Silentnight Private Staff are the only Staffing agency in the UK to offer in house training through our sister company MANNTA Training. Start your new career with us today and let us guide you all the way from the classroom to your first work placement.

All courses are OCN accredited and bespoke to MANNTA Training, courses are tailored to the needs of every level of childcare professionals so whether you are just starting out in the childcare industry or you are experienced but wish to specialise in a particular field we offer a tailored range of MANNTA™ training courses which cover several specialist areas: Maternity Nurse Training Course; Sleep Consultant Training Course; Care of Multiples Course; Breastfeeding Skills. All our courses have been accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) London giving candidates a universally recognised qualification, helping to raise their career to the next level.

Our Courses..

MATERNITY NURSE PLACEMENT SCHEME

Once you’ve completed your training course we can place you with a lovely family as an extra pair of hands to help build your confidence and experience.

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Meet the team..

Caroline Zwierzchowska-Dod M.Ed (Cantab), B.Ed Hons (Cantab) NPQH, NPQSEN, QTS
Caroline Zwierzchowska-Dod M.Ed (Cantab), B.Ed Hons (Cantab) NPQH, NPQSEN, QTSCourse Leader
The course will be delivered by Caroline Zwierzchowska-Dod, an experienced Newborn and Parenting Specialist. Caroline has been supporting families for 25 years, first in schools and nurseries as a teacher and headteacher, and then as a doula, maternity nurse, breastfeeding counsellor and holistic sleep coach.

Caroline has extensive knowledge and experience of supporting families with parenting challenges from the antenatal period through to school-age children.

Prof Helen L. Ball PhD
Prof Helen L. Ball PhDInfant Sleep Expert
Helen directs the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, & the Baby Sleep Information Source (BASIS) at Durham University. In 2016 she was appointed as Chair of the Scientific Committee for the Lullaby Trust.

Her work examines the sleep ecology of infants and their parents including attitudes and practices regarding infant sleep, behavioural and physiological interactions of infants and their parents during sleep, infant sleep development, and the discordance between cultural and biological sleep needs.

Dr Victoria Thomas MBBS, MRCPCH
Dr Victoria Thomas MBBS, MRCPCHInfant Sleep Expert
Victoria qualified from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and completed her paediatric training in Birmingham and across the northeast of England.

She started as a consultant at the Great Northern Children’s Hospital and works as a general paediatrician as well as working on the nutrition team. She has a particular interest in feeding in babies and in children with complex medical needs.

Dr Wendy Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS
Dr Wendy Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmSBreastfeeding Expert
Wendy is one of the founding members of the Breastfeeding Network and has been its resident pharmacist for over 20 years. .

Her work setting up the drugs in breastmilk information service was recognised with an OBE, and she has authored over 50 information sheets and several books on the topic.

Dr Dave Neale PhD
Dr Dave Neale PhDInfant Learning Expert
Dave’s research interests revolve around how play relates to learning, particularly in infancy and early childhood. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Cambridge for which he studied mothers’ play interactions with their 1- to 2-year-old infants. From August 2017 to August 2018 he was part of Roberta Golinkoff’s Child’s Play, Learning & Development Lab at the University of Delaware.

In addition to his research, he has acted as a consultant on play and learning for The LEGO Foundation and Skylark Learning Ltd., and given research advice or briefings to the US Military Operations Research Society and the UK Houses of Parliament.

Amber Brammah
Amber BrammahPre and Postnatal Fitness Expert
Amber is a Level 3 certified personal trainer and founder of Lovefit, a company dedicated to offering safe and effective pre and postnatal fitness solutions.

She is trained in many elements of pregnancy and postnatal exercise, and focuses on helping women to recover their pelvic and core strength and to celebrate their postpartum bodies.

Lisa-Marie South
Lisa-Marie SouthExpert Midwife
Lisa-Marie is an independent NMC registered midwife, a member of the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nurses, FEDANT, the Association of Radical Midwives, the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and the Association for Improvements to Maternity Services, and edited the Midwifery Matters journal for four years.

Her passions are supporting families through their entire journey into parenthood using evidence based and holistic practice, particularly to support informed decision making.

Professor Amy Brown
Professor Amy Brown Breastfeeding Expert
Amy Brown is based in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK where she is Director of ‘LIFT’ – the centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translation. With a background in psychology, she first became interested in the many barriers women face when breastfeeding after having her first baby.

Three babies and a PhD later she has spent the last fifteen years exploring psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, with an emphasis on understanding how we can shift our perception of breastfeeding from an individual mothering issue, to a wider public health problem. Professor Brown has published over 100 papers and five books.

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