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Knowledge Makes Change Newsletter – September 2018

KMC Seminar Survey

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 a regular reader of the Knowledge Makes Change bulletin to tell us how the seminars have affected your confidence and knowledge of early years practice.

Please complete the survey online:

The seminars we have hosted so far have included:

1. Early Years: What matters most? With Naomi Eisenstadt
2. Children’s language development with Caroline Rowland
3. Opening the door to Home Visiting with Dame Sarah Cowley
4. Supporting Bilingual Families with Nabiah Sohail
5. Parental Engagement for children with SEND with Brian Lamb
6. Play and Pedagogy with David Whitebread and Barbara Isaacs

To refresh yourself on what they covered you can find the slides here:

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is open until late Friday 12th October.

Data from the survey will be analysed anonymously and we will publish a short report of the results in a future Knowledge Makes Change bulletin.

If you have any questions or feedback please contact Nick McKenzie at NCB on


Knowledge Makes Change Seminar: Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-Being

On Wednesday 12th December, we are pleased to announce that Professor Iram Siraj will be leading the Knowledge Makes Change Seminar to inform us about her research into the quality of the adult-child interaction in settings, and the impact of this on child emotional wellbeing, and the characteristics of effective learning.


Please book your place on Eventbrite.


Making it REAL this term

The ECD Programme is in its penultimate term, however it is still going to be a very busy time, with lots of REAL training, REAL project delivery and of course the Festival of Words!


Training Dates

  • REAL Champions Training 18th and 19th September – for those who have a passion for REAL, and would have the time and capacity to support it to develop through co-delivering or advocating about the training. Please email  Kate Elston if you are interested:
  • Half day Outcomes Based Accountability training for REAL Champions- open to new and previously trained Champions: 19th September PM. Please email Ellie Suggate-Francis from NCB if interested in attending:
  • 2 Day REAL Training 27th and 28th September- for those not yet trained – email Kate Elston for details
  • REAL Maths Training: 20th November. Email Kate Elston for details


Network Meetings

There will be two sets of REAL Network Meetings this term facilitated by Cathy Hamer, which provide peer support around REAL delivery, give up to date REAL information, and details about the progress of the Early Childhood Development Programme.


Dates are:

  • 26th and 27th September, and 19th and 20th November.
  • Contact Kate Elston for details:


REAL Project Delivery Support, Funding and Timescales: REAL Literacy and Maths

All Jersey REAL practitioners will have the opportunity of supported and funded delivery of REAL projects beginning this term, to their target families. Many of you will be planning to use REAL with a family this term – so this is an opportunity to gain the £300 funding to support you to do so. For those new to REAL, or who haven’t yet made use of your training, this is the opportunity to be supported through your REAL project with a family.

We can provide further information and support through your projects, so do get in touch if you have questions. Please note that this is open to trained practitioners who want to do either literacy or maths projects, and the funding is available for any practitioner trained in REAL at any point by NCB (those trained before the existing Early Childhood Development Programme was developed can also take part). We would normally require a project to include 3 target children, however if you only want to work with one or two  this year due to capacity or need, please do still get in touch with


Making Your Mark at the Jersey Festival of Words 26th – 30th September

There will be a large scale literacy event taking place 2-4pm on Saturday 29th September at Long Beach, Grouville, entitled ‘Making Your Mark with Ian Rolls’. REAL settings are encouraged to also arrange literacy events on the beach that day to support the celebration of Making it REAL in Jersey.

Settings that wish to take part and deliver an event on the beach as part of a project can get in touch and draw down the funding to support them to do this by contacting Kate Elston on


Children’s Workforce Training Directory Updated

The Childcare and Early Years Service (CEYS) has worked with the Jersey Child Care Trust (JCCT) and others to update the Children’s Workforce Training Directory. The purpose of the document is to inform all staff of the training opportunities centrally available to support the work of registered early years settings, childminders, playcare and schools. The content of each section details its purpose, how to access services and who to contact.

CEYS is encouraging all practitioners to review the opportunities available as a lot has been added for the new term including New to EYFS training, MAYBO, REAL and implementing Continuous Provision in your setting.


Research and practice from the UK and international contexts


The Lullaby Trust resources

Baby Check app, new young parents website, safer sleep training for professionals

The Lullaby Trust have announced the relaunch of the Baby Check app. It features 19 simple checks that parents can do if their baby is showing signs of illness. Each check tests for a different symptom and when completed, a score is calculated that tells parents or carers how ill their baby is and whether their baby needs to see a doctor or health professional.

The app can now be downloaded for FREE from Google Play or the App Store.

To find out more see Guidance for professionals.


The Lullaby Trust have also announced the launch of a new Little Lullaby website aimed at young parents under the age of 25. The website provides an online support community for young parents and parents-to-be where they can chat, talk about their experiences and share advice with other young mothers and fathers through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The majority of the content on the Little Lullaby website is created by young parents for young parents including personal stories from young parents, advice on pregnancy, birth and advice on all aspects of parenting. The forum where young parents can talk, ask questions and share experiences is a key feature of the site.

There is also a section with advice for health professionals, which provides resources and advice for supporting and building relationships with the young parents they work with.

The Lullaby Trust has a team of Regional Development Officers (RDOs) offering expert, face to face training and advice through its Safer Sleep Training and Consultancy programme. The training provides professionals and practitioners with an understanding of the issues around infant sleep. It also gives health professionals the confidence to work with and support families and carers antenatally and postnatally to ensure babies are sleeping more safely to reduce the risk of SIDS.  For more information or to book a training session, see the Lullaby Trust website.


Safer Sleep Week resources

The focus of The Lullaby Trust Safer Sleep week this year was sleeping products and how to support parents choosing items for their babies. To help with this the Trust have created a product guide which can for parents, endorsed by Public Health England, which gives clear guidance about the claims on products and the few essentials that are needed for safer sleep.

The free product guide can be downloaded here.

There is also a product advice video.


EECERA presentations from Pen Green Centre


The European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) held its annual conference this August in Budapest. The theme of the conference was Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities.


Representatives from Pen Green for Children and their Families in Corby, Northamptonshire attended the  EECERA conference to share some of the research/work that they have conducted recently. Pen Green have uploaded the PowerPoints of their presentations to their website and they are free to download.


The topics of the PowerPoints are as follows:

  • Reflecting on children’s unconscious processes alongside parents and practitioners
  • Engaging families living with complexity in their child’s progress
  • Parents’ involvement in their child’s learning and development whilst supporting their transition from a maintained nursery school to a SEND special school
  • Building and sustaining equal and active relationships with parents living through complexity



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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