Small Wonders - elearning for healthcare
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About the Small-Wonders elearning programme

Small Wonders elearning programme comprises seven succinct sessions developed for neonatal health care professionals and anyone coming into contact with neonates and their families.  The programme is designed to optimise professional competencies by enhancing your understanding of the neonatal journey from a parent’s perspective.  This includes:  a review of the role of lactation physiology in expressing and getting to volume in neonatal care; how to involve parents as partners in care in the neonatal journey; how to support the transition to babies’ feeding independently; how to support parents as they transition to a new unit or home; and how to support neonatal baby loss with its unique challenges in bereavement. This learning reflects best practice and is consistent with an increased awareness of the positive impact that good family-centred neonatal care can have on the mental health and wellbeing of entire families, not solely the physical wellbeing of the baby.

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Neonatal care has advanced and improved the outcomes for babies in its care. However, the focus has been predominately on reducing mortality and morbidities for babies during their neonatal stay and their physical health outcomes post discharge. Less focus is concentrated on the outcomes for parents and the early relationships built with their baby.
Recent research and interventions have focused on the importance of developing a close and loving relationship by involving parents in their babies care right from the beginning. Evidence suggests that what happens in the first hours and days of a family’s experience of neonatal care can have a significant impact on outcomes.
This resource encourages empathy and communication, with up to date information and advice to help get the neonatal journey off to a good start and to empower families to continue this positive process at home.
Each session explores a particular theme within the neonatal journey and all sessions are integrated to provide a strong foundation to equip learners to empower parents to take an active role in their neonatal care journey.

Meet the team

  • Annie Aloysius

    Annie Aloysius

  • Alison Baum OBE

    Alison Baum OBE

    CEO Best Beginnings
  • Stephanie Kronson

    Director of Communications, Content and Digital, Best Beginnings
  • Laura Price

    Freelance medical author and editor
  • Nilu Perera

    Nilu Perera

    Evaluation Lead, Best Beginnings
  • Moz Cammack

    Moz Cammack

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Victoria Ward

    Victoria Ward

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare


  • Thanks to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity) for allowing us to embed the National Care Bereavement Pathway alongside session 6 which focuses on bereavement in the neonatal setting.

Thanks to the Small Wonders Advisory Group:

  • Anne Strong – Professional Officer, breastfeeding support
  • Dr. Celia Harding – FRCSLT, Honorary Professor, Division of Language and Communication Science
  • Maggie Fisher – Independent Health Visitor
  • Jane Denton CBE FRCN – Director of The Multiple Births Foundation/Co-lead Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Births Centre
  • Kim Redfern –Clinical Advisor, Child Health
  • Dee Yissau  – Network Educator, London Neonatal Operational Delivery Network,  Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jenni Jadodzinski  – Lead Nurse, Quality Improvement, London Neonatal Operational Delivery Network,  Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof. Elaine Boyle, Elaine – Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, College of Life Sciences
  • Erica Everett – Network Lead Nurse Neonatal Neuroprotection and Practice Development, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gail Johnson – Professional Advisor for Education, Royal College Midwives
  • Clea Harmer – SANDS charity
  • Claire O’Mara Lead Nurse/Innovation Lead East of England Neonatal OD
  • Chair of the Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA)
  • Michele Upton – Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation Programmes, NHS Improvement
  • Professor Soo Downe – Professor in midwifery studies, The University of Central Lancashire

How to access

In order to access the Small Wonders programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Small Wonders programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative – neonatal leaflet: You and your baby – Supporting love and nurture on the neonatal unit

  • Cherry, R. Blucker, T. Thornberry et al (2016) Postpartum depression screening in the neonatal intensive care unit: program development, implementation, and lessons learned. J Multidisciplinary Healthcare 9; 59-67
  • Aloysius, K. Platonos, A, Deierl, J. Banerjee (2018). The neonatal parent experience: How Integrated Family Delivered Care can help. Journal of Neonatal Nursing 24; 66-73
  • IFDC Care Bundle – App/Parent Education Chapter 13 Coping in the NICU

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