Our Work With Others

We know we create better outcomes for children and families when we work with others.

We enjoy working in partnership.  It brings together different skills and knowledge.  We work with and learn from so many others, both locally and nationally, to ensure we make the biggest difference for families here in Jersey.

This is a programme bringing investment to enable Jersey to address the gaps in services for those who need it.

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme aims to provide the tools and expertise to build capacity in the Early Years sector, leading to improved outcomes for children.

It is being delivered by the National Children’s Bureau, with the Trust supporting them as the local implementation partner.  This Project is funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation and began in April 2016.

The three areas of focus and activity are:

  1. To improve knowledge of ‘what works’.  This is accessible to practitioners and parents and based on a belief that increased knowledge helps influence change for the better (see Knowledge Makes Change below).  It aims to improve ECD capacity particularly in early literacy;
  2. Improve consistency and quality of Early Years services through scaling up the Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) Programme and introducing the maths variation too to support early mathematical development;
  3. Development of an Outcomes Framework for Jersey, co-produced with stakeholders using Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) to underpin planning services and collaborative working.

Knowledge Makes Change

The National Children’s Bureau produce a regular Knowledge Makes Change newsletter, distributed by us, for the children’s workforce in Jersey.  It includes national, international and local research and best practice as well as news and developments, and a series of seminars bringing national speakers to Jersey to share best practice.  Naomi Eisenstadt and Caroline Rowland being the first to contribute to this series.


Making it REAL Programme

To improve consistency and quality of Early Years services through scaling up the Making it REAL Programme and introducing the MATHS variation.

National Children’s Bureau

Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) is a project that sets out to improve the way practitioners work with parents to hand over knowledge and build confidence through meaningful early literacy activities.

At the end of 2014, 18 practitioners from 14 Early Years settings and schools completed the Making it REAL training funded by the Education Department and led by the National Children’s Bureau, England.

Making It RealIn 2016/17, the National Children’s Bureau will be delivering the Making it REAL Project in Jersey as part of the broader Early Childhood Development Programme:

  • Making it REAL training and projects
  • A programme of co-training in REAL
  • A REAL approach to early mathematics – working with parents to support children’s early mathematical development

National Children’s Bureau work with The University of Sheffield on REAL.  Find out more at the REAL website.

Outcomes-Based Accountability (OBA)

Development of an Outcomes Framework for Jersey, co-produced with stakeholders using Outcomes-Based Accountability (OBA) to underpin planning services and collaborative working.

National Children’s Bureau

OBA Training

An Outcomes Framework is:

  1. A set of outcomes, i.e. the conditions of wellbeing that we want for children;
  2. A series of measurable indicators to assess if outcomes are being achieved;
  3. Action plans for implementation:
    • Alignment of programmes/initiatives to outcomes and indicators,
    • Effective systems for impact measurement,
    • Structured processes for reviewing progress and continuous improvement.

The National Children’s Bureau is delivering a series of workshops to a wide range of professionals to develop a shared understanding of the OBA Framework.

The EYCP is a single body which brings together the voices of children and families with local representatives from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.  EYCP Prospectus

 The Case for Early Intervention

With one of the highest rates of working women in the world, we have ensured working families are a key focus for this group and its work.

The group promotes the exclusive breast milk feeding of infants up to six months and then promotes breastfeeding alongside the introduction of solids for up to two years and beyond, working to a set of Breastfeeding Guidelines for Professionals.

The Membership

  • States of Jersey Midwifery Services
  • Family Nursing and Home Care
  • Jersey Child Care Trust
  • National Childbirth Trust

The Core Aims

Raise standards through education and training for all relevant health and childcare professionals to be able to offer information and support that is consistent, up-to-date, practical and appropriate.

Improve knowledge, skills and confidence amongst mothers and their families so they are able, and more likely, to choose to exclusively breastfeed and sustain it for six months.

Change attitudes towards breastfeeding so it is acceptable and possible throughout the entire community, including public places, childcare facilities and the workplace.

Breastfeeding and Employment

The Breastfeeding Policy covers the activities of all professionals who work with mums and babies.  Here is the relevant section for childcare professionals.

All registered and accredited childcare staff have access to appropriate training to support breastfeeding mothers.

Registered Childcare environments to be encouraged to provide a comfortable, quiet area for breastfeeding mothers to express their breast milk or breastfeed their baby and to welcome a mother to use this area at any time during the day.

Childcare environments to be encouraged and supported to provide facilities for breast milk storage and sterilising equipment.

Employers to be encouraged to have a written guideline which outlines breaks for breastfeeding mothers, facilities for expressing milk and storage of breast milk at their place of work.

The Big Latch Event

This annual event, organised by the Breastfeeding Working Group, brings parents, babies and professionals together to get the community talking about breastfeeding.  Mums simultaneously breastfeed their babies and with the help of the media, the event starts conversations in our community about breastfeeding.  One of the most important factors to successful breastfeeding is the support extended to mums from their family, friends, the community and then eventually their employers.

A Sample Policy for Employers

This policy provides a good example that employers can adopt for their employees.

Sample Breastfeeding Policy

Kate’s Story: the breastfeeding policy in practice.

The Trust is a representative of the Children’s Voluntary Sector on the Safeguarding Partnership Board and also has a seat on the Procedures and Audit Sub-Committee too.

‘Children and adults are best safeguarded when professionals are clear about what is required of them and how they need to work together.  Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and we are all an essential part of the network of agencies and individuals, statutory, private and voluntary, that contribute to the safety of children on the Island.’  Safeguarding Partnership Board

The Trust shares safeguarding news and other information directly with both the voluntary and childcare sectors through emails and occasional meetings.

Email Jane to be added to our Safeguarding email list.

Find out more

The Safeguarding Partnership Board’s website includes the Safeguarding Procedures Manual, sample Safeguarding policies and training courses.


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