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Course FeesReduced Course Fee

$ 1270

includes
$2646 value – you save over $1350!!!

No-interest payment plans available

Three-day hands-on training workshop

Small class sizes guaranteed

12 month enrolment period

Full academic support from your trainer during enrolment

Award of Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment (on successful completion)

FREE upgrade to Professional Membership and registration to deliver the First Touch Program for the remainder of your initial enrolment period (on successful completion)

FREE one-day refresher course can be taken any time during membership**

Student RegistrationCovers Student Costs

$ 370

includes
$440 value:

Liability and indemnity insurance whilst a student

Teaching/ demonstration doll

12 month membership to Baby in Mind (including access to all member benefits, discounts, free items and subscriptions)

All course reading materials, notes and publications

All course text books

Parent resource kit (printed handouts, baby massage oils) for completion of your student practical assignment.

Fee Transparency

Baby in Mind is a national not-for-profit charity. We aim to offer training that is as accessible as possible. For this reason, we set our course fees to you at the lowest possible price.

Although the full cost of providing this training is over $3000 per student, your fees are reduced to just over $1,600.

This is because all students receive an automatic subsidy of approximately $1,400, funded directly by Baby in Mind. We do not receive any government funding to subsidise these course fees. Instead, we reduce the final costs to you by fundraising. As a result, our course fees are significantly discounted, and are made as affordable as possible for everyone.

There is no ‘mark-up’ or profit built into the fees that you pay.

In addition, you may be able to apply for a scholarship or additional fee support to reduce your costs further:

Full and Partial Scholarships

Baby in Mind works with many business partners in the community who recognise the importance of supporting early infant mental health. Our business partners participate in an initiative called Impact 180, and provide scholarships to assist with fees for this training.

A range of scholarships are available and cover either part, or all, of the course fees.

Most scholarships are directed toward existing health workers and volunteers who work directly with more vulnerable families. We also have some scholarships available for members of particular professional organisations, as well as women re-entering the workforce.

Over the past two years our scholarship program has become extremely competitive and we have received hundreds more applications than we have had scholarships available for. In addition, our training program is rigorous and in-depth which means that awardees must have complete commitment to completing the training.

For these reasons, our available scholarships are now only open to students already enrolled in the course. Applicants are reviewed for the scholarship after successful graduation from the Cue-Based Infant Massage course. The scholarship is awarded in the form of a grant to the value of the scholarship.

Payment Plans

Baby in Mind offers a range of no-interest payment plan options to suit your budget. Payment plans are available for three, six, 12, 24 and 36 month terms. You can read more detail about this here.

Additional Fee Support

As this course is nationally recognised, you may be eligible for further financial assistance from a range of other sources:

(1) If you are on a low income, already in receipt of Centrelink benefits, or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker, you may be eligible for an additional Centrelink supplement to undertake accredited training. As a first step, you should contact your Centrelink office to see if you are eligible.

(2) If you are the spouse (married or de-facto) of someone serving the Defence Services, you may be eligible for a part or full scholarship from Defence Community Organisation under the PEEP Scheme. If this applies to you, talk with your local office about what financial assistance you may be eligible for.

(3) Some of our students receive fee support from employment or return-to-work schemes.

Additional Costs

Essential additional costs:

We try to include as much as possible in your course fees. However, there are some other costs you need to factor in to your budget.

(1) Student prac. costs

Following the three-day training course, your assessment tasks include delivery of the First Touch Program to five families. We include most of the essential resources you will need to complete this in your student pack. This includes your parent handouts and baby massage oils to provide to parents.

However, depending on your circumstances, there may some extra costs to complete your practical assessment. For example: costs of providing tea & coffee to parents, any printing you might need. Depending on your situation you may also need to hire of a venue (though most students are able to source a venue for free).

(2) Other incidental costs:
You may also have other incidental costs associated with your training. These are typically the same sorts of costs associated with undertaking any sort of study: for example, paper and printing, and childcare costs you need in order to complete your studies, petrol, etc.

Optional additional costs:

Additional costs you may need to consider are:

~ Costs of airfares, travel, accommodation etc. to attend the face-to-face training if you live out-of-area.

~ Any additional resources you wish to purchase – e.g. books, materials to set up your teaching kit, etc.

Notes on course inclusions

** Any eligible member of Baby in Mind, can re-attend or re-take any section of the training course, up to one day, FREE of charge. This is included in Student membership and the Premium Professional membership.

Payments

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Payment of fees

You can pay for your fees in one of two ways:

Option 1: Pay Up-front

You can pay your course fees up-front. Final payment is due two weeks before your course commences.

Once we receive your application, we will process your enrolment. If approved, will send you two invoices:

  1. An invoice for your course materials and registration costs ($370), payable within 7 days; and
  2. An invoice for your course ($1270) payable no later than two weeks before your course starts.

There is a section on your course application for you to indicate if you or your employer is paying your fees. We will send the invoices to the appropriate person as you request.

Your invoices will contain details for making your payment of course fees. For security reasons we do not take payments over the phone. Payment may be made by bank deposit, internet banking, or credit card/ PayPal online.

Option 2: Pay your fees off.

Your course fees can be finalised with a payment plan over 3, 6, 12, 24 or 36 months.

You can select this option when you enrol.

After we process your enrolment, we will send you:

  1. An invoice for your registration costs and an initial set-up fee. This is payable within seven days.
  2. At the same time, we will send you an agreement to sign, outlining the terms, conditions and dates that your payments will fall due. There is no third party lender involved or complicated forms: you simply agree with us to make the repayments. You must also return this to us within seven (7) days.
  3. There is no obligation: if we don’t get your agreement back within seven days we’ll simply assume you have changed your mind and revert you back to the up-front payment option.
  4. Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions of the repayments, we’ll set up an automatic deduction from your credit card/ PayPal account, to occur on the first of each month.

Want to know more about the payment plan option? 

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions:

How much is each repayment?

The repayments you make will depend on the term of your agreement. The payment amount includes your course fees, plus the costs we pay to the banks and other services for managing your payment plan. Repayments on a payment plan are:

~ $481.99 per month, for three months OR

~ $243.66 per month, for six months OR

~ $124.49 per month for 12 months OR

~ $64.92 per month for 24 months OR

~ $45.06 per month for 36 months.

Do I have to pay a deposit?

Yes. In addition to your repayments, you need to pay a deposit of $270 within 7 days of enrolling.

Your first repayment for your course fees will then be deducted on the first day of the following month.

Can I see a copy of the payment plan agreement before I choose how to pay my course fees?

Yes, of course. Here is a sample agreement for a six-month payment plan.

What happens if I can’t pay my fees on time?

We ask that you notify our office at least three working days before your payment is due if you are going to have difficulty making your monthly payment. We understand that circumstances can crop up, and we can adjust the payment date if you need.

Likewise, if your circumstances change permanently we can, in some circumstances, adjust your monthly repayment amount.

However, if there are insufficient funds in your account and you do not let us know, our bank charges us a $22 dishonour fee, which obviously we need to pass along to you.

What happens if I change my mind or want to withdraw from my enrolment?

All of the same refunds and course withdrawal policies apply as if you were paying your fees up-front. This is explained more fully in your enrolment form and in your payment plan agreement.

Do you charge any interest on payment plans?

No. All costs are fully explained in the Agreement, and do not include interest.

Is there any fine print?

The payment plan agreement is a legally binding contract and, therefore, it is important you read it carefully and only sign it if you agree with the terms and conditions.

We encourage you to take careful note of refund and cancellation rules.

In addition, you should also note that if you are on a payment plan, we will not issue your certificate until 9 months of regular payments have been made. This is only likely to affect people on longer payment plans who may be submitting course-work for assessment with some payments still remaining.

I have other questions not answered here.

Fantastic! Get in touch with us, and we’d love to help.

Scholarships

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Baby in Mind works with many business partners in the community who recognise the importance of supporting early infant mental health. Our business partners participate in an initiative called Impact 180, and provide financial support to provide scholarships to attend this training.

A range of scholarships are available. Most scholarships are directed toward existing health workers and volunteers who work directly with more vulnerable families. We also have some scholarships available for members of particular professional organisations, as well as women re-entering the workforce.

We have recently made some changes to our scholarship program. Due to (extremely) popular demand for scholarship places, and the rigor and intensity of the training we offer, we now require applicants to demonstrate a commitment and ability to complete the training course. For this reason, scholarship applications are now only open to students who are already enrolled the infant massage training course and are awarded retrospectively, after completion of the qualification.

Ongoing Costs

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What does it cost to set up an infant massage practice?

We provide detailed information about the costs of this course. This includes information about extra “out of pocket” expenses during your training.

Once you graduate, you may have some other optional costs, depending on your own goals and circumstances.

Private Practice/ Business Costs

If you want to teach infant massage in private practice, you will be pleased to know that getting started will not take a large investment.  Many services and supports you will need can be easily obtained. You can expand on these as your practice grows.

However, you will still have a range of up-front costs to set up your infant massage practice. You will need to factor in these costs when setting your program fees.

As a bare minimum you will need to purchase insurance suitable to your business needs, and to purchase supplies/ stock for your classes. These do not need to be excessive costs: many people are able to start-up their practice with a budget ranging from $500 – $1,000.

In setting up private practice, you will also need to consider how to begin engaging parents in your classes – there are many effective free and low-cost advertising options.

Depending on your budget and circumstances, and as your practice grows, you may choose to also consider things like:

  • Setting up a website
  • Designing a logo
  • Other promotional and networking activities
  • Software or programs that you want to use in managing your practice
  • Costs of any professional services that you might want to use – such as accounting services.

Of course, these are just general ideas to consider.

Before starting any business, we encourage you to do your own research. You might also like to seek professional advice about your own situation.

Ongoing Registration

After graduating, most of our students elect to stay on as Professional Members of Baby in Mind.

However, there is no obligation for you to remain a member of Baby in Mind once you graduate. If you do not wish to have an ongoing affiliation with Baby in Mind you are still able to go on to teach infant massage independently, with a sound, well-recognised, accredited qualification behind you.

If you elect to take out Professional Membership with Baby in Mind you will be able to:

  • continue to deliver the “First Touch Program” in your work.
  • use the Baby in Mind trademarks/ logos indicating your professional affiliation with the organisation.
  • be publicly listed as a registered as a certified infant massage educator
  • and, depending on your level of membership, access the range of supports available to members.

The cost of registration with Baby in Mind ranges from $150 to $205 per year, depending on the membership package that you select. There are a range of payment options available. These include casual monthly memberships, and discounts for 2-year memberships. If you work in private practice, you need to factor this cost into the fees you charge parents. Many educators who work in paid employment have their membership costs met by their employer.

Infant Massage Continuing Professional Development

All professional members of Baby in Mind are required to do 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities per year.

Your CPD activities can include workshops and courses. They can also be self-directed activities and projects, or a combination.

Most members who already have CPD requirements (e.g. as nurses, midwives or massage therapists) will find that their existing CPD activities also meet the requirements for Infant Massage Educators with Baby in Mind – and do not need to undertake any extra CPD.

There are a many free and low-cost professional development options. This means that, regardless of your circumstances, your costs in this area should be minimal.

Refunds

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We know that sometimes, for a variety of reasons, some students enrolling in our course are unable to continue with their enrolment or complete their training. This can be due to circumstances beyond your control – such as illness or other unexpected situation – or because you change your mind.

For this reason we offer a range of options for you, at various stages throughout your student journey.

Before you enrol

Before you enrol in this course, we encourage all students to read the course information to ensure this course will meet your needs. In particular, we think that the information about the assessment and workload requirements, opportunities after graduation, and course suitability will help you make an informed choice.

After enrolling, you have a cooling-off period

If your enrolment form is submitted prior to 5pm (AEST) at least 6 weeks before your course commences, you have a cooling-off period of 72 hours from the time you submit your application, to withdraw and cancel your enrolment without becoming liable for the full course fees.

If you withdraw your application during the cooling-off period, you will not be liable for the full course fees. Any fees paid by you to Baby in Mind will be refunded. A $60 administration fee will still be charged.

We cannot offer a cooling-off period if you enrol in your course less than 6 weeks before your course commences. And you become liable for your fees on submission of your enrolment form.

We will give you a refund or waive your liability for fees in some situations:

We will issue you with a refund money you have paid to us and waive any liability for your fees if:

  • The course is postponed or cancelled by Baby in Mind ; or
  • Your enrolment is not approved; or
  • You withdraw your enrolment during the cooling-off period (less a $60 administration fee).

When we don’t issue refunds or waive liability for fees

Except when the cooling-off period applies, we do not issue refunds or waive your liability for course fees if you cancel, change your mind or do not attend or complete the course for any reason. This policy is strictly upheld.

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