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CPD and Training
Essential training and awareness courses are offered online through EduCare. EduCare is designed for those working within education and the support of vulnerable or ‘at-risk’ individuals and thus fits well with the carrying industry and range of clients carrying educators support. Each ACESL individual member or named team member can access this 15 module training programme, with individual log in and certificates. The ACESL EduCare package has been designed with the sling and carrier support industry in mind, and covers a large range of topics fundamental to safe and successful baby carrying businesses. Courses include:
- Child Protection
- Health and Safety
- Equality and Diversity
- Moving and Handling
- First Aid Essentials
- Practical guide to GDPR
- Fire Safety
- Safe Recruitment
ACESL has reached out to all known industry insurance companies, and we are pleased to share that we are working together with BGi.uk insurance providers to offer extremely competitive, discounted insurance deals to all members. It is hugely important that insurance providers and underwriters have a genuine understanding of the nature of sling and carrier support, and the risks undertaken. In working with BGi.uk, the exact nature of our work has been explored and understood. In joining ACESL, members show a commitment to safe and responsible working practices, and this is reflected in the insurance deals available. Coverage includes, or has options to include employers liability cover, cover for named consultants, sling libraries and volunteers.
Up to date industry information will be offered through our newsletters and members forums. These channels will provide ACESL members with easy routes for quick and effective information sharing. This is useful for sling and carrier news, new carrier launches, special offers from retailers and manufacturers, design changes and professional feedback. But it is crucial for reasons of safety – should it become necessary, ACESL will be a hub for fast and secure recall alerts, and a professional, collective voice for the carrier industry when slings and carriers are featured in news stories, positive or negative.
In joining ACESL, members are making a public and professional commitment to high standards and continuing professional development. ACESL will support members to adhere to the ACESL code of conduct, and help businesses and individuals to grow. In displaying the logo of your industry association, you increase customer confidence in your services, and in raising professional standards we increase the confidence of related industries in our service. Moving forward, ACESL is working towards support for DBS enhanced checks for all professional members.
Manufacturers and Retailers
We encourage manufacturers and retailers to become members of ACESL, with a carrier manufacturing and specialist retailer forum. We know that many sling libraries will also have a retailing interest, and that libraries and individuals often have close relationships with manufacturers. In joining ACESL, or becoming one of our sponsors, you can be sure that your brands are represented by fellow members, who are committed to high standards, insured and trained. Any special offers or prices can be sent out straight to the ACESL membership, and current membership can be a reassurance of professionalism and standards.
If you are a manufacturer or retailer, please check our Corporate Membership page for a bespoke membership package.
In our resources section, ACESL members can find downloadable professional resources which will help with all aspects of running a baby carrying business.
Our forums are open to all ACESL members. This is a great place to share information, from the latest carrier news to important safety updates. To get started, you can participate in an existing discussion, or create your own. If you are new to our forums, you can start a post to introduce yourself and your baby carrying business.
Use this handy table to help work out which type of membership fits your needs best. If you cannot find the information you need, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Key: * = Certain benefits require evidence that eligibility minimums are met e.g. certificate of attendance at peer supporter training.
Join as an individual for personal access to our member benefits. Individual membership is offered to all interested and associated persons, including those with an interest in baby carrying, a retired or paused professional, a professional working in an associated industry, and for those who support the aims of ACESL and the baby carrying support industry.
Join as a professional member if you are currently working as part of the baby carrying industry. We have four tiers of professional membership for consultancy and sling library settings. Please choose the most appropriate for your organisation.
Once your account has been created you can create a team and invite members from your dashboard to gain access with their own login.
- Tier 0 – 1 member:
A start up library/consultancy. Run by one individual.
A great way of finding out what ACESL is all about and a chance of getting started as a sling library/consultancy.
- Tier 1 – up to 3 members:
A small library in terms of ACESL membership. Often run by an individual and/or by volunteers, or as a small part of a larger organisation. Many new sling libraries will fall into this category, as will many offering carrier hire as part of a consultancy service. Stock levels, average hire rate or regular support hours are lower than other sling library services in the area, or in an area of comparative character and density.
- Tier 2 – up to 7 members:
The intermediate type of library in terms of ACESL membership. Slightly larger organisations are often run by a sole trader or a team, usually as a dedicated sling library service. It is usual for a tier 2 service to be a source of income for at least one carrying support worker, on a part time basis. Stock levels are usually broader, a carrier collection with breadth and depth allowing for more support hours to be offered, usually across more than one venue. Stock levels, average hire rate or regular support hours are average or slightly above average when compared to other sling library services in the area, or in an area of comparative character and density.
- Tier 3 – up to 15 members:
These organisations are mostly dedicated sling library services, many led by a figurehead or individual but some a collection of experienced carrying support professionals. A tier three organisation might have premises, part time staff or be full time employment for one or more people. They might work across multiple locations, with a large carrier collection, and their stock levels, average hire rate or regular support hours are larger than than other sling library services in the area, or in an area of comparative character and density.
Tier three is currently the largest standard membership offered by ACESL, but we recognise that there are currently a handful of organisations larger than this example, and that many more organisations are likely to grow to match as our industry expands. If you require a bespoke higher level package, please contact us with your requirements.
You can upgrade/downgrade your account at any time.