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News bulletin – 4th May 2020

A REAL mystery        

Just in case you missed it! On 24.4.20 Jersey Evening Post reported a mystery object found on Gorey beach

Find out what Jersey’s Bomb Disposal Officer thought

The true identity of the mystery object: a time capsule. This was buried on the beach by young children and their families at a REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) event as part of the 2019 Festival of Words. National Children’s Bureau has been delivering training and providing support for early years in Jersey since 2009. There is lots of information about the programme available at

There’s also a video of the Making it REAL in Jersey event on the beach at which the time capsule was laid down.


A video of encouragement

Thanks to Sophie Moulson, Jersey Deanery Children and Families Development Officer for bringing a smile to people’s faces with her Prayer for Jersey video at the links below.

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Available until 29 May 2020

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Coping with Corona – a practical, psychology informed approach

Adams Psychology

A 23 minute video – Watch it while you’re cooking perhaps?


free online platform containing 8 easy-to-access, short practical exercises to help NHS and frontline staff alleviate and combat high anxiety, panic and fatigue while responding to the coronavirus pandemic.


Communicating effectively with families during Covid-19: A guide for schools Education Endowment Fund

Lots of hints and tips for using the TRUST approach with families:

Take turns to talk……………

Recap what’s happened…………

Use lots of encouragement…………..

Share what you know…………….

Tune-in and be interested…………….


News from NSPCC


It is hugely important for parents, carers and grandparents not to shy away from talking about Coronavirus with their children and young people.

The current situation can bring a lot of concerns and questions for both children and parents alike.

Our Childline website, provides message boards where children can talk to one another, while our NSPCC site has expert advice for adults about how to answer questions from children about COVID-19. T. 0800 1111 Free, 24/7 for children


Pregnancy in Mind

We are continuing to support expectant parents through our Pregnancy in Mind (PiM) programme. The group work sessions are being run in the usual way – but via video link during these times.

PiM is a preventative mental-health service designed to support parents who are at risk of or experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and depression during pregnancy.

We appreciate it can be a stressful time right now for everyone, including expectant parents. Our group supports with mindfulness, relaxation and discussions around managing anxiety, low mood and general wellbeing during this time and beyond.

We are open for referrals and if you want to find out more, contact our team via

 This news update will be circulated at the beginning of each week during Covid-19 to share news, hints, tips etc. Do please contribute by sending information to Cathy Hamer,