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Four-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
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.
Baby in Mind is a national not-for-profit charity and as such our focus is on ensuring that our training is as accessible as we can make it. For this reason, we set our course fees to you at the lowest possible price.
The full cost of providing this training ($3086 per student) is consistent with other accredited and vocational training courses in Australia. However, our organisation does not receive any government funding to subsidise these course fees.
Instead, we are able to reduce the final costs of providing this training to students through our fundraising and sponsorship activities. As a result, our course fees are significantly discounted, keeping them as affordable as possible for everyone from the outset.
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 for some students to attend 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.
We welcome scholarship applications at any time. Applications are reviewed three times a year, and successful applicants notified.
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.
Essential additional costs:
We try to include as much as we possibly can in your course fees. However, there are some additional costs you will need to factor in to your budget.
(1) Student prac. costs
Following the four-day training course, your assessment will include undertaking a student practical, involving delivery of the First Touch Program to five families. Within your course fees, we include the essential resources you will need to complete this part of your assessment: including your parent handouts and baby massage oils to provide to parents.
However, depending on your circumstances, you may need to factor in additional costs to complete your practical assessment. This may include costs of providing tea & coffee to parents, any printing you might need and, in some cases, hire of a venue (though most students are able to source a venue for free).
(2) Other incidental costs:
Please also consider that you may 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
* This training course currently consists of a four-day face-to-face workshop, followed by a package of self-directed learning activities (with trainer support) and assessment. From 1 Sep 2017, this course structure will change. Students will be required to complete a series of learning and assessment activities online prior to attending the face-to-face workshop, which will be reduced to three days. Following the face-to-face workshop, there will be a smaller number of assessment activities. We have made this change based on feedback from past students who have identified they would have liked additional time to complete the course material while, at the same time, preferring less time away from work/ family commitments to attend the training.
** 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.