9th November 2020 9th November 2020


Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
1 day
09.30 - 16.30 (UK time)




Training fee

Places available

About this course

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.

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.

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 enhance parent-infant relating and will be taught essential skills to help parents recognise their infants’ cues.

Aims of this course

  • To support early years and perinatal practitioners to enhance parent-infant interactions.
  • To give practitioners both evidenced based techniques and simple key methods, to enhance parent-infant relationships, which can be incorporated into their work.
  • To practice using the taught skills which promote a positive relational connection between parents and infants.

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 training@annafreud.org.

This course can also be taken as part of the three day module:

ITSIEY: Early Intervention Skills to Enhance Parent Infant Relationships

Alternatively you can book on to each course individually:

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

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 Zoom.us/test 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 training@annafreud.org to claim this offer.