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Page 1/5: Introduction to your learning and development process

Introduction to your learning and development process

How to work with this material:

This training program has been developed and tested in daily practices by people like you: Foster parents from ten different countries who work with young children placed outside home. 

Many researchers and experts in child development have shared their knowledge about what children’s needs are in care. Through video demonstrations of quality care, suggestions and group discussions, you will learn many skills as a caregiver. The children will thrive better and learn more.

At the end of each session, you decide how you will practice what you learned during the session. All this learning is only useful if it is used in your everyday work and if you plan how to change your practices as a foster parent as you go through the program.

Theme of the session:

In this first training session you will be introduced to the Scorecard, to the basic ideas and content of this training program and to how you can work with the sessions. 
You will also be presented with a two by two interview with another foster parent – to understand how much important knowledge you already have from your own life – knowledge that is useful in your professional work as a foster parent. You will understand what is expected of you while you learn professional childcare theory in the program, and how you and your instructor can support each other while using the program.

Aims of the session:

  • To understand how to work with the training program, how to work together during the session meetings, and how to work between sessions at home.
  • To understand how your own life experiences provide you valuable professional knowledge of foster care work.
  • To be introduced to the Scorecard.