About this course

International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) is being responsive to the Covid-19 crisis. From July 2020 all ITSIEY training will be taking place online and will continue to be delivered by experts in infant mental health. Rich teaching content, as always, will be enhanced by group discussions with the tutor, small breakout groups for participants and video presentation.

This course has been created to offer professionals who have contact with parents and infants evidence-based skills for enhancing parent-infant relationships, which can be incorporated in their day-to-day work. Participants will learn to recognise difficulties in parent-infant relating and will be taught essential skills to help parents recognise their infants’ cues, to promote baby-led play and to enhance playfulness in parent-infant interactions. Three experts in the field of Infant Mental Health will each lead a day of Skills training on these important topics:

Day 1:  Recognising infant cues for sleeping, feeding and soothing with Betty Hutchon. This day will focus on parent-infant relationship building from a Brazelton perspective. Professionals will learn practical skills to recognise infant behaviours and to promote sensitive responsiveness in parents to babies’ cues for sleep, soothing and feeding.

Day 2:  Baby led play with Jenifer Wakelyn. This day will focus on the “Watch Me Play!” method, which promotes psychological well-being in infants by supporting the attentiveness of parents or carers and bringing shared enjoyment to the parent-infant relationship. Participants will be taught 5 key techniques for facilitating infant led play.

Day 3:  Promoting playfulness with Amalia BrightmanAmalia will teach her P.L.A.Y. method for promoting playful engagement between parents and infants. Through a range of practical, play and music-based activities, practitioners will learn how to help parents calm and communicate playfully with their babies and young children. By the end of the day participants will have formulated a plan for using the training in their professional practice.

Participants will leave this 3-day training with a solid set of skills to enhance their work with parents and/or infants.

Participants can book on to one or two of these days if it is not practical to attend all three. You can book on to individual courses using the links below:

ITSIEY: Recognising Infant Cues for Sleeping, Feeding and Soothing

ITSIEY: Facilitating Baby Led Play in Parent-Infant Relationships

ITSIEY: Promoting Playfulness between Parents and their Infant

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Who is this training suitable for

This training is suitable for professionals working in early years, paediatric, social care and perinatal teams, such as: occupational therapists, nursery nurses, health visitors, paediatric physiotherapist, speech and language therapists, hospital play specialists, paediatricians, social workers, early help workers, family support workers, perinatal mental health nurses, perinatal psychologists and psychotherapists working with infants age 0-3. 

If you have any specific questions about the suitability of the module for your practice, please email

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.


About International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY)

ITSIEY is the winner of 2017 Maternal Mental Health Alliance Emma Cadywould Award for Perinatal Mental Health Education and Training, see our news story here. 

Delivered by a unique collaboration of internationally acclaimed Centres of Excellence (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Yale University Child Study Centre), the International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) provides mental health and early years professionals with expert-agreed standards of knowledge and skills to work confidently with infants (0-3) and their families. This exclusive training encompasses a range of theories “seamlessly interwoven into a shared conceptual framework” (student). The ecological model that is at the heart of its vision and curriculum uses most up to date knowledge of advances in neuroscience combined with strong clinical and research experience relevant to collaborative work with families. ITSIEY builds a forum for international cross pollination of knowledge, skills and research in the field of infancy and early years mental health for practitioners.

Currently ITSIEY offers the following modules:

We have compiled an essential reading list for this training. This will be made available for you on-line three weeks before the training. The essential reading list has been carefully chosen to support the learning objective of the course so we would strongly encourage you to read this as thoroughly as possible before the training begins.


Special offer

A 5% discount is available for students who book on more than one ITSIEY module at the same time. Please contact to claim this offer.

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