Our sleep consultancy course equips you to work with parents who need support and advice, and provide them with techniques they are comfortable with and which are right for their baby or child. We encourage flexible and considerate approaches, and focus on effective communication surrounding sleep.
The course is suitable for experienced nannies, maternity nurses or other qualified childcarers wishing to expand their knowledge of sleep or wishing to become a sleep consultant.
Students are assessed on their participation in group discussions and the knowledge and understanding they demonstrate throughout the course. At the end of the course the learners receive assessment questions and have 6 weeks to complete their work. Students are able to contact their tutor and assessor if any assistance or clarification is needed.
In a situation where the learner is not available to complete their assessment within 6 weeks of taking the course, extra time may be allowed if a reasonable explanation is given.
This course draws on prior understanding and experience of baby and child sleep so learners should have significant experience of working with both babies and children.
The course is accredited by OCN (Open College Network Credit4Learning)
The course covers the physiology and psychology of sleep, the importance of sleep in babies and children and the relationship between diet/nutrition, exercise, routine and sleep at all stages from new-born to 12 years old. It also examines sleep theories and the science of sleep including REM/non-REM sleep and the role of melatonin.
You will look at common sleep problems in babies and children, and how to advise parents to tackle these, and various theoretical approaches to different definitions of sleep disorder. The hands on approach will guide you through developing positive routines for twins and multiples and drawing up specific, individual sleep action plans appropriate to the needs of the baby, child or young person and the parents, taking different cultural and family perspectives on sleep and routines into account as well as understanding guidelines for preventing SIDS and how these are implemented.
By adding an extra day to the course it will allow more time for discussion, group tasks and will provide the opportunity to review Case Studies. You will also be able to gain a better understanding and more confidence when writing sleep plans and deciding which techniques are best suited. We will be incorporating teaching on sleep regression, separation anxiety and looking more closely at parenting styles and the way they influence the types of plans that should be introduced. We will also have time to review a real consultation and discuss any issues which may arise. We believe the 2 day course will enhance the teaching and will allow learners to feel more equipped to start work as a Sleep Consultant.
The course is instructed by Michelle Plevin who is a qualified nurse of 20 years progressing to specialist community health nursing (health visiting). Health visitors support families antenatally through to 5 years old. Sleep advice is a large part of this role, either one to one in the home or group support sleep clinics. Michelle has also studied sleep as part on a masters in Autism. Michelle Plevin is a member of the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) and holds a Diploma for Nursing from Thames Valley University. Michelle also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and a Diploma is Special Education: Autism (Children). Michelle has also completed an Adult Nursing programme from the English National Health Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting
We are based in London Victoria, about a 10-15 minute walk from the main train station.
‘If you are looking to further your career and want to look into sleep and routines, this is a great course. Lots of information fantastic!’
‘The Sleep Training course was very interesting, the tutor was very engaging and i learnt a lot. I have left wanting to book more courses.’
‘Great course to further knowledge in theory and ideas to put into practice. Easy to find location, small numbers in the group and fab tutor.’
1 Day: £175, Includes Certification
2 Days: £245, Includes certification
1 Day – Booking Fee £40, £20 for 8 weeks
2 Days – Booking Fee £40, £20 for 12 weeks
Home Affairs Training Academy (HATA), 10 Greycoat Place, Victoria, SW1P 1SB, London, United Kingdom