I’m Cate and here’s a bit about me! I’ve always loved children and knew early on that I wanted to work with them. I started out by training as a nursery nurse and passed my NNEB qualification (NVQ level 3) in 1989. I worked as a nanny, in day nurseries and then had 2 little lovelies of my own. My first, a boy and my absolute pride and joy, quickly settled into a nice routine... except at night. As the months went on he was awake for hours and although I was a trained nanny I was out of my depth. I had many sleepless nights and many days shadowed by exhaustion. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 3 years later but my son still wasn’t sleeping through the night. Life was particularly tricky at that stage! It’s been 20 years since my son was born but I’ve never forgotten what it was like trying to work out what to do to improve the nights and how desperate I was for sleep.
Some years later I wanted to go back to work and a friend suggested becoming a night nanny. She’d been helping parents settle their babies at night for many years and very much enjoyed it. I enjoyed the work too, it was wonderfully rewarding to get parents some sleep! This led to an interest in getting older babies to sleep well too.
I qualified as a sleep consultant with an OCN course and later with a Babyem TM course in Gentle Sleep Training with Lyndsay Hookway.
Background to sleep
Sleep cycles and body rhythms
Sleep associations and Regressions
Nutrition and Health and their impact on Sleep
Brain development and self-soothing
The impact of attachment on sleep.
Sleep problems in babies, toddlers, and older children
On top of my OCN and Babyem training, I'm delighted to share that I've recently completed a course to become a member of The Sleep Consultant Academy. As well as the gentle methods I've been using I now also use the Comforting Through Change TM method in which we work through stages to achieve your goals.
Over the years I’ve helped hundreds of little ones of different ages who've had lots of different sleep issues.
If you'd like some help with your little one's sleep, fill in the contact me form. I look forward to bringing peaceful nights to your home very soon.