About the course

At the London School of Childcare Studies, we are dedicated to providing our learners with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their roles and positively impact the lives of newborns and their families

Our programme is designed by pregnancy and birth professionals, parenting specialists, childbirth educators, and more.

Our Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme is accredited through the Open College Network at Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5:

Level 3 Maternity Nurse Practitioner Foundation
Level 4 Maternity Nurse Practitioner Diploma
Level 5 Maternity Nurse Practitioner Advanced Diploma
Although the primary focus is for those intent on a career as a non medical maternity nurse, it is also popular and suitable for midwives, health visitors, nannies, Early Years practitioners, and other professionals who want to learn more about holistic, evidence-based, approach to the care of a newborn and related impact on the family.

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Flexible Learning options

We offer three different ways of learning to match what each student wants and needs.

  1. E-learning: You can start whenever you want and learn at your own speed. You can also join a live online or classroom session if you want.
  2. Online cohort/Virtual Classroom: We have set times throughout the year where we teach through virtual  classrooms (see dates and book below).
  3. Classroom – (blended for levels 4 and 5) As an alternative option, we teach the level 3 content in a classroom setting over a 2 day weekend in central London. If you’re studying for Level 4 or 5, we teach Modules 4-7 in our virtual classroom (see dates and book below).

Regardless of which route you choose, all students get access to all – that means if you start on the eLearning route, you are welcome to join the online sessions, and likewise if you enrol on the online cohort you get access to the complete eLearning course. That’s flexibility!

Which level is right for me?

The level 3 foundation is ideal for someone who wants to begin working as a maternity nurse, or for someone who works in a related field, but requires further specific training with regards to newborns.

The levels 4 diploma is designed to provide more comprehensive training and would suit people who already have some experience of either working with newborns or generally in the childcare industry.

The level 5 advanced diploma is our most comprehensive that covers some of the important considerations around maternal mental health as well as infants with special needs.

Course structure

Level 3 foundation

  • 4 live sessions
  • Level 3 specific assignments
  • Online content
  • Trainer support

Level 4 diploma

  • Includes all Level 3 content
  • Further 2 live sessions
  • Level 4 specific assignments
  • Online content
  • Trainer support
  • Additional free access to the Reflux, colic and food sensitivities workshop

Level 5 advanced diploma

  • Includes all Level 4 content
  • Further 2 live sessions
  • Level 5 specific assignments
  • Online content
  • Trainer support
  • Additional free access to the Reflux, colic and food sensitivities workshop

Level 3

Module 1 – Physiology and development of the new born

  • Initial checks
  • Developmental characteristics
  • Developmental issues
  • Infant development
  • Attachment, temperament and sensitivity
  • Parental adjustment

Module 2 – Care of the infant

  • Sleep hygiene
  • Feeding
  • Evidence based care and guidelines
  • Parenting dynamics
  • Health and safety issues
  • Developmental concerns and disorders

Module 3 – Caring for the mother

  • Physical recovery after birth
  • Mood and emotional well-being of the mother
  • Effects of the lack of sleep and fatigue
  • Baby blues and PND
  • Other Postpartum symptoms
  • Nutrition and exercise
Level 4

Includes all of Level 3, plus

Module 4 – Sleep in infants

  • Physiology and psychology of sleep
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Newborn sleep cycle
  • Supporting sleep (associations)
  • Sleep guidance
  • Cluster feeds, dream feeds
  • Reflux and sleep

Module 5 – Feeding and breastfeeding

  • Process of lactation
  • Breast milk
  • Breastfeeding
  • Breast care
  • Expressing milk
  • Sterilising and making milk
  • Reflux, colic, and dehydration
  • Weaning
  • Nutritional needs of the mother
Level 5

Includes all of Level 4, plus

Module 6 – Postnatal maternal mental health

  • Definition and symptoms of perinatal mood disorders
  • Accepting and seeking help
  • Partner and family support
  • Partner mental health
  • Other challenges affecting the mental health of the mother
  • Domestic abuse
  • Cultural pressure
  • Special needs child/children

Module 7 – Special needs infants

  • Physiology
  • Special baby care units
  • Nutritional needs and feeding
  • Contra-indications
  • Difficulty bonding
  • Long-term hospital stays
  • Needs of other siblings
  • Catching up
  • Bringing up a child with complex needs
  • Risk factors associated with twins and multiples

All levels

Module 8 Employability

Fees

In full

Level 3                      £495

Level 4                      £675

Level 5                      £855

Instalments

Level 3                  6 monthly payments of £85 (total £510)

Level 4                  6 monthly payments of £115 (total £690)

Level 5                  6 monthly payments of £145 (total £870)

Upcoming dates

Level 3

Event Venue Date
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme Level 3 | September 2024 intake Virtual classroom
  • September 3, 2024 7:00 pm
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Maternity Nurse Practitioner Classroom Training | 14th & 15th September 2024 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • September 14, 2024 10:00 am
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Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme Level 3 | October 2024 intake Virtual classroom
  • October 29, 2024 7:00 pm
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Maternity Nurse Practitioner Classroom Training | 16th & 17th November 2024 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • November 16, 2024 10:00 am
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Level 4

Event Venue Date
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme Level 4 | September 2024 intake Virtual classroom
  • September 3, 2024 7:00 pm
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Maternity Nurse Practitioner Classroom Training | 14th & 15th September 2024 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • September 14, 2024 10:00 am
Register
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme Level 4 | October 2024 intake Virtual classroom
  • October 29, 2024 7:00 pm
Register
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Classroom Training | 16th & 17th November 2024 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • November 16, 2024 10:00 am
Register

Level 5

Event Venue Date
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme Level 5 | September 2024 intake Virtual classroom
  • September 3, 2024 7:00 pm
Register
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Classroom Training | 14th & 15th September 2024 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • September 14, 2024 10:00 am
Register
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Programme Level 5 | October 2024 intake Virtual classroom
  • October 29, 2024 7:00 pm
Register
Maternity Nurse Practitioner Classroom Training | 16th & 17th November 2024 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • November 16, 2024 10:00 am
Register

 Julie Heginbottom

Maternity and Sleep Programme Lead Tutor and Assesor

Anna Le Grange

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Registered Paediatric Nurse

Mindful teachers

Anna is currently studying for MSc in Positive Psychology

Puja Chandegra

Perinatal Mental Health Psychologist

Bukky Oladokun

Interim Specialist Midwife, Infant Feeding Team Leader

Lucy Neary

Paediatric Dietician

Frequently asked questions

I am confused which level and what course delivery is the best for me

Sometimes having too many options can be confusing. If you find yourself in this situation, feel free to contact us. We are always happy to speak with you and provide assistance.

What are the prerequisites for the maternity course?

Prior to attending this course, students must have a minimum of 1 year of experience working with babies, including newborns. If you do not possess any experience with newborns, we suggest enroling in our Level 3 course and seeking a placement where you can provide support to an experienced mother or you work alongside  experienced maternity nurse.

How do I enrol on the course?

You can enrol in the cohort, which begins on a specific day. You may choose to attend in-person training or complete the course entirely online. Alternatively, you can register on our e-learning platform.

How much time per week is required for studying?

As a general guideline, we recommend dedicating 2-3 hours per week to watching the course lessons. For those enroled in the Level 3 , we estimate that completing the assessment paper will require approximately 35 hours of work. For Level 4, this is likely to take approximately 45 hours. For Level 5 50 hours.

What if I am unable to participate in all of the virtual classroom sessions?

In case you are unable to attend an online session, it's not a problem. We record all the sessions and make them available on your e-learning account. All students studying online have access to our maternity course e-learning.

Working as a Maternity Nurse Practitioner

 

A Maternity Nurse Practitioner provides essential support to parents with newborn babies, generally for up to six weeks following the birth, but can be longer.  

Your role is to ensure the family settles into life with their new-born and offer guidance and encouragement throughout. This may also include helping parents integrate the new-born with other children in the family.

For more information about the role of a Maternity Nurse Practitioner and earning potential, please view our relevant Maternity Nurse Practitioner blogs:

Role of a non-medical Maternity Nurse Practitioner

Maternity placements – thinking outside the norm