Healthy Sleep Training – Sleep Game and new free online Sleep Well training modules!

Healthy sleep is as important as healthy eating and regular exercise and sleep is vital for growth, development, learning and health.

Sleep Game

Learn more about sleep by playing The Sleep Game

This is an interactive board game that helps people working with children understand sleep and its importance to children’s development. More information is available further down this page about the game and its background. Many teams and services who work directly with families have already been provided with a copy of the Sleep Game to increase their knowledge and understanding and so enable them to support families more effectively. If you need a copy, please contact [email protected] to discuss.

There is a new training pack available to support the Sleep Game delivery. It will mean that any professional can pick up the game and deliver a training session using the game and also power point training session. Downloadable here:

Online Sleep Well training modules now available!

Three new free Sleep Well online training modules are now available to parents and professionals on the West Sussex Learning Gateway:

Sleep Well - Introduction module provides you with a basic awareness of sleep, including the importance of sleep, the science behind it and ways which sleep can be improved. The aim is to raise your awareness of the ways sleep, or lack of it, impacts a child, and their family.

Sleep Well - Getting the Best Night’s Sleep module looks at the ‘optimal’ sleep conditions and practices, which will lead to the best night sleep possible.

Sleep Well - Children with Additional Needs explores how children with additional needs may have different sleep requirements and how their condition may affect their sleep or routines.

All modules are aimed at anyone who is working directly with parents, families or children and are also appropriate for parents and carers. The training has been developed by a qualified sleep practitioner and complements the recently-released and evidence- based, educational Sleep Game.

If you are not already registered for the Learning Gateway, please click on new user request form, ticking the box that you would like a new user account. When registering, you will need to provide your full address and contact number.

To view and book onto the online learning sleep modules, click here and type 'sleep' in to the keyword search box.

Background information about the Sleep Game

The NHS in Sussex has teamed up with West Sussex County Council and Focus Games to help reduce the impact of poor sleep on children across the county

Sleep issues affect around 40% of children and young people, and an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with sleep disorders. In West Sussex, specialist health visitor Ruth Silverman is addressing this issue by looking at innovative ways to help professionals working with children and families to learn more about the importance of sleep for children.

Ruth, in partnership with Focus Games, has developed The Sleep Game, a board game training resource, designed to help professionals working with children and families improve their knowledge about sleep; such as health visitors, school nurses, nursery & early years staff and children’s centre staff.

“In recent years, I’ve been focussing on improving sleep awareness and training for a range of professionals in West Sussex. The Sleep Game supports this training and is a fun way of learning new knowledge and skills for any professional working with children.”

Ruth Silverman, RN, RM, RHV, Bsc (Hons), Queens Nurse.

In times of need and doubt, parents usually turn to a range of professionals for advice on their child’s health or sleep issues. Providing these groups with practical information and relevant training on children’s sleep will help them to improve their knowledge and confidence and ensure that children and their parents benefit from safe and useful advice on sleep.

Focus Games, West Sussex County Council and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce that The Sleep Game is now available for purchase by organisations or individuals interested in sleep training and hope that the game will help families across the country to get a good night’s sleep.

Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"I think this is absolutely brilliant. A bad night's sleep stops any of us from being at our best and for children whose young minds are developing at a rapid rate, sleep is especially important. This is a fun and interactive way to learn about why sleep is so vital, and the game will give professionals better knowledge to then pass down to parents, carers and young people about the enormous lifelong value of healthy sleeping habits.”

About the game

The Sleep Game is designed to promote discussion, helping players talk about issues related to sleep and allowing them to learn from each other. Two teams of players compete against each other to reach the finish line, asking and answering questions about sleep as they move around the board. Games can be played a variety of ways as part of formal or informal training or supervision. Its flexibility allows it to be played in many settings such as nurseries, children and family centres, colleges, community events and health settings.

Players will learn about:

  • Why sleep is important
  • Sleep patterns and stages of sleep
  • Sleep recommendation
  • Safer sleeping tips
  • Monitoring sleep
  • Consequences of sleep deprivation
  • Techniques to encourage sleep
  • Sleep problems for children with additional needs