Level Six Online Course

Advanced Paediatric Sleep Practitioner Training - 

Moving Theory into Practice 

This is a 14 week OCN London accredited online course and is open to all professionals currently working with children, whether working privately, for a statutory organisation or a charity. 

The course is evidence based and all research is fully referenced so that attendees have the opportunity to further expand their knowledge.

The course covers childhood sleep problems in children aged six months to sixteen years. Course material includes sleep problems in both typically developing children as well as children with complex additional needs.

Watch the video to hear what our January 2020 students had to say when they had finished the course!

Course delivery, dates and cost

The course is designed for those professionals currently working with families who are wanting to develop their knowledge in the field of understanding and managing peadiatric sleep disorders.

Please note that places on this course are limited

Full price £1595 

£1295 for those who have already completed  previous training with EDS Training 

Payments can be made in installments 

Course dates 2022

14th March - 1st July 2022 (includes 2 week Easter break) - now underway

12th September - 16th December 2022. This course is now open for booking

Prices includes access to online course, printed course manual containing all online material posted to your home, personal tutor support as required, access to weekly group meeting, feedback on assignments from your personal tutor and level six OCN accredited course certificate

Find out more here

Who is the course for?

  • Nursery Nurses
  • Sleep Practitioners
  • Maternity Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Health Visitors
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Workers and Learning
  • Disability Nurses
  • Those working with children's charities
  • Other professionals working with children and families

Who is the course not suitable for?

Anyone who is not currently working with children and families, or who has not done so in the past.

Anyone who has little or no prior knowledge of child development.

Anyone wishing to change careers to become a sleep practitioner but does not have professional child development experience.


In order to apply for this course you will be expected to have completed some previous sleep training. This can be training delivered by EDS Training Ltd or by another provider. If your previous training is not with EDS Training you will be expected to have completed training of a similar standard to that offered on our Paediatric Sleep Training for Professionals course. If you are unsure whether or not your previous training is sufficient please do contact us to discuss it.  

Module One

The science of sleep

how does sleep develop, what are they the key points, what do parents need to know and how do we share that information?

Identifying and managing 

common sleep disorders; 

Behavioural Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders and Parasomnias, comparing sleep managements options

Factors influencing parental choice; 

the importance of offering parents sleep management choices, what do we and they need to consider? 

Module Two

Completing sleep assessments 

what exactly do we need to know and why? How to prepare yourself and a family for a sleep assessment

Creating sleep programmes 

what makes a good sleep programme and what doesn’t? What choices do parents have? How much information do parents want and need? What additional information and tools can we use to help families in the successful implementation of sleep programmes? 

The Importance of Safe Sleep Practices: 

A talk from the Lullaby Trust. 

Module Three

A practical week working with a family

reviewing sleep paperwork, completing a real sleep assessment, agreeing a sleep management programme with your family and creating that programme.

Module Four

Sleep and sensory issues in children 

with foetal alcohol syndrome

Sleep and postnatal depression

Sleep and anxiety

Sleep and thermoregulation in babies 

and children with Cerebral Palsy

Module Five

Sleep and Trauma

Sleep, shift work and self-care

Sleep and adolescents

Sleep in special populations 

Sleep in children with ADHD. ASD, Cerebral Palsy, sleep in children with Epilepsy, Sleep in children with allergies and eczema, sleep and reflux 

Module Six

Sleep and attachment

The importance of sleep research

The importance developing reflective practice

Professional responsibilities and 

ongoing support

Additional units

​Using social media to promote your business.

S​leep positions in the third trimester of pregnancy and increased risk of stillbirth

Sleep and emotions

Sleep and school start times for adolescents ​

Sleep regression - what is the evidence?

Tears not fears

Assessments and Time Commitment

There will three assessments during the course, one of which will be an oral assessment conducted via Zoom with your personal tutor, and two written assessments. All assessment criteria must be met in order to gain the level six certificate. Learners will be supported by their personal tutor.

On average 6-7 hours per week is required to complete the course. 

Mentoring and Continuing Professional Development

Once you have completed your training with us, you will be able to book mentoring sessions.

These sessions can be booked either on a regular basis, or on an as and when required basis.

These sessions will enable you to work with families with confidence, and should you or your families have any difficulties, then these sessions will enable you to unpick the complexities of the case with a highly skilled and experienced sleep professional.

You will also be invited to join a closed Facebook group of other professionals who have trained with us, so that as a community we can all continue to learn from each other, share ideas, and share new research as it becomes available.  

Continuing professional development is a key part of what EDS Training is able to offer, and on completion of the course you will be eligible to attend our annual Sleep Update Day. This will enable you to continue to advance your learning and help you to stay up to date with latest research. 

By the end of the course you should...

  • Be confident in assessing and identifying behavioural insomnia disorders in babies, children and adolescents
  • Be confident in discussing sleep management options with parents and know the evidence for the efficacy of these options
  • Understand the importance of the collaborative process between parent and sleep practitioner
  • Be confident in the writing of sleep management programmes to support a variety of sleep disorders in babies, children and adolescents
  • Understand the different sleep disorders more commonly found in certain populations of children and adolscents.
  • Understand the latest research into safe sleep practices and be confident in advising new parents
  • Understanding the impact that Post Natal Depression can have on sleep problems
  • Understand the impact that trauma can have on sleep problems
  • Understand the importance of developing a professional reflective practice
  • Understand the importance of reviewing latest sleep research
  • Understand your professional responsibilities.
  • Understand the importance of caring for yourself as a professional and knowing how to obtain ongoing support