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2022/2023 Certified SOS-Fairstart Instructor Education Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Lesotho
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

This education is developed for training foster parents, kinship carers or other people who work with children and youth who are brought up in a family setting without their biological parents.

About this course

This course is developed with SOS Children's Villages and is used in the quality care project, focusing on capacity building of family, kinship and foster family systems.

Acquired instructor competences

In this exiting learning process instructors will:

  • Work from research-based principles of attachment-based childcare
  • Learn how to train and educate groups of foster and kinship carers
  • Facilitate the creation of strong family values and identity
  • Contribute to building local professional childcare systems
  • Be co-designers of their own and others' learning processes
  • Become part of an international instructor community

Structure and content

8 modules take participants through a unique mix of practical teaching and theoretical learning on this online education platform. The platform offers a range of guides, videos and forums for support, creativity and sharing among students. The education is a class-based course, but is not limited by geography, meaning that a student team takes the education together but may do it from different locations. Within each module, instructor students will train a parent group in Fairstart's online training programme (available on our webpage).

The education complies with EU educational standards at level 5, and your participation will make you an attractive, professional developer of social systems for abandoned and vulnerable children.

A tool for professional development

The process of becoming an instructor is not only an exciting process for you - the caregivers who receive your training will learn how to develop constructive practices and how to continously implement them in their daily care of foster and kinship children. Research shows that children who live with well-trained and competent foster parents experience significantly higher success as adults in both their personal, social and professional lives.

Since 2005, Fairstart has been developing complete training programmes that provide caregivers with practical skills and knowledge enabling them to perform the care that at-risk children need. The instructor education is your opportunity to spread and teach this knowledge. You can become an active agent of change!

Course Staff

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Auth. DPA clinical child psychologist, Niels Peter Rygaard