Sleep Practitioner Programme

OCN Level 5

Format and Duration

The course comprises of a taught element and a number of assignments. The taught element consists of a set of weekly live sessions, covering 10 weeks. As well as prepared sessions, these include recaps and Q&A sessions, which are there for students to raise questions in a group setting.

In addition, students have full access to the eLearning content that supports the course.

Alongside these, students need to complete a set of assignments, which are assessed, in order to complete the qualification.

The course is accredited by the OCN.

Get the Sleep Practitioner Programme prospectus

More and more parents are turning to Sleep Practitioners to help guide them when having sleep difficulties with their children. This programme equips you with all the techniques & knowledge to help support parents with their baby or child’s sleeping. You will learn how to approach parents in a professional and considerate way and how to effectively communicate the best methods available to them based on their individual needs.

For more information about the role of a Sleep Practitioner and earning potential, please view our Sleep Practitioner Job Description.

The programme is run over 10 week period, consisting of weekly sessions that either cover new content, or allow for tutorial sessions to go over past content and resolve any issues or questions. Alongside this, students have full access to the eLearning course. Both options are available, and we encourage students to make use of both of these, but it is the student’s choice as to what they want to follow.

As part of this programme students will also gain exclusive access to our private Facebook group where students can join discussions with other students and our trainers.

Course Content

The programme covers the physiology of sleep, the importance of sleep in babies and children and the relationship between diet/nutrition, exercise, routine and sleep at all stages from new-born to 12 years old. It also covers sleep disorders, and some of the common training techniques. The course also explains how to assess a sleep setting, and how to create a plan to resolve a particular sleep issue. There is also a separate session on employability.

  • Role of the Sleep Practitioner
    • Working with parents and children
    • Safeguarding and confidentiality
  • Sleep Physiology
    • What is sleep and why we need it
    • Regulatory mechanisms
    • Stages of sleep and sleep cycles
  • Healthy sleep and supporting sleep
    • Healthy sleep associations
    • Causes and effects of lack of sleep
    • Sleep hygiene
  • Conditions affecting sleep
    • Sleep disorders
    • Acute illness
    • Bedtime resistance
  • Sleep training techniques
  • Strategies
    • Identifying a situation
    • Putting together a sleep plan
  • Special cases
    • Autism, ADHD, multiples
  • Employability
    • Setting up as self employed
    • Marketing yourself


This programme draws on prior understanding and experience of baby and child sleep so learners should have significant experience of working with both babies and children.


During the programme you will receive assignment questions and will have 6 weeks beyond the end of the taught course to complete them.

Your assignments will be assessed by one of the trainers, who will contact you about your results. If you successfully pass your assignments, we will request a certificate to be issued by the OCN awarding body; this process should take no more than two weeks.

Extensions: In a situation where the student is unable to complete their assignments within the given period, the student can apply for an extension, detailing the reason for the extension.


The programme is accredited by OCN (Credit4Learning)

Training Location

The weekly sessions are typically held in our virtual classroom, hosted on Zoom.


Entry onto the programme can be bought either as a one time up front payment of £1295, or through instalments.

Paying by instalments requires a registration fee of £95, followed by 4 monthly payments of £330 (total £1415).

Upcoming dates

February 2022 intake

  • Start date: Thursday, 3rd February 2022
  • Last session: Thursday, 7th April 2022

Sessions start at 7pm and last about 1.5 to 3 hours

April 2022 intake

  • Start date: Saturday, 23rd April 2022
  • Last session: Saturday, 2nd July 2022

Sessions start at 10am and last about 1.5 to 3 hours

June 2022 intake

  • Start date: Thursday, 16th June 2022
  • Last session: Thursday, 18th August 2022

Sessions start at 7pm and last about 1.5 to 3 hours

August 2022 intake

  • Start date: Saturday, 13th August 2022
  • Last session: Saturday, 15th October 2022

Sessions start at 10am and last about 1.5 to 3 hours

October 2022 intake

  • Start date: Thursday, 20th October 2022
  • Last session: Thursday, 22nd December 2022

Sessions start at 7pm and last about 1.5 to 3 hours

Event Venue Date
Sleep Practitioner Programme | August 2022 intake Virtual classroom
  • August 13, 2022 10:00 am
Sleep Practitioner Programme | October 2022 intake Virtual classroom
  • October 20, 2022 7:00 pm