Getting ready to start training

Participants undertaking the Getting Ready to Start modules in-group training are to be given copies of materials for each module, with the exception of the session plans.

  • Where one-to-one delivery of all or part of the Getting Ready to Start modules is necessary, participants can be given copies of all learning materials including session plans, power point presentations, handouts, worksheets, assessment question sheets and participant evaluation forms for each module.
  • An overall outcome of competent/not competent must be recorded for each participant on the Getting Ready to Start training - record of attendance and competency outcome form.
  • When competency is achieved in each of the training modules, participants will receive the Getting Ready to Start - statement of achievement certificate.

Foster carer applicants must achieve the Getting Ready to Start learning outcomes as a prerequisite for initial approval as a foster carer.

Water safety awareness training can also be completed as part of Getting Ready to Start training should time permit, Water safety awareness training can be found under Starting Out training

Training modules

Getting Ready to Start training consists of four training modules. Each module includes a session plan, power point presentation, handouts and assessment documents.

Module one: Context of foster care

1.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan  (PDF, 1.7 MB) 1.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan  (DOCX, 4.2 MB)

1.2 Powerpoint presentation (PPTX, 1.6 MB) 1.2 Powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.7 MB)

1.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 803 KB) 1.3 Handouts for participants (DOCX, 914 KB)

Module two: Understanding the past for a child or young person

2.1 Facilitator notes / session plan (PDF, 1.4 MB) 2.1 Facilitator notes / session plan (DOCX, 3.4 MB)

2.2 Powerpoint presentation (PPTX, 4.5 MB) 2.2 Powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.9 MB)

2.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 594 KB) 2.3 Handouts for participants (DOCX, 349 KB)

2.4 Assessment (PDF, 1 MB) 2.4 Assessment (DOCX, 313 KB)

2.5 Activities (PDF, 609 KB) 2.5 Activities (DOCX, 778 KB)

Module three: Early days in a placement

3.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (PDF, 1.5 MB) 3.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (DOCX, 3.5 MB)

3.2 Powerpoint presentation (PPTX, 3.4 MB) 3.2 Powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.7 MB)

3.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 545 KB) 3.3 Handouts for participants (DOCX, 1.1 MB)

3.4 Assessment (PDF, 1.1 MB) 3.4 Assessment (DOCX, 112 KB)

3.4 Activities (PDF, 1 MB) 3.4 Activities (DOCX, 1 MB)

Module four: Quality care - working together

4.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (PDF, 1.1 MB) 4.1 Facilitator notes/ session plan (DOCX, 2.6 MB)

4.2 Powerpoint presentation (PPTX, 5 MB) 4.2 Powerpoint presentation (PDF, 1.7 MB)

4.3 Handouts for participants (PDF, 302 KB) 4.3 Handouts for participants (DOCX, 315 KB)

4.4 Assessment (PDF, 1 MB) 4.4 Assessment (DOCX, 112 KB)

4.5 Activities (PDF, 442 KB) 4.5 Activities (DOCX, 479 KB)

4.6 Participant evaluation form. (PDF, 184 KB) 4.6 Participant evaluation form. (DOCX, 132 KB)