Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) program – Level 1

Course Description

FINE stands for, Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education. FINE is the only programme that gives neonatal professionals of all disciplines opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in steps that can be paced to their career needs, from orientation for beginners, to developing competent practice or leadership. FINE programs assist to bridge the gap between theory and practice with a range of learning opportunities that can be adapted to different settings. 

FINE Level  1 is considered a foundational, education program that mixes formal, informal and interactive teaching methods to introduce the scope and evidence behind infant and family centred developmental care, to identify gaps in knowledge and skills and to share ideas and question assumptions about practice.

Who’s it for?

Hospital doctors
Allied Health
Health professionals

What’s included?

Learning outcomes

The module consists of a variety of resources to support a holistic approach and provide strategies on:

Sensitive care

Neuroprotection: sensitive care helps to stabilise the infant, to protect and promote brain development

Parent engagement

Relationships: interactions between infant and caregivers, most particularly family members, have a significant impact on child development

Every baby

Individualised care: every infant is unique and individual needs can be interpreted through observation of the behavioural signs that give the infant a voice

Fee Information

The FINE Level 1 Program is currently priced at


(including GST). There are no discounts available.
  • assessment-exam Rural scholarships, and
  • module-quizzes First Nationals Neonatal Healthcare Professionals Scholarships (limited number offered annually)

Learning modules

Six key themes are utilised across the course structure: (1) Preterm and newborn development, (2) Behavioural observation, (3) Family engagement, (4) Reflective practice, (5) Systems organisation, and (6) Theoretical and empirical evidence

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) program – Level 1

  • Neurodevelopment
  • Models of developmental care
  • Preterm and newborn behaviour
  • Stress, pain and comfort
  • Behavioural states and sleep
  • Motor Development and positioning
  • Kangaroo Care
  • Sensory development
  • Supporting feeding skill development
  • Explain why observing babies is the key to successful Infant and Family Centred Developmental Care (IFCDC)
  • Demonstrate how infants communicate through their behaviour using the Synactive Theory of Newborn Behavioural Organisation and Development
  • Discuss the concept of IFCDC
  • Explain the importance of parent infant relationships
  • Describe the parents journey alongside their baby in the neonatal unit
  • Consider ways to support infant and family centred developmental care
  • Group activities to ‘unpack’ care in the neonatal setting
  • Tools to evaluate practice
  • Greater understanding of strengths and challenges in the neonatal unit
  • Identification of realistic goals
  • Evidence based practice is presented and discussed
  • With resources provided for further reading

The Graduate Diploma in Child Health is a postgraduate qualification delivered by The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and in partnership with Western Sydney University