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About Fairstart Training Programmes

Fairstart offers free online training programmes for caregivers and leaders at children’s institutions or other group care settings and foster care parents, respectively. The programmes consist of 13-15 training sessions that include all basic aspects of quality care for children, illustrated through text and video. The programmes teach caregivers how to improve child development and well being, how to cope with traumatized children, how to handle many children per adult, and much more. Furthermore, participants train collaborative competences between leaders and staff, between foster parents and authorities and biological parents.

The programmes exist in various language versions and each of them are adjusted to the local culture of the countries. Additionally, participants are encouraged to adjust their own training to fit their specific circumstances. This is a huge advantage of the Fairstart training programmes.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the online-based training programmes is to educate caregivers of at-risk children and youth in research-based quality childcare.

USER GROUP: Caregivers and leaders in children’s institutions as well as foster parents, who lack education in coping with at-risk and traumatised children and youth.


There are three versions of the programmes:

  • One for foster care systems (children 0-18 years)
  • One for staff in children’s institutions (children 0-18 years)
  • An older version also for group care.

All programmes have been developed with the assistance of a global network of researchers and child experts, thus ensuring highly professional educations. Below, you can read more details about each version.


To access the training programmes, click here, choose your language and select your preferred programme version. When you click “start” you will enter the first page of session 1. Each session consists of a varying number of pages. On each session page you can move on to the next session page or to the previous session page. At the menu bar you can access all the sessions.

Please note that not all the language versions are located at this webpage yet. We are working hard to make all of them available on this site, but until then, you will be relocated to another website, if you choose a language that is not yet on this domain.


This training programme is for training groups of caregivers in any setting where children and youth without parental care are brought up in groups and are cared for by staff, as for instance residential care, fugitive camps, children’s homes etc. It contains 13 sessions with topics that are relevant for caregivers of children placed in group settings. That includes how to practice professional caregiving, how to handle many children pr. adult, how to improve cooperation between caregivers and daily leaders, how to improve organisational development, etc. Our Certified Instructor Education is compatible with this programme.

This training programme is developed for training groups of foster parents, kinship carers or other settings where children and youth without parental care are brought up in a family. It contains 15 sessions with topics that are relevant for foster families. That includes the transition from traditional family to foster family, relations work, cooperation with authorities and schools as well as cooperation with biological parents. Fairstart is planning to develop an instructor education adjusted to the foster care porgramme.

This training programme is almost identical to the one for group care, only the session titles differ and it does not include working with teenagers. Hence, it is useful for working with children aged 0-6 years. It exists in the following languages: German, Spanish, Catalonian, Italian and Greek. If you are interested in training caregivers in one of these languages via the instructor education, please contact us at

Furthermore, we have five additional language versions in stock: Hungarian, Thai, Vietnamese, French and Arabic. If you would like one of these to become available, please contact us at 

We work with dedicated professionals and partner organisations globally. They translate and implement our training programmes; we set them up online. Demands are overwhelming, and we do our best to set up the programmes.