Frequently asked questions

Who is involved in the training team for Getting Ready to Start?

The following team members can be involved in pre-service training:

  • Key trainer 
  • Co-trainer 
  • Foster carer

Other key persons may be involved as guest speakers, for example, child in care, natural parent, family members of a foster carer. 

Who can run the orientation workshops?

  • A key trainer can run the orientation workshops for experienced foster carers and other staff interested in being part of the training team.
  • It is recommended that there be local and regional planning with regards to the running of the orientation workshops involving both departmental and fostering agency staff. This is to ensure that training resources are used effectively and efficiently without duplication.

Are existing foster carers to be paid for attending training?

  • No payments will be made for people attending Getting Ready to Start training.
  • For the Starting Out and Continuous Learning modules, the procedure will be that foster carers can be reimbursed for reasonable costs associated with attending the training, for example, travel, childcare, etc.
  • Foster carers will not be paid for their time to attend training. The training should be flexible and accommodate the needs of foster carers.

Do Getting Ready to Start and Starting Out participants receive a workbook?

  • Key trainers are responsible for producing the materials that participants receive during the course of the training.
  • This includes making copies of the presentation slides, handouts, worksheets, personal reflections and learning journals.
  • Key trainers are responsible for supplying any binders or folders that could be used by participants.

Who pays for the costs in running the new training?

The foster and kinship carer agency will be responsible for meeting the costs of the training, for example, photocopying, payment to the foster carer co-trainer, catering, venue hire, etc.

How do I pay foster carers who are part of the training team?

The foster and kinship care agency is responsible for the establishing a procedure to pay foster carers.

  • The foster carer may also be entitled to childcare reimbursement through child related costs. 

How is training recorded?

  • Key trainer must ensure that all relevant documents associated with the administration of Getting Ready to Start are completed. This includes the record of attendance form, completed worksheets and copies of certificates, which are to be maintained on the participant's file.
  • Key trainer must maintain information in relation to Getting Ready to Start and Starting Out training modules delivered, locations and number of participants for regional planning and monitoring purposes.

Who is responsible for issuing the certificates for the training?

The key trainer is responsible for the issuing of the certificates. The certificate templates are available through regional Placement Services Units (PSU's). 

Will there be changes to the program?

Yes. Feedback from the evaluation forms will inform the continuous improvements to the program. Key stakeholders will be informed of these changes.

Further information

For further information about Foster care training, contact our Family Based Care and Support team.