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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – September 2017

Knowledge Makes Change Seminar

Date:                           Thursday 12th October                                 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue:                        St Pauls Centre, St Pauls Gate, Dumaresq Street, JE2 3RL


The Knowledge Makes Change seminar series aims to inspire and be informative on ‘what works’ for young children and their families to ensure the best possible outcomes.

The fourth evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series will take place on Thursday 12th October, when Nabiah Sohail, Clinical Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust, will speak about supporting bilingual families.  There will also be time for discussion and networking. Please see our flyer for more information and reserve your place online.

This is a free event open to everyone engaged with young children and their families.


Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter Survey – Your Responses


Thank you to everyone who completed the KMC newsletter survey in July. The responses we received were really insightful and we will be making a few changes to the bulletin layout and content to make it even better over the next year.

We only received 28 responses so, if you still have any feedback on the newsletter, please do let us know – we’re always keen to hear what you think. Otherwise, here are some key messages from the survey results:

  • 100% of 28 respondents feel that the KMC newsletter is the right length;
  • 86% believe it has a good balance of Jersey and other news;
  • The two most popular areas are Research and Practice Issues;
  • 96% find the content of the KMC newsletter interesting;
  • 68% feel the KMC newsletter has helped in their role as a practitioner;
  • 79% feel the KMC newsletter has raised their awareness of early years practice guidance.

The additional comments suggested that you are interested in hearing about any relevant research and practice information – not just the most up-to-date and newsworthy bits of research – so we’ll be including links to previous research in future issues.

Exciting developments linking the REAL project to the Jersey Festival of Words!

The Jersey Festival of Words is happening between 27th September and 1st October 2017. The festival will be welcoming Professor Richard Dawkins, Dame Jenni Murray and Lauren Child, newly-appointed Children’s Laureate, to Jersey.  Events for families include a story telling in the Jersey Library with a book signing from Lauren Child, author of “Charlie and Lola”, on Saturday 30th September at 11.30 am.  Please click on the link to find out more about events for families and encourage families from your setting to attend.

You will also shortly be receiving letters to your setting for parents, inviting Nursery, Reception children and their parents to participate in some Environmental Print searches in local supermarkets. The Co-op, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Iceland have all agreed to take part. This activity is being promoted as something for a parent and child to do together outside their school or setting, on a regular shopping trip. The emphasis is on taking the opportunity to notice environmental print, signs and logos, rather than on a traditional ‘treasure hunt’.

We are really hoping that you will encourage your families to take part. The children will be asked to record their involvement by photographing the environmental print and bringing the leaflet and photos back into the setting to share and celebrate.  There will be a prize for the setting with the most participants.


Jersey Early Years Conference


It was great to see so many of you at the Merton Hotel at the end of June when we welcomed the eminent Professor Ferre Laevers and his colleague Julia Moons to host our Jersey Early Years Conference.

Professor Ferre Laevers is regarded as one of the most significant sources of innovation in early education in recent years. Central to his contribution to early years practice has been his research on ‘well-being’ and ‘involvement’, which he has identified as the twin and fundamental traits underpinning a child’s successful development and early learning. The Leuven scales for emotional well-being and involvement are two sets of indictors that should be considered when planning any educational setting.

The feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive and we were able to share this with Ferre and Julia before they left.  A mini natural resources pack was given to delegates and a request that they send in photos of the resources being used back in their settings. CEYS has received some great, creative photos and would like to thank participants for their feedback and enthusiasm.


Jersey’s new children’s palliative care pathway


‘Children’s Palliative Care’ is the term used to describe every element of care provided to a child from the point that they are diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. Its focus is on enhancing the quality of life for the child and their family, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. It includes the management of symptoms and care throughout life, death and bereavement.

Last year, a range of professionals from Jersey Family Nursing and Home Care came together with local charities and parents of children who had previously needed palliative care. The team has developed a palliative care pathway which will enable service providers to coordinate services and to improve the patients’ and their families’ experience. Each child will be assigned a keyworker to be a consistent point of contact throughout the pathway. The keyworker, alongside a named nurse, will assess the needs of the child and family, co-ordinate services and provide information as well as emotional and practical support. The plan will be discussed with the child and family to ensure that the child gets the care that they need and the family’s choices are taken into account. The ultimate goal is for the child and their whole family to receive the help and support they need by compiling an agreed single plan.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts



Reading in Foster Families

This NCB report, commissioned by Booktrust, is based on a UK-wide survey of almost 600 foster carers, and interviews with a smaller number of foster carers and children. The research explored carers’ reading habits and attitudes, and how they engage children in reading for pleasure.

The research found that foster carers generally recognise the benefits of reading with their children. Around three quarters of foster carers strongly agreed that reading helped to widen a child’s vocabulary, fed imagination, helped with school work, and built communication skills. Strikingly, 90% of foster carers who read with their child reported that it had made a positive difference to their relationship.



A Better Start

A Better Start is a £215 million, ten-year strategic investment funded by the Big Lottery Fund and focused on developing and testing new approaches to promoting good Early Childhood Development.  This work is taking place through five partnerships with local services in Blackpool, Bradford, Nottingham, Southend and Lambeth (in partnership with NCB). The partnerships are evaluating the impact and cost effectiveness of these approaches and sharing their learning both within and beyond A Better Start.

Alongside information about the programme, A Better Start has produced infographics on early childhood development; social and emotional development; speech, language and communication; and diet and nutrition. Please scroll down on each page to click on the link to the infographic. The website also contains material on approaches to systems change to improve early childhood development outcomes.


Health and Wellbeing

ERIC resources to support bowel and bladder continence

The children’s bowel and bladder charity (ERIC) website has a number of new downloadable resources for families and practitioners to support children’s bowel and bladder continence.  These include:

  • ERIC’s guide to potty training;
  • ERIC’s guide to night time wetting;
  • ERICs guide for children with additional needs;
  • ERIC’s guide to children’s bowel problems;
  • The Right to Go: a detailed guide to helping early years settings and schools manage continence;
  • Factsheet on children who will only poo in a nappy. This factsheet contains case studies, including some for children who have additional needs.

Please click on the link to access the resources.


Thank you for reading.


Early Childhood Development Programme

The National Children’s Bureau is leading the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme in Jersey in partnership with States of Jersey, the Jersey Child Care Trust, and the Early Years & Childhood Partnership.  The ECD programme is working to improve outcomes for young children and their families in Jersey.

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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