First Steps in Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE)

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. We have universal appeal with activity in over 20 countries and translations into 12 languages.

First Steps is a 100% online program created to introduce the key principles of FINE and infant and family centred developmental care.

Who’s it for?

Hospital doctors
Allied Health
Health professionals

What’s included?

Learning outcomes

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

Sensitive care

Assess a child using paediatric history and examination techniques including a developmental assessment, recognise ‘Red Flags’ presentations, and communicate your findings with the child and their family.

Parent engagement

Organise and interpret necessary investigations to assist with reaching a diagnosis in a timely manner whilst avoiding unnecessary costly and painful procedures.

Every baby

Formulate evidenced-based management plans for common acute and chronic paediatric conditions that can be personalised and adapted for each patient’s individual circumstances

Fee Information

The FINE Program is currently priced at


(reduced for a limited time from $149). You may be eligible for a discount to complete the program, discount codes must be obtained prior to purchase and retrospective refunds will not be issued.
  • installments 10% available for members of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses,
  • assessment-exam The Australian College of Neonatal Nurses (ACNN), and
  • module-quizzes The Neonatal Nurses College of Aotearoa.
  • Hospitals 50% discount for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Staff

Learning modules

First Steps in Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE)

  • Sensory development
  • Touch
  • Vestibular experience
  • Taste and smell
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Sleep
  • Sleep in the neonatal unit
  • Stress, Pain and Comfort
  • Pain assessment
  • Managing stress and pain
  • Positioning
  • Nesting
  • Closeness
  • Communication
  • Skin-to-skin (kangaroo care)
  • Feeding
  • Understanding baby behavioural signs
  • A 5 step approach to individualised caregiving

Sydney Child Health Program is a continuing professional development program in paediatrics from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.