Courses and Training

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

The 8th evening in the series featured Neil Griffiths discussing how stories can be used to teach maths in fun, exciting and unexpected ways.  Click here to see the seminar
Why does maths matter?
There is strong evidence to suggest that supporting children’s early mathematics, especially in the home, has a positive impact on long term attainment in mathematics and in other areas of learning and development.
Looking ahead to adulthood, the available evidence shows both the positive lifetime impact of acquiring mathematical skills and the potential limitations of not doing so. Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s review of Post 16 Mathematics commented that ‘well-established evidence shows that adults with basic numeracy skills earn higher wages and are more likely to be in employment than those who fail to master these skills’ (p24, DfE, 2017).
Being confident in using and applying mathematics has a positive impact on children’s lives. Adults can support children’s mathematical development, right from birth, through interaction, play and by using maths together in everyday life. Early years practitioners can also build parents’ confidence in supporting their child’s mathematical development through discussing with them activities run in their settings which parents can repeat at home.
Early Maths in Jersey
In Jersey, the Early Years team works closely alongside the Maths Adviser, meeting regularly to discuss recent initiatives and approaches, as well as delivering joint training. The Maths Adviser is currently writing a guide to supporting parents with their child’s mathematical understanding and development. The Early Years guidance has been written in collaboration with the Early Years Advisory Team. This will be published later in the year.
With the introduction of Making Maths REAL we now have 46 practitioners trained in over 30 settings. Successful home visits and Maths REAL events have been taking place all over the island. Some of these have included a Friday fish and chip night for children and families, Saturday REAL maths mornings and trips and outings involving shopping and looking for environmental print related to mathematics. These events have been well attended and feedback has been really positive.
Village Pre-School opened the evening showcasing their Making it REAL Maths projects and how it has changed their entire approach to maths throughout their setting.
Stories can be counted on
The 8th evening in our expert Knowledge Makes Change seminar series featured Neil Griffith’s eclectic approach to teaching mathematics in the early years, showing Jersey practitioners the importance of performance throughout their settings and how to turn a basic story sequence into a dramatic journey through maths.

Neil Griffiths was a Primary School headteacher for 13 years before taking on the role of director of a National Literacy Project for the Basic Skills Agency where he introduced his original Storysack idea to schools and communities throughout the UK. After six years, Neil began to devote all of his energies to Storysack® and they are now available worldwide and have won many awards.

He has created award-winning play resources, written a nursery curriculum, a best-selling resource book on creative play, and imaginative material for the Early Learning Centre. He has developed a scheme for supporting English as an additional language and also finds time to write his own children’s picture books, Neil loves to tell a story and a story time with him is a highly entertaining event as he magically draws his audience into his storyworlds.

Useful Resources

You can watch Neil’s presentation online and read our dedicated Briefing on Early Mathematics.
Slides from the evening are also available online.


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.

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Here is a new film showing the work of REAL over the last few years.

‘Making it REAL’ (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy)

Engaging parents in their children’s early literacy development has been shown to improve children’s outcomes and help to narrow the gap between disadvantaged and other children.

The diversity of experiences across all children and early years setting in Jersey means that the introduction of Making it REAL will enable practitioners to reach out to parents and families, building confidence and knowledge to support early home learning, with a powerful impact on children’s outcomes and on family literacy practice.  We are currently working with 611 parents and 735 children across the island and Making it REAL projects, events and wider engagement.

All nurseries and pre-schools in Jersey have been offered the opportunity to take part in an island-wide programme which includes a focus on literacy and maths and more than 500 families have taken part so far.

More information about the programme can be found here:

If you would like to know more about REAL training opportunities, please contact Kate at the Trust:

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.

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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