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Knowledge Makes Change November 19

Knowledge Makes Change

Update 36: 21 November 2019

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Knowledge Makes Change (KMC) is designed to share key information about early years developments in Jersey and up-to-date research and practice from the UK and international contexts. Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.

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Jersey news

Making it REAL Project

Thanks to everyone who has submitted their setting agreements. I hope that your home visits and events are going well, I would love to hear all about them.. Please email with your news.

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to return documents to Kate at JCCT (parent agreement, setting record form, pre child observation form) is 6th December 2019.

Jersey Putting Children First campaign launched

The Government of Jersey has launched an island-wide campaign – on World Children’s Day (20th November 2019) – to encourage everyone in Jersey to support the Pledge to Put Children First. The Government launched the eight-point Pledge to Put Children First just over a year ago, in which Ministers, States Members, and public service leaders committed to being accountable for improving the care of, and upholding the rights of, every child in the Island.

Now, a new campaign, to which students from Jersey’s School Council Network have contributed, has been launched to encourage Islanders to support the Pledge through a new Putting Children First webpage.

The campaign will raise awareness of what Putting Children First involves, using the outcomes from the Children and Young People’s Plan so that all children and young people will grow up safely, learn and achieve, live a healthy life and be valued and involved in everyday decisions that affect their lives.

The Government of Jersey has launched this campaign on World Children’s Day, the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to demonstrate its commitment to Putting Children First.

Schools around the Island are supporting the Putting Children First campaign as well as celebrating children’s rights as part of the UNCRC 30-year anniversary.

Published 20 November 2019

Minister lodges law to end physical punishment of children

The Minister for Children and Housing, Senator Sam Mézec, has lodged the draft Children and Education (Amendment) (Jersey) Law to end the use of physical punishment in Jersey.

If the draft Law is approved by the States Assembly, Jersey would follow Scotland as only the second place in the British Isles where children will have the same protection from physical punishment as adults.

The draft Law will abolish the customary law defence of “reasonable corporal punishment”. This means that any adult acting in a parental capacity who is accused of assault against a child, will not be able to use this defence. This means they can no longer legally physically punish a child.

Published 21 October 2019

Jersey works towards UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation

Health Visitors from Family Nursing and Home Care have achieved Stage 1 of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, an internationally-recognised award of quality care.

This initiative aims to support breastfeeding and good infant nutrition and to help parents to develop close and loving relationships with their babies.

To reach level 1, Health Visitors have been given specific training about the benefits of breastfeeding, and how to support mothers to breastfeed for longer.

This programme is a commitment in the government’s Food and Nutrition Strategy and features in the Children’s Plan, as breastfeeding is a key indicator of success in the Future Jersey priorities.

Sarah Wright, project lead for the Baby Friendly Initiative, said: “In order to reach level one, we have developed guidelines on how our staff will support mothers to breastfeed for longer. We have trained 96% of Family Nursing’s Health Visiting team and are on track to train 100% of our staff by the end of 2019.”

Published 21 October 2019

Family friendly employment rights

All new parents in Jersey will be offered up to 52 weeks off work, following approval of the States. The new laws have been described as “trailblazing” by Deputy Rowland Huelin. Jersey’s States members voted 38-6 in favour of the proposal which intends to “encourage gender balance in childcare roles”. Both parents will able to take the leave in up to three blocks over two years.

Politicians rejected an amendment to offer six months of leave to new parents, rather than a year. Maternity and paternity cover on the island currently offers only 26 weeks of leave, half the time offered to new mothers in the UK.

New fathers in Jersey will now receive six weeks of paid leave, like their partners, increased from their previous entitlement to two weeks’ pay.

Parents will be allowed to take their leave at the same time if they wish to.

The proposal will also allow women to request breastfeeding breaks at work, whilst employers must take “reasonable steps” to provide facilities for breastfeeding. It is anticipated the law will come into effect between June and July 2020.

Published 24 October 2019

Research and practice from the UK and international contexts

MITEY guide to recruiting men in early years settings

MITEY (Men In The Early Years) has produced a free guide on recruiting men into early years education. The guide suggests practical ways for early years employers to attract more men into the workforce.

These include:

  • Replacing ‘feminised’ job titles like ‘nursery nurse’ with more gender-neutral terms like ‘early years practitioner’;
  • Keeping a check on sexist ‘workplace banter’
  • Including ‘positive action’ statements, images of men and male case studies in job advertisements, to clarify that male applicants are welcome;
  • Holding open days targeted at attracting male recruits;
  • Promoting early years and other caring jobs to boys of all ages
  • Working with Job Centres to promote early years careers to men;
  • Promoting vacancies via fathers who use early years provision, as well as mothers

Published 19 November 2019

World Autism Awareness Week 2020

Dates have been announced for the 2020 World Autism Awareness Week – 30 March to 5 April 2020. In 2019, over 4,000 schools signed up and took part in awareness and fundraising activities.

Published 24 October

Protecting Disabled Children from Sexual Abuse

The NSPCC has published a report examining the views of parents and carers of disabled children and young people on how to keep them safe from child sexual abuse. The research suggests that professionals should work in partnership with parents to ensure that disabled children receive consistent, accessible information on safe touch, choice and control, and how they can let others know when they feel unsafe.

Published 17 October

Contextual Safeguarding

The NSPCC has published a blog on contextual safeguarding; it looks at why it is relevant to voluntary and community organisations The blog discusses what is meant by contextual safeguarding; the importance of understanding what’s happening in the local area; and the importance of working together with others in the community, as well as with parents, families and local residents, to help keep children and young people safe.

Published 21 October

What children learn from messy play

In this extract from Messy Play in the Early Years, Sue Gascoyne – a creative arts & play therapist and founder of sensory equipment specialist company, Play to Z Ltd – provides a theoretical perspective on children’s ‘material engagements’, while keeping hands-on practice clearly in view.

Published October 2019

Dutch early years classroom teachers facilitating and guiding musical play: problems and opportunities

Abstract: Musical play is an activity in which young children more or less freely explore and create with sound, with limited guidance from a teacher. This study explored the occurrence of musical play in Dutch early years education (4–5-year-olds).

Twenty early years classroom teachers were interviewed about the content of the music education taking place in their classroom, and about a possible facilitation and guidance of musical play. Findings showed that ten teachers were unfamiliar with musical play, whilst nine experienced it as too difficult due to limited experience and knowledge. One teacher successfully included musical play, due to additional pre-service training. We argue that musical play may be a valuable addition to early years music education, one that enables young children to learn about music more consistent with their age and interests. Based on our outcomes, we advocate the provision of additional teacher education around facilitating musical play.

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, Volume 27, 2019 – Issue 6, published online: 30 October 2019.

This article is free to download as a pdf from the Taylor & Francis website.

Thank you for reading.

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