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Maternity Nurse Training – OCN London Levels 3, 4 and 5

Ongoing professional development and career coaching

Highly successful
newborn work placement scheme

Course delivered
by UK leading baby care specialists

About Babyem

Our acclaimed Maternity Nurse Training courses provide those wanting to become Maternity Nurses or those already working with babies an opportunity to further their skills. The Maternity Nurse Training course is available at a level 3, 4 and 5 through Open College Network (OCN London).

We understand the importance of discussing the practical aspects of working as a Maternity Nurse, including sourcing work. During every course we are joined by a industry leading maternity agency consultant who will provide you will all the practical information required to feel confident starting your career.

The maternity nurse training course provides an overview of the Maternity Nurse role through addressing all aspects of mother and newborn baby care as well as the practical support and guidance required within the family home environment.

Find out more about our Maternity Nurse Work Experience scheme, browse current placement opportunities or take a look at how our award-winning Maternity Nurse Training has helped candidates gain paid employment – as reported in the leading childcare industry magazine, Nursery World.

Why complete your Maternity Nurse Training with Babyem?

What you will learn during and after the Maternity Nurse course?


Most advanced maternity nurse qualification level in the industry - Accreditation Level 3 - 5


Most comprehensive maternity course in the industry with 2 days attendance + 2 days of online content + bonus baby massage workshop. Ensuring you feel prepared in your role supporting newborns and parents


Voted number 1 training agency by the independent review site freeindex


Affordable instalment plans available, enabling you to pay weekly, monthly or over 6 months


Guest speakers from leading Maternity Agencies attend our courses, providing essential practical information and career guidance to ensure you feel confident starting your role


Learn in beautiful surroundings


We recognise that experience is essential when starting out in the industry. We continue to support you after the course through our newborn work placement scheme (as seen in industry magazine Nursery World)


Leading babycare specialists deliver our training, so you can learn the most up to date techniques and deliver the best possible service for your families


Ongoing CPD webinars and workshops, so that you can continue to be aware of best practice and network with others


Leading maternity recruitment agencies, provide 1:1 career advice so you are more likely to become employed in the role you really want


FREE baby massage workshop for each participants delivered by the renowned Active Birth Centre in London

Who is this maternity nurse training for?


Nannies looking to develop baby care skills in their current role. Or those looking for a more flexible role caring for babies.

Childcare and Health Professionals

Childcare professionals such as Nursery Nurses, Childminders, Health Professionals and Family Support Workers who want to support families with babies within a childcare setting or home setting.

Maternity Nurses

Maternity Nurses who are wanting to refresh their knowledge with current evidence based practice. As well as those wanting to learn a wide range of skills to meet the individual needs of babies.


People who have baby experience and are looking to advance their knowledge in the care of babies or transition into the baby care sector.

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Maternity Nurse Training Course Details

PLUS A FREE baby massage workshop

When you sign up today!

Level 3 & 4 Maternity Nurse Training Course Dates & Details

Our course consists of 2 days online + 2 days in-person training + bonus modules.

Venue: London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW5 0TH

Time: Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm (+ FREE baby massage workshop)

2018 Dates

  • 28th & 29th July, 18th & 19th August, 15th & 16th Sep, 13th & 14th Oct, 10th & 11th Nov, 24th & 25th Nov

Cost: £475pp incl VAT for Level 3; £640pp incl VAT for Level 4

We want to support you in achieving your goals! To make the training more accessible, we have financing plans available. There are small financing fees if you choose to go this route. Completing your payment plan is required.

Flexible payment plans

Level 3:

Full Payment of £475 (Save £53)    3 Payments of £164   6 Payments of £88   24 Weeks of £22

Level 4:

Full Payment of £640   3 Payments of £219   6 Payments of £110   26 Weeks of £25.50


Maternity Nurse Training Course Content

How do we structure our Maternity Nurse Course?

We go far beyond the basics in our maternity nurse training, pitching our attendance part of the course at level 4 (foundation degree standard). Candidates then have the flexibility to choose to complete the post-course assessment at level 3 or level 4. We understand the importance of ongoing CPD and reflective practice and hold quarterly free CPD workshops and webinars for candidates. These sessions enable candidates to meet others, network and keep up-to-date with best practice.

How long is our course?

Our course consists of 2 days of online training (completed before you attend the course) + 2 days attendance training.

Maternity Nurse Training course topics

Sleep in newborns

  • Sleep requirements in babies
  • Sleep cycles
  • Signs of tiredness in babies
  • Different sleep associations and how to minimise the use of these
  • How to read a baby’s tiredness cues before they become over tired
  • How to initiate healthy sleep patterns from newborn
  • Challenges babies face at different ages and how to support them
  • Common mistakes people make when supporting babies to sleep
  • Infant brain development
  • Review of different philosophies and approaches regarding sleep
  • Gentle (evidence-based) sleep techniques to encourage babies to self-settle/sleep through the night
  • Infant soothing techniques
  • Sudden infant death syndrome, sleep in newborns
  • Health & care of newborns

Infant skin problems

  • Erythema toxicum, jaundice, breast abnormalities, umbilical cord care, amount of nappies (as a guide to health in newborns)
  • Bathing and changing newborns

Colic & Reflux in babies

  • Symptoms of colic, non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment for colic
  • Symptoms of reflux (including physiological reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease)
  • Treatment for reflux and knowing when to see a specialist

Meningitis & other serious illness

  • Signs and symptoms of serious illness in babies
  • Meningitis – signs and symptoms
  • When to seek help
  • Premature, sick and low birth weight babies

The effects on parents and babies

  • Chronological vs. corrected age
  • Particular areas of concern post-discharge
  • How maternity nurses can help to care for premature babies and provide support to parents
  • Breastfeeding and other feeding methods

Maternal Anatomy

  • How babies feed, including infant suckling/sucking
  • How to ensure the correct positioning and attachment of baby onto the breast
  • Getting milk supply set up correctly and building up the supply
  • Feeding patterns and how to tell a good feed
  • How to implement a sustainable feeding routine
  • Breastfeeding difficulties including cracked nipples, nipple trauma, engorgement, mastitis and thrush
  • Expressing milk, including methods and when to do this
  • Supplementing feeds, including reasons to supplement and how to effectively do this.
  • Bottle feeding, including pace feeding and how to prepare and store bottles.
  • Implications of mixed feeding

Infant First Aid

  • Common illnesses in infants and young children
  • Signs and symptoms of fevers, throat, ear and urinary infections, chicken pox, febrile convulsions, diarrhoea and vomiting, hand foot and mouth, impetigo, ringworm
  • When medical attention should be sought.

Child development in babies 0-12 months

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Speech, language and communication development
  • Cognitive development

Flathead syndrome

  • Synostotic flat head syndrome v non synostotic flat head syndrome
  • Treatment plans and if needed and relevant

Cultural awareness

  • How families are changing
  • Adapting practice to meet the needs of the modern family including single parent families and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families.
  • Different cultural groups that have distinct and specific needs and how to adapt practice accordingly.

Health and care of postnatal Mums

  • Potential issues after a vaginal or caesarean birth and how to support a mother as a Maternity Nurse
  • Signs and symptoms of postnatal mood disorders
  • Bleeding – what’s normal or not
  • Lifting, moving and exercising
  • Diet and rest

Working as a Maternity Nurse – (this section is delivered by a guest speaker from a leading Maternity Agency)

  • Finding employment as a Maternity Nurse (or other related fields caring for newborns) and setting rates
  • Interviews & creating a winning CV
  • Finding employment as a Maternity Nurse (or other related fields caring for newborns) and setting rates
  • Working with agencies and marketing yourself
  • Gaining Newborn Experience – OPTIONAL maternity work placement programme.

FREE Baby Massage Workshop:

The baby massage workshop will be led by Lynn Murphy, co-director of the renowned Active Birth Centre in North London. She will be delivering a taster baby massage workshop for candidates at the end of the first day of the Maternity Nurse Training.

Why complete your Maternity Nurse Training with Babyem?

We are proud to be voted the number 1 training agency, out of 6411 by FreeIndex, based on over 60 independent ratings. We understand the importance of putting theory into practice and operate a free maternity training scheme, working with agencies, associations, hospitals and universities throughout the UK. We are the only training agency to have a specialist multi-agency team. Our postnatal Maternity Nurse Training is delivered by a UK leading lactation consultant and sleep specialist who has written policies and best practice guidance for the premature baby charity Bliss. Our Maternity Nurse Training is promoted in industry magazines such as Nursery World.

Maternity Nurse Training Assessment
We recognise that for many people completing the maternity qualification may feel anxious about the assignment, especially if they haven´t studied for a long time. We also recognise that many individuals would like to take a part in an advanced maternity course with the option of completing the assignment at the level that suits them. Our approach to training is flexible and affordable. Our 2 day intensive Maternity Nurse Training course is degree level and candidates can than choose to complete the post course maternity nurse assessment at a level 3 (A – level standard) or level 4 (degree standard) through Open College Network. Our students also have the benefit of being able to upgrade their maternity nurse qualification at a later date if they would like to (only paying the difference). The assessments consist of a series of essay-based questions based on the subjects taught during the attendance based course, also practical assessments which take place during the course.
We provide access to up-to-date research
Candidates have access to the Babyem resource file, which includes videos, articles, journals and recommended books, webinars and websites.
How long do we have to complete the course assessment?
Candidates are emailed a study pack, after the course and are given 7 weeks to complete the assessment questions, before sending the completed answers back to us by email. We are happy to provide assistance with course work by email and phone.
Do you provide additional support? We are happy to provide additional support to anyone that needs it, please do let us know how we can assist you by calling us on 0208 986 9008.

We have candidates from a wide range of roles attend our course from Childminders to Nannies and Maternity Nurses to Midwives. However, we require candidates to have at least 1 year’s baby experience (including newborn experience) before attending this course.

Maternity Nurse Training Payment Options

We want to support you in achieving your goals! To make the training more accessible, we have financing plans available. There are small financing fees if you choose to go this route. Completing your payment plan is required.

Directions to Venue



London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TH Tel: +44(0) 20 7973 1000 Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lonlm-london-marriott-hotel-kensington/


From Heathrow Airport: Take M4 East and continue onto A4 to Hammersmith/Central London. A4 becomes Cromwell Road, pass Earls Court Road junction on your right. Turn first right into Knaresborough Place opposite Cromwell Hospital, then first left into Collingham Place and then left again. At the traffic lights turn left which will bring you to the hotel entrance on Cromwell Road, opposite Sainsbury’s store.

From Gatwick Airport: Take M23 and connect to M4 East towards Central London and join onto A4 towards Central London. A4 becomes Cromwell Road, pass Earls Court Road junction on your right. Turn first right into Knaresborough Place opposite Cromwell Hospital, then first left into Collingham Place and then left again. At the traffic lights turn left which will bring you to the hotel entrance on Cromwell Road, opposite Sainsbury’s store. Alternatively take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, then take the Tube – District or Circle Line to Earls Court or Gloucester Road Station.

Traveling by Tube Nearest stations: Earl’s Court Station & Gloucester Road Station Tube lines: District line, Circle line, and Piccadilly line

Car Parking: £35 per day- Book by calling London Marriott Hotel Kensington

You can park on Sunday’s behind the hotel for free. On a Saturday you will need to pay an hourly fee to park until 1.30pm when it is then free.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will your online course be available?
We are very excited about our online maternity course! This will be available from February 2018. If you are interested please contact us on: 0208 986 9008 or email: [email protected]

How does the blended learning course work?
All candidates are required to complete the distance learning part of the course before attending, and will be provided with a separate certificate for this. Candidates will also have access to the online learning modules after the course specifically relating to setting up their own business and completing placements. All our candidates then complete the same attendance based course, pitched at level 4 (degree level) – see below. 

Can we complete the level 3 assessment and then complete the level 4 assessment at a later date?
We pitch our 2 day course at level 4 as feedback from our candidates is that they like to be learning new things during the course and be pushed intellectually.  After the 2 day course candidates can choose to complete the level 3 assessment paper or the level 4 assessment paper. If you have chosen to complete the course at a level 3, you can go on at a later date and complete the level 4 assessment paper, and only pay the difference i.e. £175.

Will this course help me get a Maternity Nurse training job at the end?
Babyem is a not a recruitment agency, however, we work with a number of leading Nanny and Maternity Agencies in the field (you can find a list of our recommended agencies HERE) and provide support with CV writing as a basic service to all our candidates.

Does Babyem work with maternity agencies?
We always have a Maternity Nurse consultant come along from leading agencies such as Eden Nannies and Greycoat Lumleys to talk to candidates about the practical aspects of working as a Maternity Nurse including creating a winning CV, payment, becoming self employed, maintaining confidentiality and maintaining boundaries. Many candidates state how beneficial it is to meet agency representatives face to face and gain valuable advice. In addition, a number of the representatives that come along have worked as Maternity Nurses and are able to share their personal experiences.

Does the Babyem newborn placement scheme support candidates to get paid employment?
Different agencies like you to have different amounts of newborn experience before taking you on their books. Our newborn maternity placement scheme enables candidates to get newborn experience with the support of an experienced childcare team to help them every step of the way. We receive referrals from a wide range of charities and organisations, from the National Childcare Trust (NCT) to Great Ormond Street Hospital, and from multiples groups such as Twins UK to Local Authorities. Placements are a fantastic opportunity to build skills, develop confidence and become more employable!

Praise from agencies

“At Nannies Incorporated we need our maternity nurses to be the best in the industry. We work closely with Babyem and are continuously impressed by their level of maternity and nanny training, some of which we have undertaken ourselves. We recommend Babyem as they support our maternity nurses and nannies to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to successfully help our families.”  Nannies Incorporated

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“Having attended the Level 3 & 4, I saw first hand the superior content and I can highly recommend Babyem as a maternity nurse course provider. Those with a background in childcare wishing to train as a maternity nurse should enrol and, after completing the course, should accept as many Babyem training placements as possible to kick start their career. The 2-day courses are intensive and all students will leave brimming with essential knowledge and confidence”. Maternally Yours

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“We at Eden know the importance of a good maternity course. We are really impressed not only with the content of the Babyem course and all that it covers, but also the teaching style and the flow of the day. The Eden team believe it will go a long way in helping maternity nurses keep up-to- date with new working practices”.  Eden Private Staff

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“Professional Nannies and Maternity Nurses need to keep up to date with their training and development. Our Nanny candidates have given us good feedback about the courses offered by Babyem, which cover a comprehensive range of skills and subjects for both childcare professionals and parents.” Greycoat Lumleys

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Work Experience Scheme

Babyem supports candidates who have attended the Maternity Nurse Training course to gain work experience. We work closely with a range of organisations including NCT groups, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the national multiples groups TAMBA and Twins UK.

Our maternity nurse placement scheme provides an invaluable service to parents in the first 3 months of having a baby as well as supporting newly qualified maternity nurses to gain confidence and develop their skills.

All candidates have access to our work placement opportunities with 85% of candidates reporting that this experience has helped them gain employment within the first 6 months of completing the course.

Working in partnership with:

Great Ormond Street Hospital Twins UK

NCT Tamba Twins and Multiple Births Association

Gingerbread - Single Parents, Equal Families

Maternity Hub
Nursery World

Babyem Team

Lyndsey Hookway

Lyndsey Hookway

Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Having trained under Chireal Shallow of the Naturally Nurturing Sleep Clinic, Lyndsey now runs a highly successful sleep consultancy service ‘Little Sleepers’ supporting families internationally. Lyndsey has spoken at several national conferences on breastfeeding, sleep and supporting families and has written a number of published articles. She is a consultant for a premature baby charity where she has written policies and delivered training to health professionals on family centred care.

Vanessa Christie

Vanessa Christie

Vanessa Christie is a registered Lactation Consultant, Registered Health Visitor and Registered Nurse (Children). She has worked with thousands of families over the past 2 decades in a variety of settings including acute paediatric medical and surgical wards, neonatal intensive care and neonatal special care units, GP surgeries and private homes.

Having worked as a Public Health Specialist Breastfeeding Lead for the Central London Healthcare NHS Trust, Vanessa designed and implemented breastfeeding training to a wide range of professionals. Vanessa is a renowned expert speaker (often taking the main stage at the Baby Show) and is often featured in parent magazines.

Shel Banks

Shel Banks
IBCLC & Feeding Specialist

Shel is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant based with extensive experience working within the NHS in research, training and project management as well as in her own private practice assisting mothers and babies with feeding issues, and the tertiary sector with various national organisations.

She is the author of “Why Formula Feeding Matters” and is currently working on the Cochrane systematic reviews on Infantile Colic. Shel is heavily involved in the voluntary sector being the Vice-Chair for the UK Association of Milk Banking and Chair of Communications Team for the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain.

Lynn Murphy

Lynn Murphy
Baby Massage Instructor

Lynn Murphy has been teaching Yoga specialising in the pre & post natal period and Baby Massage for the last 20 years, she trained in developmental baby massage with Peter Walker after attending his classes with her own two children. She went on to devise the Postnatal programme at the Active Birth Centre were she is Co-Director and last year she added, New Baby & Me – The Foundations of Parenting to the professional trainings offered there. Lynn has also teamed up with Calm Family as their expert in massage, to design and deliver this element of their training and is delighted to have joined the team at Babyem.

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5/5 star ‘excellent’ rating from 90 independently verified reviews



I can honestly say that it is the best course I have ever attended, and I have done many over the years.

I have just returned from London having completed the Level 3 Maternity nurse course. What a wonderful weekend! I can honestly say that it is the best course I have ever attended, and I have done many over the years. The course is delivered so well and the topics covered are up to date and very informative. I would highly recommend anyone who looks after babies or is interested in a career as a Maternity nurse to apply through Babyem. Well done all of you and thank you! A special thank you to Lyndsey who made the two days even more memorable by her warm and witty approach!!

K H Mac, May 2016


Genuinely would highly recommend the MNT course.

I have completed my level 4 maternity nurse award with Babyem and would highly recommend the course. I have also done the paediatric first aid too.
The MNT was a very thorough course and covered all aspects in depth . Vanessa who was the trainer was fantastic and clearly passionate about her job hence delivering such a fantastic course. I was unsure with parts of the coursework but pleasantly surprised at Emma answering the phone to guide me countless number of times without hesitating !
Genuinely would highly recommend this MNT course.
T Zohra, April 2016


I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to have a career in this field

I have just completed the OCN Level 4 Maternity Nurse Care course. I found the course to be highly professional and educational. We were privileged to be tutored by Vanessa Christie who gave us a great insight as to what is expected of us as Maternity Nurses. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to have a career in this field.
J Whyte, 2016


I have done a few courses with Babyem, and I cannot recommend them highly enough

I have done a few courses with Babyem, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. The courses provide you with the knowledge needed to further your skills when working within the childcare environment. They are fun, very informative and the tutors are always on hand to assist you with the course content. I look forward to doing more courses with them in the future.

H Van Dort, Jan 2016