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Infant Massage Course Information Handbook

Course Dates

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Infant massage course dates information.

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Places are strictly limited to small class sizes, to allow for individualised attention to your learning needs.

This course has four parts.

Block 1

Completed this at any time for free.

This block includes three short online infant massage modules (4-7 hours). No enrolment is needed to complete these subjects.

We recommend that you start (and, ideally, complete) these modules before formally enrolling in the next stages of the course. This will ensure that you get a “taste” of the course and are comfortable with online learning, before committing to the full course.

We are happy to make exceptions in some circumstances, and if you wish to enrol prior to commencing these modules, we ask that you contact our office in the first instance.

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Block 2

You can start Block 2 after completing Block 1 and enrolling in the course.

This block is made up of 10 weeks of interactive online learning. Learning activities include video, readings and discussions, and a small assignment is due each week. Depending on your learning style, allow 3 – 6 hours a week to complete the set activities. In addition, trainer support is provided by phone, email and online discussions.

Block 3

Attend a 3-day training in your capital city. These infant massage workshops are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. These workshops will help bring together your theory knowledge and apply it in a practical setting. This includes working with real parents and babies under the supervision of your trainer during the three days.

Block 4

Following Block 3, complete your practical assessment by delivering the full First Touch Program with parents in your community. You will run all phases of a program from planning and promotion, through to delivery, and evaluation and reflection. Support will be provided in a combination of online materials and support from your trainer.

Approximately 70% of your assessment is completed during your 10-week online learning block (block 2).

After your face-to-face infant massage workshop (Block 3), you have a further four months to complete your practical and remaining assessment items.

However, you may request an extension up to 12 months from the commencement of your 10-week block, if required.

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling (or contact our office if you wish to enrol prior to completing these modules).

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Infant Massage Course Dates – October (term 4) 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 8 October  – 14 December 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): early February 2019, exact dates to be confirmed

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 21 Sept 2018

Venue Location:

Relationships Australia SA, 42A Orsmond St, Hindmarsh, SA, 5007

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Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling (or contact our office if you wish to enrol prior to completing these modules).

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Infant Massage Course Dates – July (term 3) 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 23 Jul – 28 Sep 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 12 – 14 Oct 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6-10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Jul 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 2 Jul 2018


Duchesne College, University of Queensland, College Rd., St. Lucia, QLD, 4067.

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Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

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Infant Massage Course Dates – Oct (term 4) 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 8 Oct  – 14 Dec 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): Feb 2019 (exact dates tbc)

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 21 Sep 2018

Venue Location:

Parent-Infant Research Institute, Heidelberg Hospital, 300 Waterdale Rd, Heidelberg Heights, VIC, 3081.

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Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

Notice about 2018 courses in Perth:

Unfortunately, due to difficulties in locating a suitable venue in Perth, we will not be hosting training in Perth 2018. However, we are negotiating with a number of possible venues and will be returning in 2019,

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

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Infant Massage Course Dates – July (Term 3) 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 23 July – 28 Sep 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 20 – 22 Oct 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Jul 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 6 July 2018

Infant Massage Course Dates – April (Term 4) 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 8 Oct – 14 Dec 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): Feb 2019 (exact dates tbc)

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 21 Sep 2018

Venue Location:

The Centre, 14 Francis St, Randwick, NSW.

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Infant massage course outline.

The most important decision we can make is whether to believe we live in a friendly, or hostile, universe.

~Albert Einstein         

The primary goal of babies is to learn about the universe they have been born into.  This is a period in which our view of the world, and our relationship to it, is being shaped.

For the baby, their parents are the beginning and end of their universe.

It is within the subtle, day-to-day interactions between a parent and baby that each of us comes to discover whether the world is, indeed, a friendly place or not.

The baby’s ‘universe’ is the setting for the social, emotional, genetic and brain development of each human being. In turn, this early development shapes the long-term mental health of individuals and communities. For this reason, more of us are looking for skills and tools we can use to ensure each baby’s world is a friendly one.

However, the broader community is largely unaware of the main way human development is shaped: through our relationships. In particular, it is shaped through the earliest interactions with our parents.  The interactions that take place between parents and babies are often subtle, and sometimes invisible against the backdrop of other challenges. However, this does not mean they are trivial.

For a baby, responsive and sensitive touch, voice, movement and eye-contact are the neurological and developmental equivalent to the Big Bang. Neurobiology, medicine, psychology, sociology and even genetics research all pinpoint parent-infant interactions as being the source of our developmental pathways.

Responsive touch, movement, voice and eye-contact seem simple. But they are not. A parent’s ability  to provide this sort of friendly world for their babies does not always come easily.

This training program provides health workers with a simple, unique and effective tool to support these interactions via The First Touch Program.

This course is taught in six major learning themes. Please see the infant massage course outline below for more information.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 1:

Rethinking infant massage: The principles of high-quality infant massage education

Most people think of infant massage as an enjoyable “soft” activity for parents and babies. Some researchers have also found that infant massage can have an impact on a range of isolated clinical outcomes: such as weight gain and brain activity.

However, we generally under-estimate the potential impact of infant massage education on infant and brain development. Infant massage education is also often misunderstood, and there are many examples of infant massage interventions being applied without critical reference to the research.

In this theme we first explore the role of Touch in Human Development.

Secondly, we explore the history of infant massage education in Australia.

Finally, we then introduce the available research concerned with how infant massage education works, for whom, and under what circumstances.

This theme sets the scene for the remainder of the course, by inviting students to think critically about the context and framework of infant massage research and delivery of parent education.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 2:

Parent-infant interaction: The heart of attachment

A child’s attachment pattern, by definition is not consolidated until the age of around 2 or 3 years. Yet the foundations for these patterns are established during the first year of life. How do we support or respond to something that we (and parents) cannot yet see or measure or fully experience? To do this, we must first shift our attention from attachment as a goal. We must then more deeply understand the basic mechanisms of attachment during infancy:  touch, eye-contact, facial expression, movement and voice.

This theme explores a simple 5-step framework. This framework forms the basis of the First Touch Program, and is based on the work of Vimala MClure. Using this framework, we are able to pay closer attention to the ways that parents and babies use touch and other interactions to have a “conversation” with each other. In turn, we see attachment as the result of the shared meanings that arise from this conversation.

The job of an ‘expert’ is to give knowledge to parents about attachment. Our influence is limited to the supply of brochures, information, instruction, advice, charts, diagrams and lists. But we can move beyond this ‘expert’ role by viewing focusing on the parent-baby conversation. Our role, therefore, is no longer to advise. Instead, our role expands to one of holding space for a conversation to unfold. Because early development takes place in the space between the parent and baby, this helps make our influence stronger. There are many different ways we can create and hold this space. We explore some of these as part of this theme.

In this theme we also explore different ways in which parents and babies have their own conversations. We also consider where we should place ourselves in this space, and how this influences the interaction between parents and babies and the meanings they create.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 3:

The authentic conversation

Attachment is often talked about as a goal. This naturally leads us to focus on what a parent needs to do (or know) in order to “achieve” attachment. In this theme, however, we view attachment as the quality of conversation that parent and baby have with each other. This helps us become more attuned to the ways that parents and babies “hear” each other…rather than being fixated on our opinion about what they “should be saying” to each other.

In this theme we work through some of the protocols and considerations that the facilitator uses to deliver the First Touch Program. These approaches enable us to support parent and baby in communicating more authentically with each other. In turn, this helps us to nurture the relationship between them.

The modules in this theme are mostly practical.  We will provide you with the framework and activities for delivering the First Touch Program. These activities reflect the idea that the role of the facilitator is not to direct parents how to interact or what to “do”. Rather we use our activities to enable parent and baby to use touch, massage, voice and other interactions in an authentic and personal way to communicate with and “hear” the other.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 4:

The baby as teacher

We often hear the expression that the “parent is the expert”. But how often do we take the time to think about what this actually means? Or to consider the actual pathway to engaging a parent’s expertise? What does parent expertise look like? Is it related to their knowledge? Skill? Intuition? Can the parent still be an expert without having knowledge, skill or awareness of their own intuition? How is their “expertise” gained? What do we do when a parent’s expertise conflicts with our professional knowledge about infant development and needs?

In this theme, we try to overcome these (and other) difficulties with the parent-as-expert concept. To do this, we need to consider the parent’s expertise in the broader context of their relationship with their baby. We introduce the idea that the baby plays the central role in the development of their own parent’s expertise.

The more we can foster the baby’s role as a Teacher, the less tricky it becomes to engage the parent’s expertise.We explore this idea by examining the ways that babies communicate. This occurs through their use of body language, body positions, body movements, eye contact, facial expressions, voice and skin. We explore the link between these expressions and their underlying neurological and emotional states. This theme asks students to build their ability to notice these behaviours and to become curious about what the baby is teaching us. This allows us to more directly draw out the infant’s role as the teacher…and the parent as expert…within the infant massage education setting.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 5:

Parent-baby infant massage classes

These practical sessions allow you to observe, reflect on and practice the delivery of the First Touch infant massage Program. The sessions are designed to support you to apply the themes, principles and theory in a real-life infant massage education setting.

Parents and babies join the class-room for a modified/ abbreviated version of the First Touch Program over three days. Trainers and students will work together to run the infant massage groups together. As a result, students can practice and observe the program delivery and dynamics in a supported environment.

In these sessions, students are immersed in the real-life, spontaneous dynamics, interactions and communication occurring between facilitators, parents and babies during a First Touch Program. We then review our observations in-depth. Our experiences are considered in the context of the function of parent-infant interaction, infant cues, the baby’s role as the teacher, and other key themes.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 6:

Beginning as an infant massage educator

Moving into independent practice opens up many challenges and questions. For this reason, we assist you to navigate some of these challenges by introducing some relevant topics and resources. We will explore some of the legal and professional regulations that impact on parent educators. We will also explore some methods and approaches you can use to engage parents and colleagues in the First Touch Program.

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Infant massage course content:

The cue-based infant massage training will empower you to transform early parent-baby relationships.

This training will qualify you to teach the First Touch Program. This is a program which supports responsive and sensitive interaction between parents and babies. The program is evidence-informed, peer-reviewed and strengths-based.

infant massage course content

This infant massage course content will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights to deliver parent education programs in cue-based infant massage.

This training is the only nationally (government) accredited infant massage course in Australia. The program meets the national competency standards in Delivering Cue-Based Infant Massage Education to Families. The program is also the only also infant massage course in Australia to meet, and exceed, the International Association of Infant Massage (Australia) standards.

You will be eligible to register with Baby in Mind as a parent educator, and to be licenced to deliver the First Touch Program to families.

This infant massage course content covers a wide variety of topics, including:

Rethinking infant massage

Touch and human development
History of infant massage in Australia
Mechanisms of high-quality infant massage education

You can do these three modules straight away for free.

Parent-infant communication

Talking with touch
The experience of touch
Relationship-based practice
Bonding and attachment

The authentic conversation

First Touch Program – 16 protocols and guidelines
Positioning and infant regulation
Environments to support parent-infant interactions
Supporting parent mindfulness
Infant massage routines – feet, legs, tummy, chest, arms, face, back
Gentle movements
Voice, singing, rhymes
Eye contact and facial expression
Massage for unsettled babies
Touch and the pre-term baby
Nesting and containment holds
Touch relaxation
Babies with additional needs
Adaptations for older children

The baby as teacher

Infant communication
Behavioural states
Infant cues, stress, reflexes and supporting parent sensitivity
Timing of massage
Infant crying, communication and emotion
Parent-baby group delivery
The Good Facilitator
Listening to the baby
Facilitating parent interactions

Beginning as an educator 

Engaging parents (or colleagues) in the First Touch Program
Planning promotion and marketing
Code of Conduct
Legal issues
Professional Networking

Session times

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Infant massage workshop times:

Find out how much time you will need to commit to this course, and the session times/ timetable for each block:

Pre-Entry Course Work


To complete this part of the course, you complete three, short modules online.

Combined, these modules contain approximately 4 hours of course material and teaching. You should allow another 2-4 hours to take notes, review materials, and complete the short quizzes.  You may need to allow some additional time if you are new to using online learning, or if you do not have any previous qualifications relating to early child development.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

There is no time limit to complete this block. You can commence any time, and complete the activities in your own time, at your own pace.

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Online Course Work:


This block is held over a 10-week time period. Most students will need to allow 3-6 hours per week to complete the combination of activities and assignments.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

Activities can be completed at a time in the week that suits your own needs as all materials will be available throughout the week.

However, you will be required to complete and submit an assessable task each week, during this block. The final assessment task is due one week following completion of this block (i.e. week 11).

Face-to-Face Workshop:


This block is held over 3 consecutive days. You must attend all three days of the workshop.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

A typical timetable is:

Day 1: 9am – 5pm

Day 2: 9am – 5pm

Day 3: 9am – 3:30pm

Practical and Practice:


You complete this block after attending the three-day face-to-face workshop. Most students will need to allow 20-30 hours to complete this block.

During this block you will be delivering a full First Touch infant massage program to five families in your community. You run this program over five (1 – 1.5 hour) weekly sessions. In addition, you will complete a number of tasks including planning and promoting your infant massage class. You will also complete an evaluation afterwards. Therefore, at a bare minimum you need to allow at least 6-7 weeks to complete this block.

You may need to allow additional time to find enough families to work with if you live in a smaller community. Likewise, you may need to allow additional time to meet the course requirements if you live in a community with lower levels of parent engagement.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

You have four months (following your face-to-face workshop) to complete this final part of your course.

However, you may request an extension of up to 12 months from the date of your initial enrolment (Block 2) to complete this block. This will allow you flexibility to meet course requirements.


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Nationally accredited infant massage course

Baby in Mind provides training for students who wish to undertake a nationally accredited infant massage course.

Baby in Mind offers the only nationally (government) recognised, accredited infant massage course in Australia.

There is a lot of information (and mis-information!) about accredited infant massage courses in Australia.

What is an accredited infant massage course?

Australia has a very complex training system, run by the government. In Australia, a nationally ‘accredited’ course is one that has been through a government review and approval process. This process also includes an independent review by experts. All other courses in Australia are called non-accredited or non-vocational.

Are all infant massage courses in Australia accredited?

No, because infant massage in Australia is not regulated. Infant massage instructors and infant massage training providers do not have to meet any minimum standards to practice here.

Accreditation of infant massage training is therefore voluntary.

In Australia, Baby in Mind is the only organisation that offers a nationally accredited infant massage course. This is also the only accredited infant massage course that meets the national standards in cue-based infant massage education.

But I’ve seen other ‘accredited infant massage courses’ in Australia

Some infant massage training organisations in Australia say their courses are ‘accredited’.

Typically, these courses are accredited by organisations in other countries, who use the word differently.

For example, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTBTMB) ‘accredits’ a number of infant massage courses taught in Australia. However, The NCBTMB is a licencing body in the United States. It has no role or authority here in Australia. Their process of ‘accreditation’ is equivalent to a continuing education endorsement here in Australia. Therefore, this ‘accreditation’ has no relationship to the Australian training accreditation process.

In Australia, it is illegal to use the term ‘nationally accredited’ or ‘nationally recognised’, unless a course is approved in our national training system.

However, the use of the term ‘accredited’ on its own is a loophole that creates confusion for un-suspecting students. Therefore, it is wise to look closely at any claims of ‘accreditation’.

In addition, you might also find the following useful:

Benefits of a Nationally Accredited Infant Massage Course:

  • Your training meets the needs of employers and community expectations. This is because nationally accredited training is based on industry and community consultation. The Baby in Mind course has been developed in partnership with many industry experts. These partners include: early childhood and perinatal health services, research institutes, community organisations, clinical experts and specialists, and large and small businesses in metro, rural and regional areas.
  • Your training course provides you with a set standard of skills, knowledge and competencies. This is consistent – regardless of your individual trainer, or where you do your training.
  • You receive a nationally recognised certificate on successful completion of your course. This is issued in line with the national qualifications framework.  In turn, this is more widely recognised in the sector, and more easily integrated with other qualifications.
  • The skills and knowledge you you gain through this course are transferable. This means your course is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.
  • You may be eligible for supplementary financial assistance from Centrelink to undertake this course.
  • The training provider (that’s us!) has to comply with strict standards regarding our practices. We have to meet standards in many areas that impact on your experience. Our compliance with these standards is regularly reviewed and audited by an external government assessor.

Course details:

Course name: Short Course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education
Australian Qualification Code: 10282NAT
Relevant Competency Unit(s): CIMDCI001 Deliver Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education to Families.
ANZSCO professional category: Health Promotion Officer (code: 251911).

Confirm our national accreditation at www.Training.gov.au

We are able to offer you a course with an organisation well-established in the community, with a high standard of ethics. Baby in Mind is a nationally registered Health Promotion Charity. To meet our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) requirements we partner with Relationships Australia SA (registration number 102358).

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