How long is the course?
The Peer Supporter course is 1 day. This can be split over two days: an afternoon + the following morning.
The full-day option starts at 9 am and finishes at 5.30 pm.
The two half-days option is 1-4:30pm and 9am-1pm.
Where is the course held?
I can come to a location close to you. You can check to see if any of the locations currently arranged suit you, or you can get your own group together of 4-12 people. This helps us with ensuring planned courses do run and are not organised only to get cancelled nearer the time. We prefer spending our energy looking after the ever-growing peer supporters and adding to the services we offer to you.
If you don’t know anybody else who is interested, please register your interest in training and that helps me see the areas where courses need to be held.
If getting your own group together, you need to agree on a date from the possible dates on the website. You can get in touch either before or after this step to make sure your favourite date will not get snapped up right in front of your eyes!
Once you get in touch, I will need all the names and email addresses of the participants. Booking will then open on the website for the specific location, after which the participants receive the extra information needed for the course. Feel free to request further information at any time if you need more information prior to joining a group.
We will look at a suitable venue, which will be confirmed once all the deposits are received. Your local knowledge is greatly appreciated for this but not obligatory.
If the dates available do not work for you, let us know as we may be able to move things around to accommodate you, or open up more future dates.
Do not hesitate to get in touch!
How many participants can you have on any one course?
There is a maximum of 12 new participants to ensure the quality is not compromised by bigger numbers. Previous students are welcome back to refresh their memory, subject to available resources and venue size.
Who is the course for?
Anyone who is interested in baby-carrying and would like to help others by passing on your personal experience. This course covers basic knowledge to help you gain confidence in your abilities to help others. It also has potential to fill gaps in your personal carrying knowledge and bring your practice up to date with current understanding. There are also handouts available to be used as refreshers if need be.
Do I need to bring anything?
A pen! All other equipment will be available (slings and demo dolls) unless there is prior arrangement with the individuals or group to provide some equipment to reduce transport costs. Feel free to bring any slings you have, especially the ones you are not familiar with. You are welcome to record anything you wish to, as long as it is only for your personal use.
Do I need to do anything after the course?
At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance with which you can register with Babywearing Educators NZ to receive professional indemnity insurance and begin working as a Baby Carrier Consultant, should you wish to.
To receive a Certificate of Completion you will be asked to do a project of your choice to benefit the baby-carrying community. It can be an article, a video, an audio document, a compilation of documents, whichever format suits you. I will also ask you to get feedback from your customers to be passed onto me, for us to discuss and to check how we can improve. Positive feedback will be passed onto you. The project and positive client feedback comprise the final component of the course to receive the final certificate.
Can I bring my baby/toddler?
It is up to you, providing he/she is healthy (meaning no chicken pox for instance!). The day is quite long, so to get the most out of it, you might prefer to be able to focus without having to look after a little one. You can bring another adult to help out if you wish. If you decide that it is best for you to come with your little one, I will ask you to make sure he/she does not disturb the other participants’ learning. Remember that you can return to another course, so if you do miss some parts of the course, you will be able to come again!
Will I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes you will! And we celebrate with a photo posted on our blog and Facebook page.
Will I be free to volunteer in the way I want or am I expected to do it in a specific way?
Every babywearing / baby carrier meet/library team works in it’s own way and this diversity is important.
The philosophy behind Slingababy NZ Training School is about empowering parents. I will share with you some valuable methods for demonstrating slings and carriers to people, however, it is your choice whether you choose to use them or not.