How We Can Help

Many children begin school at five, as most children of this age have developed enough independence and understanding to enable them to cope away from home for a longer length of time. We need to remember that each child is an individual and will develop at different rates and in different ways and school commencement maybe at the age of 6.

When they begin school they will come in contact with different ideas and the ways to behave at school and are also learning how to fit into the new school system, as rules at school may be very different to the rules at home. This can becoming confusing and tiring, so your five year old may become clingy or teary, especially at the end of the day.

Children may begin to resist going to bed for a variety of reasons one main reason is wanting to be involved in other activities. Therefore they start to resist bedtime and become involved in active oppositional behavior such as stalling tactics and this may lead to shorter sleep duration.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Sleep Issues can Sleep Rescue Help with?

  • Establishing an age appropriate routine for your child
  • Bedtime issues
  • Your child’s stalling tactics at bedtime
  • Eliminating sleep associations
  • Helping your child achieve a solid sleep to prevent falling behind in school work
  • Helping your child achieve a solid sleep to prevent difficulties with socialization
  • Teaching your child to sleep independently
  • Your child waking frequently overnight affecting the whole family
  • Helping your child to sleep through the night
  • Teaching your child to learn how to self-settle
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Fears and anxieties about bedtime
  • Early morning wake ups

What are your qualifications?

Our Director Gabrielle Russell is a trained Mothercraft Nurse, also holds a Diploma of Community Services in Early Childhood and a Post Graduate degree in Post Natal and Neo-Natal Care. Gabrielle has studied in total of 10 years and has 30 years experience in Private Mother Baby Units within the hospital sector, Public Sleep Schools and in the early childhood industry with a focus on sleeping habits of children from newborn to primary school age.

What sets you apart from other Sleep Consultants?

Gabrielle and her staff hold Australian Nursing Association recognized qualifications and Sleep Rescue is well known in the industry and has made guest appearances on the Morning Show, The Project, Current Affair and Chanel 9 news. Sleep Rescue was the first In-Home consultation service established in Victoria and Gabrielle Russell is one of the leading Sleep Consultants in Australia and is often asked for her opinion on new research and newspaper articles.

Unfortunately Private Sleep Consultants are not regulated in Australia at present and there are many consultants in the industry that market themselves as Child Sleep experts after completing various International short online courses. These courses are not recognized by the Australian standard Nursing Associations. Gabrielle Russell uses her extensive training and many years of experience as a Mothercraft Nurse, Educator, Parent and Grandparent to achieve results for you and your family.

What is the right age to seek advice with sleep concerns?

The right age to seek advice is when you are having an issue and you feel that the time is right for you and your family to seek some help. It is especially important in the primary school years to recognize that your child requires sufficient sleep to prevent them from becoming anti-social, hyperactive, aggressive and experience poor attention. This may compromise their learning ability at school, which may cause them to fall behind with school work.

What Location does Sleep Rescue Service?

We come to you anywhere within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and provide support where it is needed most, in the home. For those families not located in our service area we offer On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages so our pattern approach can be used in your home. Our team will help you to break the sleeplessness cycle, by looking at all the issues that contribute to your child not settling.

Which consult would you recommend?

In the Primary School Years if your child is frequently waking overnight we would recommend our extensive overnight stay with this consult we arrive at your house at 7 pm and remain with you until 6 am.  We will assist you with introducing a bedtime routine and help your child to establish a positive bedtime ritual to help your child’s sleep through the night.

If you are outside our serviced area, we have On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages available.

I would like a three night In- Home Consultation for extra support is this possible?

Sleep Rescue offers a three consecutive night consultation with our Founder and Director Gabrielle Russell. Gabrielle has studied in total of 10 years and has over 30 years experience in the Private Mother Baby Units and Maternity Wards within the hospital sector, Public Sleep Schools and in the early childhood industry with a focus on sleeping habits of children from newborn to primary school age children.

The cost of our Three Night In-Home Consultation is $3000.

You can call us directly on 1300 00 SLEEP during office hours to discuss your options or alternatively you can Book and Pay your deposit here the amount of $ 350.00 to secure the next available consultation and we will contact you immediately after check out to arrange appropriate dates to conduct your In-Home Consultation. You Consultation will be prioritized and will be completed within 14 days.

Read more on both our in-home and telephone consultations in our FAQ’s

How does the Sleep Rescue Consultation process work?

After receiving your enquiry, our Director Gabrielle Russell will contact you to discuss your concerns and address the difficulties that your child and your family are experiencing.

Gabrielle will organize a suitable date for your consultation after confirmation of your booking we will direct you to our questionnaire this will enable us to obtain further background information on your child, your family and your situation. The questionnaire will be required to be returned prior to your consultation.

Call us on 1300 00 SLEEP to secure the next available consultation or call us on during office hours to discuss the options available. Sleep Rescue will be in contact with you within 12 hours to organize your In- Home Consultation, our consultations waiting period is less than 14 days.

Or to book the next available On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages, call us directly on 1300 00 SLEEP. This consultation can be completed within 48 hours of your booking. Once you have purchased your service Sleep Rescue will be in contact with you within 24 hours.

The cost of the On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages is $290.00.


How many consultations will I need?

Most of our clients only require one in home consultation to establish a positive routine. After the consultation we provide you with the knowledge and confidence to implement your new strategies we have developed together in your Individual Family Care Plan.

How much sleep does my child need?

A child in this age group requires between 11 and 12 hours at night.

What methods of sleep training techniques does Sleep Rescue implement?

At Sleep Rescue we treat each family as an individual and believe that all families sleep issues and requirements are unique. We adjust our Sleep Consults to cater for the individual family and provide solutions that both parents are comfortable with implementing.

Does Sleep Rescue use the cry it out method, controlled crying or any other variations?

At Sleep Rescue we will help you understand the benefits of different strategies and together we will formulate a detailed Individual Family Care Plan that we will help you implement based on your family’s needs.

As a Primary School age child is older enough to understand and we are able reason with the child, we use verbal discussions and implement a reward system according to your child’s interests. Sleep Rescue will teach children how to get to sleep and how to re-settle themselves after waking without assistance from their parents. This process is designed to give children’s reassurance, comfort and security.

In this age group we feel that it is important for parents to provide your child with reassurance to help them settle. At Sleep Rescue we aim to offer you a service that will benefit both the child and the family to achieve positive outcomes. We will never pressure you to do anything that you and your child are not comfortable with but at the end of the day we want to help you achieve your goals.

Will I receive ongoing support?

At Sleep Rescue we believe in supporting our families, with our home consultations we provide you with free ongoing support throughout early childhood either through emails or our 24 hour phone support.

Speak to Gabrielle Directly on 0428 439 136 or email me

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