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In addition to my work as a Babywearing Consultant, and running South East Slings, I offer Training in all aspects of Babywearing.
Training Peer Supporters under the Born to Carry umbrella from January 2015, I decided to become an Independent Trainer in November 2019, so all the training I offer is now under one banner – Roamy Hunt Consultancy.
My training courses include training Retailers and Baby Product manufacturers as well as training Peer Supporters to work in other Sling Libraries or other parent-related fields. To date I have trained Doulas, Breastfeeding Counsellors, Retailers, Manufacturers, Health Care Practitioners, Post-natal Fitness Instructors, Childcare Practitioners and many more.
Courses are either hosted at my shop Bambino Baby in Petersfield, Hampshire or at a venue chosen by you.
Click on the section you’d like to find out about, or scroll to read it all:
- Setting up a Course
- Why Train as a Peer Supporter?
- Area Covered
- Course Costs
- About Me
- About the Course
- Get In Touch
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Setting Up a Training Course Locally to You
If you’re interested in a bespoke course, tailored to your requirements, please get in touch. These can range from a few hours in your work place to a full day course at a venue of your choice to an online training session via video call.
If you’d like to organise Peer Supporter Training locally to you, first we’ll need the minimum number of attendees (see table for minimum needed). Once we have enough attendees, with a date and venue agreed, we can start booking! If you’d like to see existing courses that are booking, these can be found on the link below:
I generally cover the South of England, including the West Country, Kent and Oxfordshire but am happy to travel further, depending on demand.
Why Train As A Peer Supporter?
People choose to attend the course for a wide range of reasons. Maybe you run/volunteer at a Sling Library or Sling Meet and want to ensure parents are provided with clear information? Perhaps you work with parents in a different field and would like to increase your awareness of babywearing? Possibly you want to be able to help friends and relatives carry their own children, but want to be sure you’re giving them safe, up-to-date information? Or you could simply be an enthusiastic babywearer who would like to increase your own knowledge!
I cover the South of England – including the Home Counties and West Country – and am happy to travel further if required.
Peer Supporter Training Courses last one day (9am-4.30pm) and are for 4-10 participants. For bespoke courses please get in touch to discuss your requirements
The Peer Supporter Training Courses cost £100 per participant, including travel within a 30-minute radius of my home. Additional charges apply for travelling further afield (any additional costs are split between participants). If there are 6 or more participants, travel is included within 2 hours of my home.
I ask for full payment of the £100 in order to reserve your place. Any additional payment required (to cover additional travel costs or for samples or demo dolls purchased) will be invoiced 4 weeks before the course start date, with payment due 2 weeks before the course.
If you need to cancel for any reason, providing at least 14 days notice is given, you’ll be refunded 50% of the course fee. If your place is cancelled with less than 14 days notice the course fee is non-refundable.
This table helps you calculate the estimated cost for your course, depending on travel time and
Max travel time from Petersfield, Hampshire:
I trained as a Babywearing Consultant with both School of Babywearing and Slingababy. I also have a ‘Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector’ Qualification – aimed specifically at teaching adults – and have been teaching adults since 2001.
I am passionate about enabling others to support parents with sound, safe, clear information; leaving the parents feeling confident and empowered about carrying their child.
About the Course
The primary aims of my Peer Supporter training courses are:
- Demonstrate empathy and tact when discussing carriers and babywearing with others
- Distinguish between whether a carrier is being used ‘sub-optimally’ or ‘unsafely’
- Identify what constitutes a ‘safe’ carry for different ages of child
- Describe the role of a Peer Supporter and it’s limitations/when to refer to a Consultant/Health Care Practitioner
They’re also lots of fun and a great way to meet other enthusiastic babywearers!
Get in Touch
If you’re interested in attending a training course, or organising one in your area, please see the available dates on the Peer Supporter page.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s
Do I have to be an expert babywearer/wrapper in order to attend the course?
Absolutely not! You will gain just as much from the course if you are relatively new to babywearing as you will if you’re more experienced. The course is concentrating on your ability to relay clear, safe information to others. It’s not a test of your own capabilities.
Where are the courses held?
Anywhere you like! Courses can be held at my home in Petersfield or at an alternative venue.
If the course is held at an alternative venue, generally one of the attendees offers to host. If no one feels they have space, or you’d prefer a different venue, any hire costs of the venue are shared between the participants.
The course is being paid for by [insert name]. How does this work?
Sometimes people have their course fee paid by their Sling Library/Baby-carrying Consultant/Breastfeeding support group etc. There’s no problem with this, however, payment MUST be paid within 24 hours of completing the booking form, without exception.
There’s a space to add the email address for sending the invoice to (if it’s not going to you). However, if payment is likely to take a while to be authorised, we recommend you pay for it yourself and then claim it back.
Do I need to bring a demo doll with me?
It can be useful to have a babywearing demo doll, especially if you plan to use your Peer Supporter training to assist people in the future.
Demo dolls are available to purchase on the course, courtesy of Slumber Roo. This saves you any postage costs. You will be given the opportunity to pre-order a doll/dolls on your booking form.
Do you want me to bring my carrier(s) with me?
Only if you want to. I will bring with me all the carriers needed for the course.
You have the option to purchase a variety of stretchy wraps and carriers at sample prices, to collect at the course, courtesy of Slumber Roo. These are available to anyone who is currently, or is planning to, work with parents and babies – e.g. at a Sling Meet, in a Sling Library. You will be given the opportunity to pre-order these on your booking form.
What about food?! I need to eat!
I ask all participants to bring a packed lunch with them. This means no one has to worry about not liking what’s provided/whether their food allergies/intolerances will be catered for. If you have a severe allergy, which could be affected by other people’s food, you can put details on the booking form and this will be relayed to the other participants.
There will be tea, coffee and cold drinks available throughout the course, plus various biscuit-y, cake-y goodies, so don’t worry – you won’t go hungry!
Can I get Peer Supporter Insurance after attending the course?
Yes! On completion of the course, I will send you links/contact details for some of the insurance providers that will insure you as a Peer Supporter.
I’m a busy person… is there any ‘homework’?
You’ll be asked to do a very small bit of preparation before the course (it really is tiny though so don’t panic!). There’s then a post course assignment. This is made up of multiple choice questions, a few scenarios to discuss and a section about the role of a Peer Supporter. Once this has been successfully completed a ‘Certificate of Completion’ is sent out to you.
Can I bring my child with me?
There’s no problem with babies-in-arms coming along to the course. If it’s possible for the parent to leave an older baby/toddler with someone else – maybe meeting up with them in the lunch break if they need feeding etc – parents generally find they can concentrate on the course more easily. We cover a lot in the course – with quite a bit of theory as well as practical work – and it’s not especially toddler-friendly.
The parent needs to consider the impact of their children on others and their own learning experience. However, all children are different so if you feel yours will cope with a full-on day of adult learning then they are welcome to come along. We also need to check whether the host feels they have space to accommodate everyone (e.g. If there are 10 participants all with multiple children it could get a bit tight for space).
If children do come along, we ask that they don’t disrupt the learning of others.
What if I need to cancel?
If your place is cancelled with at least 14 days notice, you will be refunded 50% of the course fee (£50, unless the course fee is more than £100, due to additional travel costs). If your place is cancelled with less than 14 days notice, no refund will be given.