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 Child and Family Welfare have developed a training package in the model, consisting of an online training course and face to face workshops that will build on the existing capability of the MCH workforce. This training program is supported by the Victorian Government.

Who can undertake the training?

Your MCH Coordinator (or equivalent role) will 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.

Roll-out of face to face workshops

As part of the second phase of training the Victorian MCH Workforce is required to attend a 6-hour face to face workshop that will be delivered across the state from June 2021 to March 2022. Due to the lockdown/continuing COVID restrictions, the face to face workshops have been moved to the Zoom platform.  The workshop schedule includes 79 LGAs, ten Aboriginal Organisations, three Early Parenting Centres and students. Workshop registration links are now being made available to these organisations.

Before registering for this workshop please be reminded that staff must have obtained the online training certificate by completing all modules and pre and post evaluation questions.

Registrations will close five (5) working days prior to a workshop event date. If staff cannot attend with their team for a valid reason, an alternative workshop link will be provided on request. Workshops with some additional attendance capacity (this is subject to change) are as follows:

Mop-up workshop sessions

Date:  Wednesday 8 December 2021

Time: 9.15 am

Location: On Zoom

Reserve your ticket for this workshop by sending an email request to

Please note that registrations for this workshop will close on 3rd December at 11.30 pm or until sold out

Date:  Wednesday 30 March 2022

Time: 9.30 am

Location: On Zoom

Reserve your ticket for this workshop by sending an email request to

Please note that registrations for this workshop will close on 25th March at 11.30 pm or until sold out

Online Training

The online course consists of an overview, six learning modules, workshops videos and the Library. Each module will provide detailed information from the Model of Care and evidence-based research; visual representations; videos with experts, MCH and interviews with parents. The modules provide an overview of the many elements that impact babies’ sleep and settling behaviour. Each module will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. The training will be available online until June 2023.

For assistance with online training registration or login please contact the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare at

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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