Project Number 142748-LLP-1-2008-1- DK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Welcome to European Project FAIRstart.
The project has contributed to giving all orphanage children a fair start in life.
In cooperation with institutions and organisation throughout most of Europe we have developed a training program and a training material for staff and leaders working with children who are placed outside their family. The program and the material are available in 8 European languages and can be used in different setting and cultures.
Every human being should have at least a fair START in life but unfortunately, this is not the case: A large number of European citizens are deprived of the opportunities of lifelong learning and of the use of the possibilities offered by the modern knowledge society - even before the age of three.
The citizens in question are children placed outside their natural family in most European countries.
The ability to learn and the basic social trust of a person throughout life depend
largely on the emotional and intellectual interaction developed in the close parent-child
relation from birth to the age of three. Many of these children, however, are suffering from the lack of even the most basic human contact and care.
The aim of the FAIRstart project was to improve the quality of the basic human care offered to these children in order to provide the proper conditions for them to develop the basic early learning ability.
As its main result, the FAIRstart project has provided a training model and a training material for all interested European professionals involved in the care for these children. The training package is available free of charge in 8 European languages on www.fairstart.net/training in a web-based version as well as on DVD
The FAIRstart training programme is easy accessible, the target group is able to identify with it, and the training material is useful, relevant and meaningful.
The FAIRstart partnership is strong, reliable and experienced and consists of nine partners, representing eight European countries: Denmark, Romania, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Austria and Switzerland (self-financed partner).
The partners are adult education organisations, VET organisations and strong networking organisations and reflect different perspectives and expertise.
Maybe it is because the objectives of the FAIRstart project are so openly relevant and immediately comprehensible that there has been a large degree of will and determination within the partner group of achieving results that can be used with benefit for the children who are the ultimate target of the project.
In order to exploit the competences of the partners in the best possible manner and optimize the efforts of everyone involved, the partnership chose to organize in two working groups already at the beginning of the project:
The first group was the Training Partner Group, which was composed of the Danish project coordinating partner, the Romanian, Spanish, Turkish, Italian and Cypriot partners. The training partners established close co-operation relations to institutions and authorities concerning caring for children placed outside their natural families. Among other things, this working group has selected role models for the training, has identified the themes, which the training programme concern, and described the situations that are included in the training material. Furthermore, they have collected material in the form of photos, video recordings and interviews and they have been involved in the testing of the material.
The Training Partners have organized representatives from authorities, local educational institutions, NGO’s and practitioners occupied with orphans in local focus groups that also met on transnational basis in the project and constitute the FAIRstart Community of Basic Learning Ability Awareness. The aim was to ensure that the knowledge of the project will be spread and the results of FAIRstart project will be exploited.
The other group was the Group 2, with participation of the Danish partner ARGO, the Austrian and Cypriot partner and the silent Swiss partner. Group 2 was focused on development and production tasks, dissemination and exploitation tasks, evaluation and quality assurance tasks.
FAIRstart was organized with an attached expert, which was a great advantage because it ensured the professional level of the project contents and products. The partners and the practitioners who were involved in the project were co-developers of the training program.
The FAIRstart project had a twofold objective: Besides developing and offering a training package for staff involved in the care for children placed outside their natural family, the project also contributed with research and recommendations to the EU Commission on basic learning ability awareness.
You can read more on the project web site www.FAIRstart.net
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
material for open learning
open and distance learning
The most important product of the FAIRstart project is the FAIRstart training programme and training material, which is now completed and available in a web based version in 8 languages free of charge on www.fairstart.net/training and on DVDs. It has been tested in five countries and the positive feedback from the foster care environments and institutions that have been using the material in their daily work indicates that the material has the quality and relevancy that we aimed at.
Further information including contact info at www.fairstart.net
The programme and the material will contribute to improving the competences of staff giving care to small children placed outside their family and make them able to give these children a better start in life, no matter if the children are in an institution or in a foster care environment.
The programme consists of 15 training sessions including a self-evaluation part, the FAIRstart game “FAIRship” and a Handbook with instructions and guides to the program. The Training session are:
Training session 1: Introduction to the FAIRstart training sessions
Training session 2: Understanding basic attachment theory
Training session 3: What is professional caregiver behaviour
Training session 4: The Hospital Model
Training session 5: Insecure attachment in outplaced children
Training session 6: How are we doing in our training?
Training session 7: The secure base model
Training session 8: Caregiver style and brain development in babies and toddlers
Training session 9: Promoting relations work in practical tasks
Training session 10: Designing family like groups for attachment
Training session 11: Promoting the development of peer relations
Training session 12: Promoting social, emotional and cognitive learning
Training session 13: Breaking down socail barriers between placement and community
Training session 14: Evaluating the entire staff’s development process
Training session 15: Future development and knowledge sharing.
The material has been developed in the basis of the knowledge we have of the crucial effect of attachment for a child in the first 3 years of its life. In these years the foundation of future development and possibility to learn for the rest of the life is created in an individual.
The material has been developed in cooperation with a psychologist specialized in the attachment area and employees and leaders in orphanages and foster care environments.