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Topic A: How to use the programme


The programme combines three basic elements: the Scorecard, the training sessions and most importantly; your reflections on what you learn during the training and how this learning affects your childcare.

The Scorecard will help you can an overview of the needs and state of each child in your care. It will also provide you with questions that can help you reflect upon the general well-being of your family. If you work with this programme without an instructor, please download and print this Foster Care Scorecard 1. By answering these questions you get an overview of where the children and your family have resources, and where you have challenges. Then you can decide which sessions you would like to work with.

If you work with an instructor, he or she will make sure to conduct a scorecard interview with you and the rest of the parent group.

At the end of your training, you will use Scorecard 2 to answer the same questions again. Then you will be able to see the development of each child and your family: Are you less stressed? Are the children doing better? What will you keep working on to improve your care practices?


HOW TO USE THE 15 SESSIONS

Conducting the Scorecard has given you a general idea of your foster care and the child(ren) in your care. You have decided what you find important to work with and to know more about. To view a list of all the sessions, slide the mouse/pointer over the headline “Foster Care” in the top menu bar. From here, you can navigate between the sessions.

 

What does a session consist of?

Each session consists of a number of pages. You navigate between the session pages by using the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the button of a page. Each session presents a topic through both text and video material. Some sessions contains more than one topic. Each topic contains discussions and reflections assignments to ensure your effective learning process.

In each session you will be asked to reflect upon and plan how to practice what you have learned. The idea is that before you begin on a new session, you take some time to implement the acquired theory in your daily practice. We recommend that you participate actively to ensure that the work plan activities fit your specific situation. You know best how to use the knowledge provided in the programme.

You will always find suggestions for work plan activities at the end of each session.

While you practice, you can take notes about how the children respond to your new care practices. We recommend that you keep a diary, because often, you can only see progress when you look back. Whatever observations you write down, they must not be used by or seen by anyone who is not participating in the training program. They are confidential material for you and your instructor.