Sleep - Around 75% of children will experience difficulty sleeping at some point before they reach the age of 18. For many this will be a temporary situation that will resolve with time and a little good advice. However, for some children the problem can be persistent and can have a negative effect on their mood, behaviour, academic potential, longer-term development and general health.
Kirsty trained as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse with a combined BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing from South Bank University in 1997. After 5 years working with adults as a general nurse, Kirsty joined the NHS School Nursing team in Ashford, Kent.
In 2007 Kirsty completed a postgraduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing and in 2012 completed additional training at Canterbury Christ Church University to become dual qualified as a Health Visitor and School Nurse. She has been working with children and families for 15 years and has experience within both statutory and private services.
In addition to this Kirsty has recently completed a diploma in counselling and is a volunteer at Community Counselling Service in Canterbury.
Kirsty is married with 3 children.
In addition to sleep, Kirsty has a particular interest in emotional health with experience of working with attachment issues, eating, anxiety and postnatal depression. Kirsty has completed the Solent NHS Trust sleep practitioner course, she has worked with children of all ages from babies to teenagers. Kirsty is a member of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).