Courses and Training

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realise, the less I know.” – Michel Legrand.

We provide a variety of learning opportunities for the children’s workforce.  These include our own JCCT Courses, supporting others to deliver training as well as providing bursaries for local training opportunities.

The Children’s Workforce Training Directory is available here:

Training Directory from States of Jersey

On 12 October 2017, Nabial Sohail gave an exciting and interactive session on Support Bilingual Families as part of our Jersey programme.

Nabiah Sohail is a Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist who has a love for multiculturalism and promoting multilingualism. She believes that everyone should have access to high quality services regardless of their cultural and linguistic background. Nabiah is multilingual being able to speak, read and write Urdu and has spoken language skills in Hindi and Punjabi.
Nabiah has worked across a range of clinical areas throughout inner London, been a Teaching Fellow at University College London and is Chair of the London Bilingualism Clinical Excellence Network. Nabiah is passionate about proving that Speech and Language Therapy works and that services can and must show that they are effective and worthwhile. In 2012 Nabiah received The Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation for her work in Outcome Measures which Nabiah has presented across the country.  See Nabiah’s presentation here.


The Knowledge Makes Change seminar series aims to inspire and be informative on ‘what works’ for young children and their families to ensure the best possible outcomes. Knowledge Makes Change is provided as part of the Early Childhood Development Programme.

This two-day course has been designed for Early Years Practitioners and Teachers working with children aged between 2 and 5 years.

It begins with two consecutive days training, followed by two network meetings (at no cost to your setting), delivered by the National Children’s Bureau and supported by Education and the Trust.

During the three month period, the participants will undertake a project of their choice, which enables them to use and embed the knowledge they have gained in their daily work with families.  Each setting will receive a bursary of £300 to spend on resources for the project work.

Making it REAL builds on an evidence-based programme Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL).  This involves practitioners working with parents to help them support their children’s literacy development within four key strands of literacy: environmental print, books, early writing and oral language.  The intervention uses the ORIM Framework, which is based on the idea that there are four main ways in which parents can help support their children’s literacy development relating to: Opportunities for literacy; Recognition of children’s literacy development; Interaction around literacy; and Models of literacy users.

In 2017, REAL Maths will be running, a one day course on:

19th June

12th September

10th November

Please contact Kate ( to book your place.

Registered and accredited childcare providers can apply for a £15 grant from us, following completion of their First Aid Training.

Simply fill in the application form and send it to us with proof of payment and a copy of your training certificate.  We have £1,000 available each year and so applications are available on a first come, first served basis.

Also, if you are choosing to train with St Johns Ambulance, call us to get their discount code before booking a place with them.  If you quote this when you book with them, you will qualify for a 10% discount on the course cost.

The qualification aims to give a clear framework from which to establish evidence based outcomes for engaging and working with parents.  You will have the opportunity to study with staff from a variety of settings.

Level 3 is aimed at learners who work as:

  • Family Support workers
  • Family School Champions
  • Parenting facilitators
  • Nursery staff
  • Nursery nurses
  • And ANY staff currently working with parents where collaborative working is crucial to developing family wellbeing in Jersey.

‘Working with Parents’ is a City and Guilds Level 3 Vocational related Qualification based on National Occupational Standards.  The purpose of these qualifications is to equip those individuals working with parents with the essential skills and knowledge required to support parents in their parenting role.  They enable individuals to support parents to improve their understanding of their own role and their children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs in the context of family life.

The qualifications are aimed at those in a supporting role, parenting practitioners, parent support advisors, parent liaison workers, family support workers and professionals such as social workers or health visitors.  These qualifications provide essential knowledge and skills for those learners who work with parents in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a wide range of settings.


Over the year, approx. 32 face-to-face study hours delivered mostly on Thursday afternoons 12.30-3.30pm. (You will need to discuss this with your manager and receive their full support before applying).

At least three hours per week home study is recommended.

Assessment is by portfolio, which includes reflective accounts, witness testimonies, direct questioning assignments and assessment of products.

For a full outline of the qualification please visit and follow link for ‘working with parents’ qualification or speak to current candidates (email us here at the Trust for details).

Candidate work placement requirements

As part of the assessment for this award is based on practical activities with parents, candidates must have access to parents in a formal or informal setting.

Candidate entry requirements

Although there are no formal requirements for candidates undertaking these qualifications, to apply for a Trust bursary place, applicants must be level 3 qualified and working in childcare or play care.

How to apply

To apply for a bursary place for the Working with Parents qualification, please submit your C.V., the following essay (500 word limit) together with a covering letter outlining your current role and responsibilities within childcare:

“Confidence gained by parents needs to be carefully nurtured.  Discuss”

Please ask your employer to sign this essay to say that they support your application for this and will support you throughout your studies and submit it to us here at the Trust.

Here at the Trust, we are offering £1,000 to a student enrolled on the Foundation Degree or Degree in Childhood Studies (part-time) towards course fees, materials and expenses.

You may apply for this bursary if:

  • You are enrolled on the course;
  • You have ‘licence to practise’ and are currently employed in the private Early Years and Childcare Sector in Jersey;
  • You can demonstrate how you will apply your knowledge and skills within the Early Years and Childcare Sector in Jersey.

You can apply by:

  • Writing a letter of application to our Executive Director, Fiona Vacher;
  • Please include a current C.V. with your application letter;
  • You will need to provide a letter or statement of support from your employer.

Once your application has been received, you may be required to attend an interview here at the Trust.

If successful, you will be required to sign an agreement to repay the funds upon non-completion of the course.

Level 3 Award & Certificate in Work with Parents course (code 3599) is offered by the Bridge.  We are offering two full bursaries (up to the value of £600 each) to allow two candidates to join the next group of students.

This qualification has been developed to equip individuals working with children with the essential skills and knowledge required to support parents in their parenting role.

The course will build on a candidate’s understanding of children’s and parents’ social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs within the context of family life.

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