Practical Skills follows the FINE 1 Foundation Course, bridging the gap between theory and practice in infant and family centred developmental care (IFCDC).

Please note you will need to submit an application form request to take the FINE 2 course. You can apply now using the button below. If you are eligible, a member of the FINE team will be in contact with you to enrol you onto the course.

Price: £1700 + VAT

Course Information


  • Develop skilled, confident practitioners.

  • Provide tools for evaluating IFCDC.

  • Enhance caregiver-family-infant relationships

  • Increase co-worker co-operation with IFCDC

Who is this course for?

  • Any neonatal healthcare professional who wishes to develop their own practice and become more influential in promoting IFCDC in any setting that treats preterm or newborn infants.

  • Prior attendance at a FINE 1 Foundation course is required.

  • Access to a computer with videoconferencing is required.


  • 4 – 6 months with weekly or fortnightly assignments.

  • 5 hours of self-directed study for each topic.

  • 12 hours of face to face contact with tutors/mentor (video conferencing).

What is provided?

  • On-line tutorials.

  • High quality course handbook (200 p).

  • Easy to follow lesson plans with prepared worksheets.

  • Guidance from a mentor with advanced training and experience.

  • Ongoing formative assessment with feedback.

  • Access to supplementary materials on the website.

  • Recommended reading and helpful tips.

  • Invitation to annual FINE / NIDCAP Masterclasses.

  • Certificate of accomplishment

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course students will be able to – 

  • Incorporate behavioural observation into infant care.

  • Adapt caregiving to maximise comfort and promote development.

  • Use active listening skills to facilitate parents’ understanding of their baby.

  • Confidently support parent-infant contact and promote partnerships in caregiving.

  • Influence others through demonstration of good practice.

  • Evaluate their own strengths and challenges as developmental care practitioners.

  • Evaluate current practice on their unit and identify possibilities for change.

Course Content

The course involves – 

  • Systematic observations of infants

  • Guided interactions with colleagues and parents

  • Structured evaluations of caregiving

  • Reflective writings

10 topics are grouped in two parts – 

  • Part 1: 5 topics that focus on neurobehavioural observation

  • Part 2: 5 topics that focus on implementation of IFCDC


  • Formative assessment is provided through feedback on written reflections.

  • Course work is reviewed and assessment exercises are included in the final tutorial.

  • Students submit for review and an action plan for further professional development.

If you would like to look at the FINE 2 course outline in more detail, you can view the PDF below: