The Sleep Game is designed to raise awareness of the importance of sleep for babies and children. It helps health and social care professionals working with families to better understand sleep in order to support families more effectively.
The Sleep Game is suitable for all professionals working with babies, children and families. It helps them to improve their knowledge of healthy sleep behaviour, which they can pass on to parents and families to be implemented at home. The game can be used as a standalone learning activity, or as part of a wider sleep training workshop – the workshop package can be downloaded below.
Sleep Game training package
Download free training materials to support learning with the Sleep Game:
- Training guide: a step-by-step guide to delivering sleep training featuring The Sleep Game
- Presentation materials
- Action plan: put learning into practice
“This is a fun and simple game that can be used for teaching the wider healthcare team on sleep, and a welcome resource that will be used frequently in staff training. It is always good to reinforce what you know and gain a wider understanding of sleep.”
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sleep, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
“I played the game at a family day run by our sleep service. It is a great game to help people gain more understanding of sleep, and good tips for improving sleep. I found it informative, a good way to think about all of the answers and what could be the causes of poor sleep.”
Parent of a child with narcolepsy
“I think this game is great. Really useful for training purposes for staff to have a better understanding of sleep, and also to promote discussion around sleep.”
Paediatric Sleep Psychologist, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Professionals want sleep training
We surveyed a range of professionals who work with children and families.
Feedback from respondents:
“In order to support families and their children with complex/additional needs, we should be able to provide evidence based up to date knowledge, advice and information.”
“As a teacher who works with children with additional learning needs, I feel that it is beneficial for me to have an understanding of children’s sleep. Having a better understanding of children’s sleep would allow me to support both learners and their parents/carers.”
In The Media
“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.”
Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.