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Safe Sleeping for Babies
Safe Sleeping for Babies
Safe Sleeping for Babies
Safe Sleeping for Babies

Safe Sleeping for Babies – Reducing the Risk of SIDS

Hundreds of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the UK as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is also known as cot death.

Figures from The Lullaby Trust charity show that 191 babies died due to SIDS in 2015, and while the number is falling, greater awareness of safe sleeping guidelines for babies is needed to reduce it even further.

Placing an infant on their front or side to go to sleep can increase the risk of SIDS, and it's vital that all parents and anyone who works with young children is aware of this. That's exactly what our Safe Sleeping for Babies: Reducing the Risk of SIDS e-learning course is designed to ensure.

Why take this course?

The knowledge picked up on this digital learning course could help to save babies' lives and reduce avoidable distress for family members.

After completing the course, learners will understand:

  • Recommended advice on safe sleeping for newborns
  • How to locate and provide supplementary resources on safe sleeping for babies

Who is this course for?

This Safe Sleeping for Babies: Reducing the Risk of SIDS course is designed for the parents of infants, as well as anyone who works in a setting where they may come into contact with babies; for example, nurses, midwives, nursery staff, nannies, childminders, social workers, healthcare staff and volunteers.

Course lesson plan

This e-learning course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and learning outcomes
  • Key messages on safe sleeping for newborns
  • Safe sleeping for babies
  • How to locate and provide supplementary resources
  • Summary and learning outcomes

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

End of course test

At the end of the course, there will be a 15-question test, with a 75% pass mark required. Learners can attempt the test three times at no extra cost, and further attempts can be arranged by contacting the Virtual College team.


After achieving a pass mark of at least 75%, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for their records.

Course duration

The Safe Sleeping for Babies: Reducing the Risk of SIDS course should take around one hour to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed and ability to absorb the course material. With Enable, our Learning Management System, you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, with your progress saved automatically.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

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