Sleep awareness training

Sleep Scotland now offers a two day sleep awareness course, which enables professionals to support families by giving advice on sleep hygiene. As sleep support workers, delegates who attend this course will be able to offer support to mainstream children while complex cases will need to be referred to a fully trained sleep counsellor.

Training course objectives

The aims of the course are as follows:

  • to give participants a good knowledge of sleep hygiene and sleep processes.
  • to gain an introduction to the principles of cognitive behavioural management

Expected outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • provide help and advice to families in order to establish and maintain a good night time routine for their children.
  • help parents to understand the importance of sleep and what constitutes a good sleep routine.
  • give parents techniques to help them put the routines in place at bedtime, in the middle of the night and in the early morning.

Two-tier training

We believe that the two-tier model is the best way of providing a sleep service. With this model the majority of the team will attend Sleep Awareness Training and as sleep support workers will provide sleep interventions to families of mainstream children or those with less complex sleep problems. The sleep support workers will be supported by the small number of the team who have attended Sleep Counsellor Training. These sleep counsellors will provide intensive sleep counselling to families of children with additional support needs and complex sleep problems. In this way all families will be able to access the level of support they require.

The two-tier model can be implemented through commissioned training or, on a smaller scale, through individuals attending our open Sleep Counsellor and Sleep Awareness courses.

Further information

View a sample programme of the Sleep Awareness Training.

Please note, the following information is a sample programme and may vary to the exact structure to that used during the course.

Day 1

  • What is sleep? Sleep patterns and processes
  • An introduction to the sleep disorders of childhood
  • A behavioural approach to sleep

Day 2

  • Bedtime routines and behaviour management
  • A parent’s perspective
  • Interviewing parents
  • Case study scenarios

You can also visit our Trainers page for a list of the experts who present these courses.

Course fees

The cost of attending this two day course is £250.

Commissioning local training

As with all Sleep Scotland training, Sleep Awareness Training is available for commission. This is suitable for any team in Health, Education, Social Work or the Voluntary Sector who wish to train between 14 and 24 members of staff. This will be the most cost-effective way of training a number of people and we would encourage you to invite other teams in your locality, where appropriate, to share the cost. Sleep Awareness Training can only be commissioned as part of the two-tier model whereby a small number of people attend Sleep Counsellor Training. This will ensure that all parents are able to access the level of support required.

For more information, or to request a costing, please contact us at or on 0131 651 1392.

Future courses

Visit our Upcoming training dates page


To apply for a course, please complete the application form on the upcoming training dates. If no dates are suitable, contact our Training team to be added to our mailing list.