Maternity Nurse Training Courses - OCN London Levels 3, 4 and 5

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. On the 13th and 14th of May 2017 we will be joined by a Maternity Consultant from Greycoat Lumley Agency who will be discussing the practicalities of working as a Maternity Nurse and answering any questions candidates have. 

As a special offer we will also be running a baby massage workshop from 4:30pm to 6 pm on the Saturday of the training. The baby massage workshop will be led by Lynn Murphy, co-director of the renowned Active Birth Centre in North London. 

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.

One of the key benefits of our training is that candidates have the option to take part in invaluable work experience. We work closely with a number of agencies and childcare settings to support candidates to gain free work experience with new parents.

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.

From November 2015 candidates can complete the advanced Level 5 Maternity Nurse course, which provides an integrated and holistic view on postnatal maternity nurse care. This course is ideal for experienced baby care specialists and is delivered by a multi agency team of baby and childcare experts including: a leading Lactation Consultant, Obstetrician, Sleep Consultant, Paediatric Osteopath, Postnatal Counsellor and Multiples Specialist.

Why complete your Maternity Nurse Training with Babyem?


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


Voted number 1 training agency by the independent review site freeindex


Affordable weekly instalment plans


CV support and ongoing guidance


Established Maternity Nurse experience scheme - (as seen in industry magazine Nursery World)


Courses delivered by renowned industry experts


1 -1 consultations with leading Maternity Agencies


FREE ongoing CPD webinars and workshops

Maternity Nurse Training Course Details

Level 3 & 4 Maternity Nurse Training Course Dates & Details

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

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

2017 Dates: 22nd & 23rd Apr (fully booked) / 13th & 14th May / 17th & 18th Jun / 1st & 2nd July / 29th & 30th Jul / 19th & 20th Aug / 16th & 17th Sep / 7th & 8th Oct /21st & 22nd Oct / 18th & 19th November

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

Flexible payment plans:

Weekly instalment plan:
Level 3: Booking fee £65 + £20 x 23 weeks of payment /  Level 4: Booking fee £65 + £25 x 24 weeks of payment
Pay in 3 instalment plan:
Level 3: Booking fee £65 + 3 x payments of £145  Level 4: Booking fee £65 + 3 x payments of £200
If you would like to pay in instalments please contact the office directly on 0208 986 9008

View course dates and book online below: Level 3: Level 4:

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.

Maternity Nurse Training course topics

Sleep in newborns 

  • Sleep requirements of babies and sleep cycles
  • Signs of tiredness in babies
  • 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

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
  • Contracts
  • 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: We will also be joined with Sally Cranfield MIPTI (ITEC qualified), MGofSD, Principal tutor at Massage for Babies. Sally regularly teaches parents baby massage, as well as teaching a childcare and health professionals throughout the UK. 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 2 year’s baby experience (including newborn experience) before attending this course.We contact all candidates before attending the course so that we understand your experience and how we can support you during and after the course.
Maternity Nurse Training Payment Options
Babyem operates a flexible payment scheme. When booking onto the Maternity Nurse Training candidates can pay £40 deposit to hold their place (deducted of the full cost of the Maternity Nurse Course). Candidates can also pay the course in weekly instalments for both the level 3 and level 4 Maternity Nurse Training. For more information regarding payment plans please contact us directly on 0208 986 9008.
Directions to Venue


London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TH Tel: +44(0) 20 7973 1000 Website:


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

£7-£8 If you book with 20% discount code :BABYEM20 The Hotel is NOT within the London congestion charging zone
Frequently Asked Questions
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!

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:


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Lyndsey Hookway, Lactation Consultant, Sleep Specialist. Maternity Nurse Training teacher

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 successful sleep consultancy service ‘Little Sleepers’. 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 Maternity Nurse Trainer

Vanessa Christie


Vanessa Christie is a registered Lactation Consultant, Registered Health Visitor, Registered Nurse (Children) and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She has worked with thousands of families over the last 16 years in a variety of settings including acute paediatric medical and surgical wards, neonatal intensive care and neonatal special care units, GP surgeries, children’s centres, schools, nurseries 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 GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives, Nursery Nurses and Maternity Nurses.

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


My confidence has grown enormously!

I have been in childcare for over 16 years. I recently updated my maternity and breastfeeding skills through their maternity training course. Within two weeks I was chosen to work with twins aged 3 weeks through their work experience scheme which was great. Through further daily work experience with Babyem families, my confidence and knowledge has grown enormously after 4 years! Thank you Babyem!

Elena Windsor, 2014


Very professional with excellent aftercare service.

Babyem training is fantastic, very thorough with an excellent aftercare service for any questions you may have. As a company I have always found them to be very professional with a wide range of training services offered. I have attended the maternity nurse training and advanced breastfeeding course so far which was in-depth and will equip me for my future endeavours.

Reshma Patel, 2014


Jam packed with information, tools and goals.

AMAZING! I cannot recommend this two day Maternity Nurse Course enough, both Lyndsey and Emma are a fountain of knowledge and they relay their wisdom and experience to the group so well; they don’t patronise or make you feel silly. The course is jam packed with information, tools and goals. They also enlisted the help of a well known agency who talked about becoming self employed, contracts, gaining work and much more! I cannot wait to put what I have learnt to use and already thinking about booking my next course with them! A huge thank you x

Jayne Morey, 2015


The placements helped me gain paid work!

This company lives up to its reputation of being very professional and knowledgeable. Did the level 4 MNT course, the tutor was amazing and really knowledgeable, and being in a 5* hotel was great too. Best of all, I was placed with 2 families with twins and through that have got paid work! Thank you to the whole of the Babyem team. X.

Claire Rodgers, 2014