall sugar across a range of products. The Early Years Foundation Stage framework will be updated to make specific reference to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines for physical activity in the early years, including active play.


New tool to support understanding of health research

This tool, developed by the University of Glasgow, is a free-to-use resource designed to help readers understand published health research and decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. The tool guides readers through a range of considerations, including who conducted the research, how it was funded, data collection and how to understand statistics.




Sudden unexplained infant deaths or cot deaths

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that sudden unexplained infant deaths of children under the age of one, often known as cot deaths, have reached the lowest level on record in England and Wales. In 2014 there were 128, compared with 165 the previous year and 207 in 2004. Factors which may have contributed to the lower death rate include warmer than average temperatures throughout the year (therefore lower risks of babies overheating under extra blankets or clothing), fewer women smoking at the time of giving birth and greater awareness of safer sleeping practices, such as placing new-born babies on their backs to sleep.

Resources to support families affected by sudden unexplained infant death and to promote safer sleeping practices can be found on the Lullaby Trust website.


Button batteries and risk to children

Button batteries and lithium coin batteries are found in many toys and novelty goods. The Child Accident Prevention Trust has issued materials warning against the serious danger of button batteries to children if they are swallowed or put into the nose or ear. If a button battery becomes stuck in the throat or gullet, chemicals generated due to the energy from the battery may cause internal bleeding and death. Prevention includes:

  • Keeping products with batteries well out of reach if the battery compartment isn’t secured with a screw;
  • Keeping all spare batteries out of children’s reach and sight;
  • Avoiding toys from markets or temporary shops as they may not conform to safety regulations;
  • Teaching older children that button batteries are dangerous and not to play with them or give them to younger brothers and sisters;
  • Recycling used batteries safely.

If it is suspected that a child has swallowed a button battery dial 999 or take them straight to A & E.


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 Early Years and Childhood Partnership and the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board. The programme is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK.

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