Which course is for me?
If you want to have a supporting role, maybe in a sling library setting, or organising meets, or talking about the wonders of carrying to others then the peer supporter course will give you the confidence to get out there.
If you want to be able to tailor support in a technical way to the many varied needs of parents, then the consultancy course is for you.
If you are already a consultant, maybe through another school, you may find that both our courses would benefit you. The peer support course will help you simplify how you bring support in busy settings. The consultancy course could bring you more tools and a different approach to the one you are currently using.
The baby-carrying and infant feeding course is designed to support both baby-carrying professionals (advocates, peer supporters and consultants) and infant feeding professionals (advocates, peer supporters, counsellors, lactation consultants). It aims to give the tools to understand and facilitate the combining of the two sets of skills.
Do I need to do both courses?
Both courses stand alone and have a different emphasis, this means you could do just one.
We would recommend doing both to get the greatest set of skills. Whichever order you attend them will be beneficial. Remember that you can re-attend both courses if you wish to.
How long is the consultancy course?
The course is spread over 4 days, unless the group has more than 12 participants, then it is spread over 5 days. It starts every day at 9 am and finishes at 5.30 pm.
How long is the peer supporter course?
The peer supporter course lasts for one day. It starts at 9am and finishes at 5.30pm.
How long is the baby-carrying and infant feeding course?
The baby-carrying and infant feeding course lasts for one day. It starts at 9am and finishes at 5.30pm.
How many participants can you have in any one course?
For the consultancy course:
There is a maximum of fourteen new participants to ensure the quality is not compromised by bigger numbers. There may be previous students coming back to refresh their memory.
If you have a larger group, we are likely to be able to accommodate you but we will need one extra teaching day.
For the peer supporter course and the baby-carrying and infant feeding course:
There is a maximum of twenty new participants to ensure the quality is not compromised by bigger numbers. There may be previous students coming back to refresh their memory.
If you have a larger group, we are likely to be able to accommodate you but we may need another trainer to join us.
Who is the consultancy course for?
Anyone who is interested in baby-carrying and intends on teaching it. If you already have some carrying experience, it has potential to really benefit you, but it is important to be able to open yourself to new ideas and be willing to break some habits you may have. You will also have to get past your previous experiences to learn new skills. If you are very new to baby-carrying this course covers basic knowledge as well as advanced knowledge. The course is built in such a way that each time you attend you might pick up new things, so we look forward to welcoming you back several times. There are also handouts and videos available to be used as refreshers if need be.
Do I need to do anything before the consultancy course?
The more you prepare, the more you will get out of the course. We will ask you to have read the Slingababy website and watched some videos. The links to these will be given prior to the course.
Do I need to bring anything?
A pen! All other equipment will be available (slings and demo dolls) unless it is a course abroad. Feel free to bring any slings you have, especially the ones you are not familiar with. You are welcome to record anything you wish to, as long as it is only for your personal use.
Do I need to do anything after the consultancy course? Is there coursework?
You will be asked to do a project of your choice to benefit the baby-carrying community. It can be an article, a video, an audio document, a compilation of documents, whichever format suits you. We will also ask you to get feedback from your customers to be passed onto us, for us to discuss and to check how we can improve.
Is the consultancy course focused on wraps?
No it most definitely is not. The baby-carrying community encompasses many different types of slings and it would be a shame to only focus on one type. We will work with woven and stretchy wraps, ring slings, mei tais, buckle carriers, pouches, skin to skin tubes, traditional carriers, hybrid carriers…
Can I bring my baby/toddler?
It is up to you, providing he/she is healthy (meaning no chicken pox for instance!). The course is quite intense, so to get the most out of it, you might prefer to be able to focus without having to look after a little one. You can bring another adult to help out or we can try and organise some childcare. If you decide that it is best for you to come with your little one, we will ask you to make sure he/she does not disturb the other participants’ learning. Remember that you can come as many times as you need, so if you do miss some parts of the course, you will be able to come again!
Is the course recognised by BABI (British Association of Babywearing Instructors)?
Yes it is.
Is the course accredited?
No it isn’t and we do not intend on getting it accredited. Our intention is for the course to be of excellent quality: technically, theoretically, humanly… our accreditation is to have Lorette’s name and reputation behind the students.
Will I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes you will. After completion of the little project and reception of the feedback from your customers, you will also receive a certificate of completion of the training.
Will I be able to teach straight after the course?
This is the aim! The reason why the course is spread over four days is to give you a chance to take in new skills as well as the new teaching methods. It is one thing to know how to do something yourself, it is another to know how to teach this skill to others.
Will I be free to teach the way I want or am I expected to do it a specific way?
There is a big section of the course about the ethics behind being a consultant. The philosophy behind Slingababy Training School is about empowering the parents. We will also share some valuable teaching methods with you, however, it is your choice whether you choose to use them or not.
Are there some Continuing Professional Development days?
Yes there are. Twice a year you will be invited back to get to know the other consultants and share our skills and knowledge. There may be themes to these days, if there is sufficient interest to it. These will always be free of charge.
What happens if I miss a day of the course?
The first day of the course lays the foundation for the following three days. It is therefore paramount to attend this day. If you cannot be present, we will ask you to defer to another course, having to go through the whole booking process again as we have limited spaces on our courses. In this case, our refund/cancellation policy will apply.
If you miss day 2, 3 or 4 of the course, then you will need to attend the relevant day(s) of another course. Whilst we will do our best to accommodate you, and we will fit you in on a Rugby course, we may be limited for other locations. You will not have access to the Slingababy community (Facebook group or CPD) or receive a participation certificate until you have attended every day of the course.
Can I get an invoice or receipt for the course?
If you need an invoice or receipt for the course, please do let us know when you book.