FINE level 2: Practical Skills

This course is the second level in the Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) curriculum and is spread over 12 weeks, building on the learning from the Foundation Toolkit training. The first half of the course is devoted to behavioural observation and the second half integrates this into the caregiving context.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for any neonatal professional wishing to develop their own practice and become more influential in promoting family centred developmental care. It is essential for anyone with a leadership role in family centred / developmental care including:

  • Neonatal nurses and midwives
  • Neonatologists
  • Nursery nurses
  • Therapists working with neonates.

What is included in the course?

The course involves systematic observations of infants, structured evaluations of caregiving and reflective exercises with

  • Introductory study day
  • Course handbook and assignment workbook
  • Mentors with advanced training
  • Reflective diary
  • Recommended reading and helpful tips
  • Final seminar and assessment exercise.

Content focuses on the core themes of infant development, behavioural observation, parent participation, reflective practice, systems change and evidence based practice.


The next Practical Skills courses will be held in the following locations:

Dublin - September 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed)

How to apply

To register please complete the application form below and email it to If you have any questions, please contact the Training team on the same email.

The cost is £600 per delegate.

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Practical Skills Application

Download the application for Practical Skills