About our workshops

The National Caregiver Training Programme offers workshops for a range of caregivers and registered caregivers.  If you are a caregiver for Child, Youth and Family you need to complete the 'ways to care' preparation programme before you can attend these workshops.  If you are an NGO caregiver you may be asked to take part in our introductory course, called Caregiver Induction before you attend any other workshops.

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If you're not a registered caregiver and are interested in becoming a foster carer, you can contact Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459), or visit the caregivers section of their website.

If you are unsure about which course is right for you, or would like further information, please contact us

About our workshops

If you would like to apply for any of these workshops please check out our calendar for up and coming dates, and then you can download an application form to apply.

Child Development

This course identifies a range of child developmental milestones and how you can provide the child in your care opportunities for further development. On this course you'll learn:

  • Brain development
  • Child developmental milestones
  • Enhancing the development of the child in your care.
Attachment and Resilience

This course will help you to build healthy attachments and contribute to building resilience. On this course you'll learn:

  • What is attachment and why is it important?
  • Developing secure attachment
  • Building resilience (the bounce back factor).
Understanding and Managing Behaviour

On this course you'll how to manage the behaviour of the child in your care more effectively. On this course you'll learn:

  • Values and Beliefs about child behaviours
  • Encouraging good behaviours
  • Responding to difficult behaviours.
Maltreatment and Family Violence

This course will help you to identify child abuse and neglect and respond appropriately. On this course you'll learn:

  • What is Maltreatment?
  • The effects of maltreatment and family violence
  • Responding to a disclosure of abuse
  • Breaking the cycle of intergenerational violence.
Health and Wellbeing

This course offers you great tips on how to provide a healthy environment. In this course you'll learn:

  • Healthy eating
  • Hygiene
  • Common child conditions
  • Mental health and disabilities.
Safety and Prevention

This course will help you to understand how to keep you the carer, the child in your care and their biological family safe. In this course you'll learn:

  • Concerns, Complaints and Allegations
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Environmental Safety
  • Keeping Records.
Identity and Belonging

This course will help you to support the child to maintain family and cultural connections. On this course you'll learn:

  • Powhiri - (meet and greet) Welcome and who are we?
  • Kaupapa - (purpose) Understanding loss and grief
  • Kaihakari - (fulfilment of purpose) Maintaining connections to whānau/culture
  • Poroporoaki - (closure/farewell) Celebrating and saying goodbye.
Legal Issues

This course will help you to understand the impact of the law on your care situation. On this course you'll learn:

  • Understanding the Law around children and young people in care
  • Legal relationships including access
  • Ways children come into care
  • Courts and Family Group Conferences.

This course will help you further your skills to foster and develop teamwork and effective communication important for the child in your care. On this course you'll learn:

  • Teamwork - working towards the ideal
  • The role of problem solving
  • Using effective communication.
Carer Families

This course will help you to understand how to strengthen yourself and your family in your foster care role. On this course you'll learn:

  • Rights and entitlements
  • Support
  • Self care
  • Carer personal learning plan.
Working with Adolescents

This course will help you to understand and appropriately respond to a young person with behavioural issues. On this course you'll learn:

  • Adolescent development
  • School / drugs and offending issues
  • Managing difficult behaviours
  • Transition to independence.
Strengthening Engagement

Strengthening Engagement is a one-day workshop about engaging with purpose.

This workshop aims to explore engagement from a workers (carers) perspective.

Everyday, we are working with children and young people who present with various behaviours.  Understanding the underlying reasons behind their behaviours is only part of our role.

This workshop explores key aspects of having an informed response to a child and young person's journey through using the right engagement.

Advanced Workshops

We have an exciting range of advanced workshops coming soon.  We'll keep this page updated with information about our advanced workshops shortly.

Caregiver Induction

We also offer a Caregiver Induction workshop for caregivers with Non-Government organisations. For any NGOs who are interested in making this course available to caregivers, please contact the Programme Administrator to chat about how we can work with you.

Caregiver Induction

This course is designed to help people who are about to have a child placed with them, or who are new to the role of caregiving.  It is recommended as a prerequisite to other courses available in the National Caregiver Training Programme.

Caregiver Induction focuses on the essential needs of caregivers. This course is designed to make sure it is suitable for all caregivers, or anyone who is caring for someone else's child. On this course you'll learn:

  • What is Fostercare?
  • Responsibilities of being a fostercarer
  • Safety
  • Professional development opportunities.