Sleep and Settling Training for the MCH Workforce

Maternal and Child Health Workforce Training Program

In recognising the importance of sleep for a child’s long term development and for the wellbeing of families, the Victorian government developed a new evidence-informed Sleep and Settling Model of Care (the model). The model was developed with consultants from KPMG in consultation with MCH and other Advisory groups.

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service together with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) have delivered a three phase training package for the MCH workforce. This training program is supported by the Victorian Government.

Online training (Phase 1) 

The online course consists of an overview, six learning modules, videos and the library. Each module provides an overview of the many elements that impact babies’ sleep and settling behaviour.

This includes detailed information from the model and evidence-based research; visual representations; videos which include interviews with experts and best practice examples of MCH and Early Parenting Practitioners working with families. Each module takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.

The online course is hosted on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the CFECFW until December 2023 to eligible staff and university students. If you are new to this course please go to this site to register. For assistance with existing participant logins please contact the CFECFW.

Who can undertake the online training?

Your MCH Coordinator (or equivalent role) can register eligible staff to receive this training. The following staff are required to undertake the training:

  • MCH Coordinators and Team Leaders
  • MCH Nurses
  • MCH Line Staff
  • MCH Support and Allied Health staff working in the Enhanced MCH Program
  • MCH Nurses, Team Leaders and Early Parenting Practitioners working in Early Parenting Centres
  • Students currently completing the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing
  • MCH Nurses and Aboriginal Health and Family Support Practitioners working with families in Aboriginal organisations through the Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Program.

Professionals who do not work in Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service teams located in Local Government, Regional Health Service, Early Parenting Centre or ACCHO are not eligible to attend this training course.

Tweddle may offer further training in Sleep and Settling in a similar workshop format in the future. This opportunity may also be available to other professionals (who are not working in MCH services). If you wish to be included on a mailing list please indicate your interest via email to

Workshops (Phase 2)

Tweddle has delivered 49 workshops across the state since June 2021. The MCH workforce attended a 6-hour workshop as part of the second phase of this Sleep and Settling training program. The workshop schedule included 79 LGAs, ten Aboriginal Organisations, three Early Parenting Centres and three universities.

Train the trainer (Phase 3)

Tweddle has trained 5-10% of the MCH workforce in Sleep and Settling – Train the Trainer. Each team now has a Sleep and Settling champion who can support and train their peers in the model, including MCH workforce staff and recent graduates.

Using the course information with families

The workbook and videos were written for the MCH sector as a professional development tool and can be shown to Victorian MCH service teams for further discussion. The course information is not suitable to be shared with families in its entirety. However, once the MCH Service has completed the Phase 2 workshop, the MCH service can share pages 25 and 68-71 of the workbook with families. When an original source, such as Purple Crying, is located on the internet these can also be shared with families. These original sources are included in the workbook’s references.

Sleep and settling fact sheets

A suite of 14 sleep and settling fact sheets have been developed to provide information and support to parents, caregivers, and service providers. These will support consistent and evidence-informed approaches to sleep and settling information sessions. Sleep and Settling Simple English Fact Sheets and Community Languages Fact Sheets have also been developed. Visit the Sleep – Your Baby, Toddler and Preschooler  page to view the fact sheets.

Further information

Are you part of the Victorian MCH Workforce and want to know more information about the Sleep and Settling training program? Please email your questions to

Tweddle acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.


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