Feedback from Fairstart Instructors all over the world
Two Instructors from Estonia and Canada share their experiences from their participation in Fairstart’s instructor education.
Certified instructors from Fairstart’s international network tell about the remarkable effects of using Fairstart’s training programme.
Dana Evans, American Instructor living in Russia, shares her experience with teaching Fairstart’s foster care program.Dana is a foster parent herself and has the oversight over several support groups for foster and adoptive parents.
Maria Elena Rodriguez Borrajo from Spain shares her experience from her participation in Fairstart’s Instructor Education. Maria Elena is a Child Psychotherapist working in La Coruña, Spain.
The results show that:
- The children’s well-being has increased: they are happier, more open and secure
- Relations between caregivers and children have improved and are now much healthier
- Caregivers have become more satisfied and proud of their jobs
- The caregivers now have a common care standard and methods, which benefit both children and staff
One of the care staff said, “Earlier, we really felt bad when children behaved badly with us, after so much of care, but because of the training, now we are able to understand why the child must be behave in this way.
They (caregivers red.) have been able to connect with their natural strengths as care givers, their own personal stories as children, and to connect with what they should practice more.
It’s easier, now than at the beginning of the training. I feel that each training session brings answers, paths to follow, like pieces of a puzzle that assembles one to one!
They (the caregivers, red.) were happy and pleased, that they could get some practical help to support the children in their care. Many of them came to talk about their concerns after the session, personally. Sharing makes you feel secure with your co-workers, otherwise it’s difficult to open your heart.
Most of them (the caregivers, red.) felt that they could see themselves in the children, they are taking care of, and they recognize the emotional reactions of the children, which makes it easier to relate to the children’s behavior patterns.
(…) the caregivers said that a cry or call for help or attention from a child is now a priority to them and that it is refreshing to them to know that they fulfil needs in the children simply by being available, accessible and interactive with the children.