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

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 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

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