Sleep Soundly

Teaching, babies, children and young people how to sleep.
Training for Nannies, Nursery Nurses, Maternity Nurses, Health Visitors and all other health professionals
Talks for parents, students and staff in education.  

Paediatric Sleep Training Course for Professionals

EDS Training Ltd

This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office and has been awarded 21 CPD points

To apply please email [email protected] 

Evelyn Stewart –Lead Trainer

Evelyn Stewart has considerable experience teaching on the subject of sleep, not only in her previous role as a key trainer with the NHS Southampton Sleep Training team, but also teaching at numerous prestigious schools and colleges around the UK, and talking at conferences. As part of her role within the NHS Evelyn has taught on the subject of sleep both nationally and internationally, and has taught health professionals from all backgrounds including doctors, nurses, psychologists and many others. Evelyn now wishes to continue to offer this same high standard of training privately.

For further information about Evelyn’s previous experience please see below.

Guest Speakers

There will a number of guests speakers talking on their own areas of expertise throughout the course.

Paediatric Sleep Training Course for Professionals

This course is open to all professionals currently working with children, whether working for a statutory organisation or not. Attendees are expected to have a well-established knowledge of child development.

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


Paediatric Sleep Training Course

This is a three-day training course for professionals wanting to build on their knowledge of childhood sleep problems in children aged from birth to 16 years.

This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office and carries 21 CPD points. A certificate will be issued on completion of the course.

Who is the course for?

·         Nursery Nurses

·         Maternity Nurses

·         Nursery Nurses and Nanny’s

·         Health Visitors

.         Clinical/Educational Psychologists 

.         Occupational Therapists

.        Mental Health Workers and Learning Disability Nurses

.        Those working with children's charities

·        Anybody who currently works with children and families, and has a well established knowledge of child development, and who would like to develop a better understanding and knowledge on how to advice parents on the management of common childhood sleep problems.

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. 

Course Content

Topics covered are;

·         The Impact of Sleep Problems

·         The importance of healthy sleep in babies and children – what does the research tell us?

·         Sleep Science - how sleep works and what is normal?

·         Common sleep problems in babies and children, and how to advise parents appropriately to meet the needs of the whole family.

·         What is the right sleep environment?

.         Safe sleep

.         Good sleep hygiene – what do we know from research about the impact of exercise, diet and routines on sleep?

·         Behavioural insomnia sleep training techniques – ensuring that they are age and stage appropriate

·         How our different cultures influence our sleep practices - giving parents choices

·         Helping parents avoid the pitfalls – getting it right from the beginning

·         Barriers to change – why do some people find change harder than others?

·         Sleep Resources – the little things that can make a big difference

·         ADHD and sleep – does ADHD always mean ADHD?

·         Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy and sleep

·         How to spot the less common sleep disorders

·         When to refer onto a specialist service


By the end of the course you should;

·         Understand the importance of healthy sleep on growth, development and learning

·         Be able to advise new parents on how to instil healthy sleep habits from the start.

·         Be able to identify common childhood sleep disorders

·         Be able to create an individual action plan and support parents in addressing behavioural sleep issues, and tailor this plan to the individual needs of the family, taking into account parenting style preferences.

·         Be able to recognise the possible symptoms of the less common sleep disorders

·         Know when to refer a child to a specialist service.


Course dates

12th, 13th, 14th October 2108

22nd, 23rd, 24th March 2019

Course Venue:

Mercure Wessex Hotel

Paternoster Row


SO23 9LQ

Excellent public transport links by train, road and air.

Local park and ride.

Local Car Parks (charges apply)

Course Fees:

£480.00 Flexible payment options are available, please just ask for details.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments included in the course fee.

Course fees also include all printed course material and a certificate on completion of the course

How to Apply

To apply for a place please email  [email protected] and a an application forma and booking conditions will be emailed to you

What do past course attendees say about the course?

"I loved this course so much. Not only did I feel that we were being taught by competent, experienced people who had the latest and most up to date information, they also showed a comprehensive and sympathetic understanding of the reality that the parents and other family members are going thorough which leads to a more holistic approach ensuring everyone’s needs are taken in to consideration.
The course itself was well structured and very interesting. My poor brain did sometimes complain towards the end of the three days, but it was well worth the effort, plus meeting, and being able to work with so many interesting and dedicated people on the course was inspirational, and helped pull everything together and make sense.
I would highly recommend this course for anyone with a serious interest in offering sleep advice to children or families. I don’t believe a more thorough and comprehensive course exists in this country" Maternity Nurse

"The course was one of the most useful pieces of training I have attended in 20 years of working with children and families in various roles. Not only was it fascinating, but it gave me everything I needed to start working more effectively with sleep difficulties from the very next day, and that is exactly what I did. I would not hesitate to recommend this training to other educational psychologists.  " Educational Psychologist

"I cant recommend this course highly enough, it was exceptional" Health Visitor

"I found these last three days so interesting, you had my full attention from the start, I was captivated throughout"


Mentoring Sessions

Mentoring sessions can be booked post course attendance at the cost of £45 for 30 minutes, and £60 for 60 minutes.


Course Trainers:

Evelyn Stewart – As well as running Sleep-Soundly and EDS Training, Evelyn was the Senior Paediatric Sleep Practitioner within NHS Southampton Children’s Sleep Disorder Service in Southampton for nearly nine years where she managed a team of practitioners, in addition to being a course facilitator and trainer for the NHS Southampton Sleep Training Courses, teaching approximately 40% of the course. The Southampton courses have been highly praised by its attendees, many of whom are Consultant Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists, Health Visitors, CAMHS Practitioners, LD Nurses etc. Evelyn is pleased to be able to continue to offer this same high standard of teaching privately . For a fuller description of Evelyn’s work and experience please see the “About Me” page of this website


Kirsty Vant - Kirsty trained as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse with a combined BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing from South Bank University in 1997. After 5 years working with adults as a general nurse, Kirsty joined the NHS School Nursing team in Ashford, Kent. 

In 2007 Kirsty completed a postgraduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing and in 2012 completed additional training at Canterbury Christ Church University to become dual qualified as a Health Visitor and School Nurse. She has been working with children and families for 15 years and has experience within both statutory and private services.

In 2015 Kirsty founded Nurture Family Health which offers assessment and support to children and families with a range of sleep problems. In addition to sleep, Kirsty is a qualified counsellor and has a particular interest in emotional health with experience of working with attachment issues, eating, anxiety and postnatal depression. Kirsty works both on a one to one basis with clients or in groups, either as part of therapy or training. Kirsty has completed Southampton Sleep Practitioner Training course, she has worked with children of all ages from babies to teenagers. Kirsty is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Guest Speakers;

Jenny Stephenson - Jenny is a chartered educational psychologist with a specialist role in the area of sleep and well-being. She is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of sleep on children’s development and applying evidence-based practice to support families and schools in this area. She has worked as an educational psychologist for the local authority since 2005 and her practice has included training for schools, parents and professionals on understanding and managing children’s sleep and training for schools on promoting healthy sleep. Jenny has a special interest in sleep related anxiety and is an executive committee member of the British Sleep Society. 

Katie Palmer - Katie has been working with families on a one to one basis for 22 years. She completed her NNEB training and worked as a nanny around the world before moving to London. Katie then completed the MNT Maternity Nurse course, which resulted in her working as a private Maternity Nurse. This work evolved and Katie became a sleep trainer, setting up a very successful private sleep consultancy with two fellow practitioners. She attended the Southampton Sleep Practitioner Training course in 2012, which furthered her own professional knowledge, and provided her with more effective ways of giving parents informed, research based choices, to manage their children's sleep problems. Katie's has joined the EDS Training team as a guest speaker as she is keen to share her expertise and knowledge regarding sleep issues in little ones with other health professionals.

Sarah Wilson - Sarah originally started her career in government and headed up a training & policy team that dealt with housing, benefits and poverty. She also volunteered at a food bank in London and wrote the policy on homelessness and addiction.

Sarah now works for the Lullaby Trust which is the UK’s leading charity on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). As part of her work for the Lullaby Trust Sarah trains all over the country on safer sleep and bereavement support to a wide audience, including doctors, nurses, health visitors, midwives and the police. Sarah also attends various Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP’s) and advises on national SIDS policy. During the Paediatric Sleep Training Course for Professionals Sarah shares her experiences of working with families who have lost a child to SIDS, as well as looks at the statistics, and advises on safe sleep practices

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