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Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) Level 2

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) Level 2: Practical Skills for Family Centred Developmental Care. This intermediate level course follows on from the Level1, Foundation Toolkit, "Practical Skills" is suitable for all neonatal professionals. After an introductory seminar participants follow ten work plans covering a range of topics, each of which involves an observation exercise in the neonatal nursery and reflective writing that is sent to an assigned mentor to review. Site assessment tools are provided for evaluating practice. After completion of the coursework a final seminar reviews experience and participants make individual action plans for future development. A high quality printed work book is provided and mentorship is provided by expereinced neonatal healthcare professionals with advanced training. This course is currently available using video conferences for the face to face contact component.

First Steps for Parents in the Neonatal Unit

This little book guides parents through the first few days as they meet their new baby on the neonatal unit. This is a time when parents tend to be inundated with information and want something small and easy to follow as they begin their journey. It is linked to the popular "Caring for your Baby on the Neonatal Unit: a Parents' Handbook" which includes information that they will need about parenting their baby throughout their time in the neonatal unit. Bulk orders only. Contact info@ealy babies for details.


Summer 2019 edition now available. If you haven't subscribed and want to catch up contact us at info@early babies to get your free copy.

FINE Masterclass

FINE / NIDCAP Masterclasses are an opportunity to network, keep up to date and share good practice in Infant and Family Centred Developmental Care. They are led by specialist practitioners and parents are invited to participate. Programmes include presentations of key topics for discussion, and short presentations on research and innovative practice. Masterclasses are multidisciplinary and are open to those who are in training for or have completed NIDCAP and FINE 2: Practical Skills.

Plans for future Masterclasses are on hold during the Covid 19 pandemic.


FINE Level 3: Innovations

This is the third step in the Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education programme. It is a project based course designed to support systems change.

Participants take on a case study and a quality improvement project with support from an experienced mentor. The course work is expected to take a year, fitted around usual work committments.

For more information contact

View Closeness and Separation Photo-project

We asked mothers from different countries to send us a picture from their time in the NICU and tell us what was special about it. This video is an assembly of their pictures and words that we put together to remind us, on World Prematurity Day, what is important to parents. View on our facebook page

Foundation Toolkit for Family Centred Developmental Care: FINE Level 1.

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE): Level 1.
This 2 day course covers the scope of family and infant centred developmental care and the evidence that supports it. The FINE programme integrates 6 themes that support neuroprotective and relationship based care: developmental theory, observation of babies, family participation, reflective practice, systems organsiation and evidence based practice. These themes are woven into topics that are the basics of neuroprotective care such as brain development, behavioural observation, sleep protection, attachment, feeding, sensory and motor development, stress and pain. Presentations and workshops encourage interactive learning and a beautifully designed course handbook is provided.

For information please contact

This course has been endorsed by the NIDCAP Federation International and by the EFCNI in Europe.

All FINE courses have been suspended due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

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