Babywearing Training Feedback

As the provider of the UK’s only accredited babywearing training courses, we love receiving feedback, whether positive or with suggestions for ways in which we can make our courses even better.

Here’s a little selection of some of the feedback we have received recently on our Level 3 Babywearing Consulting Course and Level 2 Babywearing Peer Supporter Course.

“I was impressed with the breadth and depth of the material covered”

“I already use [the knowledge and skills taught] on a daily basis with the midwifery patients I meet”

“We were taught by an incredibly knowledgeable and adaptable trainer who worked well to deliver in a variety of learning styles”

“I was able to leave knowing I could give the correct safety and positioning advice as well as pros and cons of different types of carriers/slings, and demonstrate use”

“I was very impressed by all aspects of the course, venue and the colleagues I met as part of it.  We have gone on to form a friendship group that continues to provide each other support months down the line”

“Thanks for a great experience!”

“As I am already a consultant I was a little apprehensive about what I would learn on the course but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and found the theory behind babywearing fascinating”

See our upcoming babywearing training our our course calendar.

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Accredited Babywearing Training Certificates

School of Babywearing Accredited trainingBig pile of certificates heading off in the post today.  I love sending them out to the qualified babywearing peer supporters and consultants.

As the only accredited babywearing training in the UK, The School of Babywearing is very proud of the hard work, knowledge and skills shown by our students.



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New Babywearing Training Dates

School of babywearing Training course14 new courses on the system today! All open for bookings now with big Early Bird discounts. (And a round up of existing courses too for ease.)

Our courses are the only recognised UK qualifications in babywearing and will give you access to specially arranged insurance policies.

The Babywearing Peer Support course (one day) offers formal recognition of the skills of people who give information about slings and baby carriers through Sling Meets, sling libraries, antenatal classes or postnatal groups.

The Babywearing Consultancy course (three days) is aimed at people who give (or would like to give) one-to-one advice to parents about choosing slings and baby carriers. It will qualify you to work as a Babywearing Consultant and you will be awarded a Level 3 qualification accredited by TQUK.

If you aren’t sure which course to opt for, you can find some helpful information on how to choose the right course.

London Peer Supporter – next weekend – ONE Place available due to cancellation

London Consultancy – next weekend – ONE place available due to cancellation

Glasgow Peer Supporter – 2nd Oct 2016

North Devon Consultancy – 28th-30th October – apply for waiting list

Newcastle Peer Supporter – 4th November

Newcastle Consultancy – 4th-6th November

Birmingham Area Peer Supporter – 25th November

Manchester Area Peer Supporter – 20th January 2017

Manchester Area Consultancy – 20th-22nd January 2017

London Peer Supporter – 17th February 2017

London Consultancy – 17th-19th February 2017

Salisbury Peer Supporter – 10th March 2017

Salisbury Consultancy – 10-12th March 2017

Birmingham Area Peer Supporter – 31st March 2017

Birmingham Area Consultancy – 31st March – 2nd April 2017

London Peer Supporter – 28th April 2017

London Consultancy – 28th-30th April 2017

Manchester Peer Supporter – 9th June 2017

Manchester Consultancy – 9th-11th June 2017

And as ever, we are happy to look at putting on private or group courses for NHS Trusts or Sling Libraries – full details.

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Course Diary 2016

2015 was another very busy year for the School of Babywearing.  Nearly 300 people attended our training courses, both here in the UK and as far afield as Malaysia & Singapore and hundreds of delegates visited the Second European Babywearing Conference.

2016 is shaping up to be just as busy – we have added even more dates to our training schedule so there are now 19 courses in the UK in the first half of the year.

We are continuing to grow internationally too, with courses planned in new countries such as Australia and Norway.

The up to date UK schedule is listed below in date order:

22nd January Stockport Peer Supporter and Consultancy
5th February  Aberdeen Consultancy and Wrapping for Educators CPD
February  Melbourne, Australia
12th February  Peterborough Peer Supporter and Consultancy
13th February  Stoke on Trent Peer Supporter
26th February  London Peer Supporter and Consultancy
March  Norway
11th March  Leeds Peer Supporter
11th March  North Devon Peer Supporter and Consultancy
8th April  Lincoln/Boston Peer Supporter
22nd April  Brighton Peer Supporter
22nd April  Newcastle Consultancy
6th May  Milton Keynes Peer Supporter and Consultancy
10th June  Romsey Peer Supporter and Consultancy

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Babywearing Books


Babywearing Books

Looking for something to read or a present idea for a babywearer this Christmas? We have just updated our lists of Babywearing Books and Babywearing Books for Children. Let us know if we’ve missed any that you know about.

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500th Trainee Competition – Prizes worth £500

500peopleThe School of Babywearing started training babywearing professionals in 2011 and we are just about to meet our 500th trainee!

We are so proud of this achievement that we are offering an amazing prize worth £500 to one lucky babywearing advocate.

Find out more and enter this babywearing competition here.

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Babywearing Reading List

readinggirlThere is no compulsory reading for our courses but if you’d like to read more about babywearing, you may be interested in these books and articles. If you’re more interested in books for children, see our Babywearing Books for Children page. Some of the links on both these pages are affiliate links that will generate some money for Babywearing UK which will be used for projects that support the production of more free babywearing resources.

Please visit Babywearing UK’s research pages for further details of articles & research too. Know of a book that we’ve missed? Use the comments section below to tell us about it.

Practical Skills of Babywearing

Maria Blois (2005) Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of This Ancient Tradition

Manuela Favreau (2009) L’art de porter bébé – Nouages et positions

Evelin Kirkilionis (2014) A Baby Wants to be Carried: Everything you need to know about baby carriers and the benefits of babywearing

Rosie Knowles (2015): Why Babywearing Matters

Ingrid Van Den Peereboom (2017) Peau à peau : Technique et pratique du portage

Tummy 2 Tummy the Babywearing Instructional [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Principles of Babywearing

Cécile Cortet & Céline Guerrand-Frénais (2013) Porter mon bébé

Claude-Suzanne Didierjean-Jouveau (2006) Porter bébé : Avantages et bienfaits

Katie Allison Granju (1999) Attachment Parenting : Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child

Mei-Ling Hopgood (2013) How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: Parenting wisdom from around the world

Lynne Murray (2014) The Psychology of Babies: How relationships support development from birth to two

Regina Schön (2007) Natural Parenting: Back to Basics in Infant Care Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 5(1)

William & Martha Sears (2013) The Baby Book Revised edition, Chapter 14 Babywearing

LC van Hout (2011) Beloved Burden: Baby Carriers in Different Countries(unrevised reprint)

Aradia Wyndham (2015) The Evolution of Babywearing: Europe: Medieval and Early Modern Infant Carriers

Anatomy, Physiology & Development

Maria Blois (2007) Hold Me Close: Encouraging Essential Mother/Baby Physical Contact

Carol Chamley, Pauline Carson, Duncan Randall, Winifred Mary Sandwell (2005) Developmental Anatomy and Physiology of Children: A Practical Approach

Lise Eliot (2001) What’s Going on in There?

Sue Gerhardt (2014) Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain

Lynne Murray & Liz Andrews (2005) The Social Baby: Understanding Babies’ Communication from Birth

Margot Sunderland (2016) What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child’s development

Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg (2011) The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing

Hetty van de Rijt & Frans Plooij (2013) The Wonder Weeks

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Policy on assessment malpractice

Policy on Assessment Malpractice

Malpractice consists of those acts which undermine the integrity and validity of assessment, the certification of qualifications and the authority of those responsible for conducting assessment and certification.

The School of Babywearing does not tolerate actions (or attempted actions) of malpractice by learners or by staff, in connection with any of our qualifications.

Awarding bodies may impose penalties and/or sanctions on learners or centres where incidents (or attempted incidents) of malpractice have been proven.

Learner malpractice may include:

• Plagiarism by copying and passing off, as the learner’s own, all or part of another person’s work, of any kind and, in particular, items from a website, without the originator’s permission and without appropriately acknowledging the source
• Collusion by working collaboratively with other learners to produce work that is submitted as individual learner work. Teamwork is valuable and an essential key skill in many sectors and must be evidenced appropriately
• Impersonation, by pretending to be someone else
• Failing to abide by the instructions or advice of an assessor or awarding body regulations
• Misuse of assessment material
• The alteration of any results document, including certificates

Centre staff malpractice may include:

• Alteration of the awarding body’s assessment and grading criteria
• Allowing evidence, which is known by the staff member not to be the learner’s own, to be included in a learner’s portfolio
• Producing falsified witness statements, for example for evidence the learner has not generated
• Misusing the conditions for Reasonable Adjustments or Special Considerations such that the support has the potential to influence the outcome of the assessment
• Failing to keep learner computer files secure
• Falsifying records/certificates, for example by alteration, substitution or fraud
• Fraudulent certificate claims, by claiming for a certificate prior to the learner completing all the requirements of assessment
• Maladministration, by failing to keep the required records and documents and failing to adhere to awarding body administrative procedures

Preventing Malpractice and Maladministration

It will always be preferable to prevent malpractice and maladministration than to deal with it once it has occurred. In order to do this, the School of Babywearing will:
• Ensure our Centre Administrative contact understands what activity constitutes malpractice or maladministration; their role in preventing it and the need to communicate relevant points to all members of centre staff.
• Develop qualification delivery and assessment systems and procedures that are clearly laid out and communicated to Centres in plain English.
• Communicate any changes to systems and procedures to Centres in a clear and timely manner.
• Monitor the in-Centre procedure for preventing and dealing with malpractice or maladministration is clearly defined and communicated within the Centre.
• Ensure that quality monitoring of all centres is carried out regularly and thoroughly by appropriately trained awarding organisation staff / representatives.
• Ensure that quality monitoring activity (Quality Reviewer/ External Verifier visits for example) include the opportunity to review how the in-Centre procedure for preventing and dealing with malpractice or maladministration is working and identify improvements, where necessary.
• Ensure that the Sanctions Policy is clearly documented and communicated to all Centres to clearly state what the repercussions of malpractice or maladministration could be.
• Provide support to ensure all Centre staff understand their role and responsibility fully.
• Assess the risk posed by each Centre in relation to potential for malpractice and maladministration and taking appropriate steps in response to that level of perceived risk.
• Identify and share good practice.


The fundamental principle of investigations is to conduct them in a fair, reasonable and legal manner, ensuring that all relevant information is considered without bias. In carrying out investigations, Gateway Qualifications will usually aim to deal directly with the Head of the School of Babywearing or their nominee.

Gateway Qualifications may decide to:
1. Instruct the School of Babywearing to conduct an investigation; or,
2. Conduct an investigation itself; or,
3. Nominate a third party to carry out the investigation on its behalf.

Where TQUK instructs the School of Babywearing to conduct an investigation. The investigation should be carried out by the Head of the School of Babywearing or their nominee as quickly as is possible in accordance with the School of Babywearing policy and procedures, and should be consistent with a fair and thorough investigation.

Where TQUK decides to carry out the investigation itself (where the School of Babywearing does not have the capacity to conduct an investigation, or where the issue is very serious) it should do so in line with its stated policies and procedures.

Where an awarding body appoints an investigator they should be independent of normal or day-to-day working relationships with the centre or individual(s) under investigation. They should also be fully informed about TQUK policies and procedures.

During the investigation

Where the School of Babywearing undertakes the investigation, the investigation of the alleged malpractice or maladministration should:
• Establish the facts, circumstances, and scale of the alleged malpractice or maladministration.
• Identify and, if necessary, take action to minimise the risk to current learners and requests for certification.
• Identify evidence to support any action/decision to be applied.
• Show that discussions have been conducted with individuals-learners and/or staff- in accordance with the School of Babywearing’s own policy and procedures.

When the School of Babywearing conducts the investigation the following principles should be adhered to:
• Confidentiality – all material collected as part of the investigation must be kept secure and not normally disclosed to any third parties (other than regulator or police).
• Rights of individuals –where an individual is suspected of malpractice they should be
o Informed of the allegation made against them (preferably in writing) and the evidence that supports the allegation.
o Provided with the opportunity to consider their response to the allegation and submit a written statement or seek advice, if they wish to.
o Informed of what the possible consequences could be if the malpractice is proven and of the possibility that other parties may be informed e.g. the regulators, the police, the funding agency and professional bodies.
o Informed of the School of Babywearing’s appeals process.
o Advised where the School of Babywearing staff members are interviewed during an investigation that is being carried out by the School of Babywearing, these interviews should be carried out in line with the School of Babywearing policy and procedures (the School of Babywearing’s policy for conducting disciplinary enquiries).
o Advised that they are accompanied by a friend or colleague and these requests should be processed in line with the School of Babywearing and/or TQUK’s policy.
• Where a learner is to be interviewed and they are a minor or vulnerable adult, the School of Babywearing and/or awarding organisation should consider the need to have a parent or guardian or carer present or to have the permission of a parent or guardian or carer prior to the interview taking place.
• Where legal advisors are to be present during interviews this must be made known to other parties involved to give them the same opportunity to be similarly supported.
• Retention and storage of evidence and records – all relevant documents and evidence should be retained in line TQUK’s Malpractice and Maladministration Policy.
• Decisions and action plans – all conclusions and decisions should be based on evidence. A course of proposed action should be identified, agreed between the centre and TQUK, implemented and monitored by TQUK to the point of completion. The actions should address the improvements that are required to the centre’s policies and procedures as well as any action that is related to staff or other resources.

Where the investigation into the alleged malpractice has been carried out by the centre, the Head of the School of Babywearing or their nominee should submit a written report to TQUK.

The report should be accompanied by the following documentation, as appropriate:
• A statement of the facts, a detailed account of the circumstances of alleged malpractice, and details of any investigations carried out by the centre.
• Written statements from the School of Babywearing staff and learners who have been interviewed as part of the investigation.
• Any work of the learners and internal assessment or verification records relevant to the investigation.
• In the case of learner malpractice, any remedial action being taken by the centre to ensure the integrity of certification now and in the future.
• Any mitigating factors that should be considered.

In those cases where TQUK carries out its own investigation, the Head of the School of Babywearing or their nominee should be provided with an opportunity to comment on the factual accuracy of the investigation report before it is finalised

The Decision
Gateway Qualifications will follow its specific procedures for arriving at a final decision on the malpractice investigation, as set out in the Malpractice and Maladministration Policy.

The decision stage should aim to:
• Identify the regulatory/centre approval criteria which it is alleged have been compromised.
• Consider the facts of the case.
• Decide, on the facts, whether malpractice has occurred.
• Establish who is responsible if criteria have been compromised.
• Determine an appropriate level of remedial action to be applied.

In the event of malpractice by a centre, TQUK would consider action to:
• Minimise the risk to the integrity of certification now and in the future.
• Maintain public confidence in the delivery and awarding of qualifications.
• Discourage others from doing likewise.
• Ensure there has been no gain from compromising standards.
• Advise the regulatory authorities of the outcome, where relevant.

In the event of malpractice by a learner, TQUK would consider the remedial action being taken by the School of Babywearing, and advise on its appropriateness.

TQUK’s decision to take further action following the outcome of the investigation will be based only on the evidence available. The decision must be justifiable, reasonable and consistent.

Dealing with cases

The School of Babywearing will implement a system and procedure for recording all suspected or alleged instances of learner malpractice. This will be reviewed by Quality Reviewers as part of their Centre monitoring activities.

If the School of Babywearing staff suspect there has been learner Malpractice before claims for certification are made, or before a monitoring visit, they will:
• Familiarise themselves, and follow TQUK’s procedures for amending results and returning certificates. You must tell Gateway Qualifications about invalid certificates.
• Ensure learners are aware of the School of Babywearing’s policy on Malpractice.
• Conduct an investigation in accordance with the School of Babywearing’s policy and procedures.
• Ensure learners results are not submitted to TQUK during the course of the investigation.
• Apply an appropriate action/decision when a case of suspected learner malpractice is upheld.
• Review the School of Babywearing’s internal quality assurance procedures to minimise the risk of further malpractice.
• Advise Gateway Qualifications to withhold certification for the qualification or unit where the outcome of the investigation merits it.
• Report the matter to TQUK and to the police if you consider, before or during the investigation, that a malpractice case involves a criminal act.

TQUK will try to minimise any disadvantage to learners in dealing with invalid certification.

In conducting an investigation, the School of Babywearing is required to retain records and documentation for five years. In an investigation involving a criminal prosecution or civil claim, records and documentation should be retained for five years after the case and appeal has been heard. Records should include:
• Report of the facts, account of circumstances and details of investigation carried out by the School of Babywearing.
• Written statements from staff and learners.
• Any learner work, assessment and internal verification records.
• Details of actions taken to ensure the integrity of certification claims.

Policy Reviewed October 2015
Review Date October 2016

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Feedback on our courses

Want to hear from some of our previous course participants? See our new Feedback page to read what they thought of their training with us.

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Gentle Dance taster sessions in London, 18 – 19 October 2013

You are invited to a unique DEMO of GENTLE DANCE, a new program being introduced slingdanceby its creator/choreographer,  ALYSARA GREEN (of Israel and NYC).

Please select one of the following Demo Dates and reply ASAP directly to Aly at  These are the availabl

FRIDAY, 18th of OCTOBER, 1:00 – 2.30pm

SATURDAY, 19th of OCTOBER, 1:00-2:30 pm

Aly will be introducing both of her class offerings:

GENTLE DANCE for WOMEN of all ages


Following the Demo, we will discuss the possibility of holding an inaugural GENTLE DANCE INSTRUCTOR-CANDIDATES Workshop in London in early 2014!  (Please Note:  GENTLE DANCE  is NOTa franchise program.  Aly is offering a certification course that would allow successful candidates to become Gentle Dance Instructors according to its course guidelines.

Both GENTLE DANCE classes incorporate Positive Touch and Rhythmic Movement and are designed to de-stress, relax, and connect participants.  The instructor-led, low-impact dance-exercises have all been created  and choreographed by Aly and incorporate a wide selection of music genres.

A bit about Aly:

Dance Background:

Creator/choreographer of Gentle Dance

Instructor of dance (all ages) and toddler movement over many years

A life-long student of dance (first recital at age 3!)


M.S. degree: Training Design,  NEw York Inst. of Technology, NYC

B.A. degree:  New School for Social Research, NYC


Instructor of Infant Massage (CIMI)

IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage)

Member: IAIM – Israel Chapter

Instructor of Massage in Schools Program (MISP)

MISA (the Massage in Schools Association)

Member: MISA-EWNI (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland)

Cross-Cultural Train-the-Trainer Workshop Participant

SIETAR and Georgetown University, Wash., DC, USA

Member: SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education and

Research) – UK Chapter

Classroom Teacher in various grades/subjects/settings

NYC Department of Education

(Retired) Member: UFT (United Federation of Teachers), NYC



SKYPE: alysaramg

+ 972 (0)54 240 1322   (main mobile)

+     1  646 522 0368        (when in the USA)

+   44 (0)7949 924867  (when in the UK)

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