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The Babywearing Peer Support course 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 course focuses on the Practical Skills of Babywearing, including sling safety and checking slings for wear and tear. You’ll attend a one-day workshop or take part in an online course with a 2.5 hour live class and complete your qualification through home study and coursework. By the end of your training, you should be able to:
Show an awareness of different ways of using a range of slings and baby carriers to meet individual needs
Assess the benefits and potential disadvantages of different types of slings and baby carriers for specific parents’ needs
Understand how slings should be worn safely and how the incorrect use of slings can affect the health and wellbeing of parent and baby/child
This course is delivered through a series of online learning modules, which can be completed at your own pace. Tutor support is available throughout, with an online Tutor Chat facility that allows you to chat to a tutor, ask questions and share information. Each lesson has a comprehensive handout that you can download and print and a notes page that allows you to take your own notes as you learn. Most lessons have short tests that allow you to check your understanding before you move on.
There is also a live online lesson that you must participate in. Please note the technical requirements needed to join this online session. You will complete your course through the online tests and coursework questions. You should complete these within six months of starting the course. You will also need access to a selection of slings and carriers.
You can access the online course from the 13th of May June. It should ideally be started by the 20th of June but get in touch if you would like to book on after this date.
The live class is currently scheduled for the following dates and times (all times UK BST, GMT + 1):
Saturday 25th July: 9.30am – 12.30pm
These times can be altered, subject to discussion with the group, so please get in touch if you would like to take part but cannot make this date. Coursework will be due on the 25th of January 2021.
Carrie Roberts and Victoria Ward are the tutors for this course. Read more about Carrie and our other tutors on our tutor page. You will be able to contact them throughout your course using the Tutor Chat facility.
To join the course, you will need access to a high-speed internet connection and a device that has a camera, a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
To take part in live sessions, practise key skills and facilitate practice consultations, you will need access to the following slings and carriers (see the Babywearing UK resource page for details of what falls into each category):
a ring sling
a stretchy wrap
a woven wrap
a meh dai
a buckle carrier
You may also want access to:
a stretchy hybrid
We would recommend you work with a local sling library, if you have one, to borrow slings and carriers or we offer a hire/buy scheme.Date/Time
9:30 am - 12:30 pm