TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS

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READINESS REFLECTION

Communities replicate the evidence-based Parents as First Teachers model within an organisational context that has the staffing, capacity and community relationships necessary for successful implementation and achievements of outcomes.

We are pleased that you are interested in implementing the PAFT model to address the needs of families within your community. The following questions are intended as reflection and discussion points to maximise the success of a new PAFT affiliate.

Since compliance with the essential requirements is necessary to become a PAFT affiliate, please ensure that key decision makers review the Parents as Teachers Quality Assurance (QA) Guidelines. The QA Guidelines clearly lay out the expectations for replication of the PAFT Model with an emphasis on meeting the Essential Requirements.

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  • Community Context: How have you determined a need for Parents as First Teachers in your community?

  • Needs and Relationships: Are you aware of other similar services in your community? If so, how will Parents as First Teachers complement and extend these services?

  • Assets in Place: What assets are already in place in your organisation and what resources might you bring in to strengthen the staffing component?


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READINESS REFLECTION: NEXT STEPS

Once you have completed the Readiness Reflection and are ready to become a PAFT Affiliate, the next step is to complete the Affiliate Plan. Please contact Parents as First Teachers and we will send you one.

The Affiliate Plan must be completed and approved by the National Office prior to registering staff for certification training. To become certified parent educators, staff successfully complete the Combined Foundation and Model Implementation trainings.

As a PAFT Affiliate your organisation becomes a partner with an evidence-based home visiting model with numerous studies demonstrating positive outcomes. A successful and sustainable programme must clearly demonstrate its evidence and research base as well as mechanisms for establishing and maintaining model fidelity. Parents as First Teachers provides this foundation to your organisation- and more.


TRAINING COURSES

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PRE-BIRTH TO 3 YEARS - FMI TRAINING

The Foundation and Model Implementation training is a comprehensive five days training with the option of a follow-up day after workers have been implementing the programme for several months.

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3 TO 5 YEARS - F2 TRAINING

The goal of this two days training is to prepare previously certified FMI trainees to successfully extend the programme to families with children aged 3-5.


FORTHCOMING TRAININGS


TRAINING FEEDBACK

I have definitely learnt more about child development and how important it is for parent/child interaction to improve attachment and brain development.
Excellent resources to work with the families. A wealth of visual aids I like and will most definitely be using. Amazing quality of research-based knowledge underpins the whole framework.
I now understand how to use the foundational plans; I have more confidence to partner effectively with families and can see the importance and benefit of reflecting.
I’m going to ask my manager when I can do the 3-5 training!
I now have a clear understanding that the more parents know and understand about their child’s development, the more they can buffer stress.

From participants that completed Foundational and Model Implementation (FMI) training in Buckinghamshire - March 2019