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News bulletin – 11th May 2020

You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” – Charlie Chaplin

Advice for parents in Jersey during Coronavirus

Enter the Calm Zone:

Check out these activities – Stress sock, The question, Find freedom, Nature, Calm aid kit, Let it go box, Sense drawer, Letter to yourself

Have a go at breathing exercises: Breath in, breath out. Breath and sign. Calming words. Deep calm. Slow breaths. Square breathing.

Try expressing yourself through Drawing and Writing: Create an Art Box with Connection, Values, a Helping Hand, Crystal Ball and a Mirror

Yoga videos, games and puzzles

Explore all the above at


How to Support Children and yourself During the Covid-19 outbreak:

The coronavirus outbreak has changed many things about our daily lives. But even during this uncertain time, it’s a sure thing that our children are still learning, growing, and developing.

Everyone can help support a child’s healthy development (and it may even help relieve your stress!). Just a few minutes and some simple, free activities can make a difference:


  1. Practice Serve and Return
  2. Maintain Social Connections
  3. Take a Break

To find out more from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University go to:


Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


Building Bonds and Good Mental Health for you and your Baby during Covid-19

A parent infant mental health resource pack to help Parents and their Babies to Breakthrough (instead of Breaking Down!)


Family Nursing and Home Care – What’s happening?

All staff are attending all meetings virtually (TAC, safeguarding, Early Help) and following the NHS prioritisation plan for all community services in line with business continuity and Covid 19 .

Health visiting have now commenced an appointed clinic which is a HV referral only resource but offers the opportunity to see clients alongside the virtual offer and home visits. This is particularly helpful where there are specific vulnerabilities or support needs and a requirement to review the infant/child. Consideration is being given to implementing a second clinic at Pip’s Place.

Baby Steps and Breastfeeding specialist support continues. School Nurses are continuing with catch up immunisations. HPV second dose deferred. Looked After Children Nurse is prioritising Initial Health Assessments along with the Medical Advisor. Paediatric Liaison Health Visitor is based in the new Child and Family Hub. Paediatric Nurses and Children’s Palliative Care Pathway continues as normal.

Child Accident Prevention Jersey is suspended whilst schools are closed.

Partners at Pip’s Place are looking to plan a soft launch of this new provision – Jersey Child Care Trust, Family Nursing and Home Care and Mind Jersey.


Sharing REAL with parents

The Sharing REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) with Parents programme helps parents to understand their roles in children’s early literacy development and to share this with others through informal contact or volunteering in early years settings and schools. It is a workshop based programme involving practical group learning and fun activities as well as opportunities to build confidence and skills in sharing REAL with other parents.


You will learn ways to support young children and parents with Books, Early Writing, Rhymes and Songs and how to make use of all the Print around you in the street, on the bus, in the shops and in your home.


Parents in Jersey (including those with babies and young children – Mums, Dads, grandparents and those for whom English is not their first language) have enjoyed the discovery of ways to support their child’s learning in a group offering fun and friendships.


Early years practitioners attending the programme are always enthusiastic about the way it helps them to work with parents.


The programme provides lots of resources through a learning journey which can then be delivered to others. It is open to anyone interested in the development of young children’s early literacy including parents, childcare, early years and family support workers, health practitioners, teachers.


Consideration is being given to delivery by webinar. To express an interest email