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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – October 2018

Knowledge Makes Change Seminars – Last chance to give us your Feedback!


If you still haven’t filled in the KMC Seminar Feedback survey you have until the end of this Friday, 12th October to fill it in. The Knowledge Makes Change seminars have been held in Jersey since the beginning of 2017. We know they are very popular but this survey is your chance as an attendee of at least one of the seminars to tell us the impact they’ve had on your confidence and knowledge of early years practice.


Please complete the survey online:


The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.



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 Tuesday 20th 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.




REAL Champions


The Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) in Jersey programme continues to go from strength to strength. An additional cohort of REAL champions has now received training and are ready for action.

REAL champions come from a range of services, schools and settings. They are available to act as mentors, share their resources and ideas, as well as to provide support for events and home visits – both literacy and a REAL approach to early mathematics.

The key contact to access support from a REAL champion is Julie McAllister, Early Years Adviser, who can be contacted on 01534 449444 or email:



Making it REAL – the ‘Make your Mark’ event inspires children, parents and practitioners

It wasn’t just children ‘making their mark’ on Long Beach at the Festival of Words. All the organisations involved worked incredibly creatively to give the many families who found their way there a truly fun-filled afternoon.  The event was organised jointly by the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills, the Jersey Child Care Trust and the National Children’s Bureau. The event was part of ‘REAL’, the Raising Early Achievement in Literacy programme that had drawn everyone together for this wonderfully eclectic mix of activities.


Dr Cathy Hamer, Associate, National Children’s Bureau said:

“This truly amazing event absolutely personifies the way in which REAL trained practitioners share their learning. This makes early literacy with parents meaningful and part of everyday life for children. It was brilliant to hear so many delightful conversations between parents and children as they made marks, patterns and shapes using their bodies and natural materials found on the beach. Bringing together early years settings and services from across the island, Making it REAL in Jersey’s participation in the Festival of Words goes from strength to strength. Everyone involved should be immensely proud of what they achieved”.

The Village Pre-School had a Snail and the Whale Julia Donaldson book theme with stone and shell chalk marking, a seaweed whale for the children to decorate with shells and stones, and a sensory area with a sensory blanket. Kathy Holley said: “We wanted to show parents how they can bring literacy into every day events like being at the beach…. It’s empowering for parents and we can show them what else they can do to extend those activities.”

The Leeward Childcare team had an alphabet soup where children matched up the rhyming words, a fishing for letters area and a spelling table where children finished words with the help of visual clues. Ashley Vinrace explained: “We want to encourage parents to help their children really notice things when they are out and about as this helps to build up children’s understanding and recognition of letters and symbols.”

Altogether, there were four schools and three private nurseries with their own activities set up, as well as a range of other organisations including Cathy Bithell and her Jersey library team. Acrewood Nursery had beach lotto and rock painting, local artist Ian Rolls created a huge sand art maze, and The Morning Boat crew set up a horse box where children could paint their own flags.

Denise De La Haye from Grouville Primary School Nursery said:

“The whole afternoon has gone really well. It has been brilliant to talk to parents and because there has been so much going on here I’ve been suggesting parents use it as an ideas bank, so they don’t try to do it all with their children today but take the ideas home for another day.”

“There’s been such a diversity of activities here today,” said JCCT’s Kate Elston afterwards. “Most of these groups have done ‘literacy events before as part of their REAL work within their setting. This is the first time we’ve all come together like this in a big literary festival. And everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves, which is wonderful.”



REAL Report Cards


The Report Cards for Year 2 (2017-2018) of REAL project delivery have recently been produced. These Report Cards compile all the data that REAL trained practitioners collect for NCB while delivering the project with families, and pull out key data that tells us how much was achieved through REAL, how well it was delivered, and whether people are better off as a result.

By the end of Year 2:


  • 76% of early years settings in Jersey were delivering REAL
  • 92 early years practitioners had been trained in REAL, with 92% of those trained rating the training as excellent or very good
  • 70 children had received home visits by the end of Year 2, and over a 1000 children had taken part in literacy events
  • Between 80% and 95% of children taking part in REAL had registered improvements in their ability in the four areas of emergent literacy
  • 31 practitioners were trained in A REAL Approach to Maths by the end of Year 2, with over 200 children taking part in maths events


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


2018 edition of International Review on Leave Policy and Related Research

The 2018 edition of the International Review on Leave Policies and Related Research is now available and can be downloaded from the website of the International Network On Leave Policies And Research. The 2018 review covers 43 countries, with detailed country notes on each country covering: details of maternity, paternity, parental and other forms of leave; the relationship between early childhood education and care services and leave provision; recent policy developments; take-up of different types of leave; and recent publications and current research. There are also a number of comparative tables.

The international network hopes the review will provide a useful resource for those engaged in research, policy development, advocacy and teaching. If you have any comments, please send them to Peter Moss, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education at

Sonja Blum, Alison Koslowski, Alexandra Macht and Peter Moss (eds.)(2018) 14th International Review on Leave Policies and Related Research 2018Free download. [Pdf]



Alternative narratives in early childhood education: an introduction for students and practitioner: new book

Challenging dominant discourses in the field of early childhood education, this book provides an accessible introduction to some of the alternative narratives and diverse perspectives that are increasingly to be heard in this field, as well as discussing the importance of paradigm, politics and ethics. Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, draws on material published in the Contesting Early Childhood series to introduce readers to thinking that questions the mainstream approach to early childhood education and to offer examples to illustrate how this thinking is being put to work in practice. Key topics addressed include:


  • dominant discourses in today’s early childhood education – and what is meant by ‘dominant discourse’;
  • why politics and ethics are the starting points for early childhood education;
  • Reggio Emilia as an example of an alternative narrative;
  • the relevance to early childhood education of thinkers such as Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze and of theoretical positions such as posthumanism.

Intended for students and practitioners, as well as policymakers, academics and parents, this book is intended for anyone who wants to think more about early childhood education and delve deeper into new perspectives and debates in this field.

Available to purchase in various formats from the Routledge website.



Fatherhood Institute  partners with Lancaster University to research men in childcare

The Fatherhood Institute and researchers at Lancaster University’s Educational Research Department are to investigate, both internationally and in the UK, how men are recruited, supported and retained in the ECE workforce, as teachers and carers for preschool children.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is funding the project led by Dr Jo Warin working with Dr Jeremy Davies, of The Fatherhood Institute, together with a partner in Norway. The team plans to publish a series of journal articles for the international gender and education and early years education research communities and undertake conference presentations.

More information about the project is available on the Fatherhood Institute website.



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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