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Foster Carer’s FAQ

The NFCQ Qualifications sets the standard for education within the fostering sector. 

Fostering Providers -Why chose the NFCQ pathway?

Whether a newly qualified foster carer or an existing approved carer the NFCQ pathway will give you the opportunity to join a new cohort of foster carers to lead the way in excellence.

You will benefit from courses written by top experts in their fields and underpinned by regulations.

We put trauma-informed relational education at the heart of the NFCQ to create wide-ranging, lasting change and make a significant difference to young lives, we put children first, raising standards and outcomes.

Our Reflective Groups will bring foster carers together from across the UK to share experience, and knowledge to bring theory to life in practice, to network and connect.

What are the benefits to me of the NFCQ?

  • By joining the NFCQ Accredited Pathway you enter a new cohort of Accredited Foster Carers, elevate your status and become more professionally recognised.
  • The courses are written by top experts and underpinned by all the National Minimum Standards and Statutory regulations that underpin our role.
  • You will gain fully accredited certification from iTol. This internationally recognised elite accreditation body aligns closely with the foster care sector, a practical 24/7 front-line role in children’s services, not just an academic accreditation but one that reflects the foster carer’s role and specialisms within an industry context.
  • The entirety of the NFCQ education pathway is meticulously grounded in the National Minimum Fostering Standards, Fostering Regulations, and all statutory legislation pertinent to the fostering framework.
  • Regarding quality assurance, assessment, and adherence to national standards, NFCQ has earned accreditation from iTOL, serving as a hallmark of quality that caters to professionals and providers alike.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment of the Foundation Qualification entails progressive learning and reflection throughout the course, culminating in a comprehensive test assessment upon completion. The intermediate and advanced levels, currently in production, will further elevate the learning experience, incorporating advanced requirements and the submission of written work assessed by qualified iTol registered assessors.

How long does the Foundation Course take?

We recommend 30-35 hours, however, some foster carers, especially those more experienced may complete it in less time.

How do you access it?

The NFCQs are online.
If delivered by your fostering service there may also be access to virtual or face-to-face NFCQ practice groups for foster carers.

How much does it cost?

Accredited Foundation Course in Fostering

Single User Licence
£245.00

1 Year Licence

Delivered Online
iTol Accredited Course & Certification
Flexible Learning
Online knowledge Assessments

Accredited Foundation Course in Fostering

Duel User Licence
£441.00

1 Year Licence

Delivered Online
iTol Accredited Course & Certification
Flexible Learning
Online knowledge Assessments

Accredited Foundation Course in Fostering

Multi Licence Packages
Free NFCQ Coordinator Course Included
Package Discount
Delivered Online
iTol Accredited Course & Certification
Flexible Learning
Flexible Delivery of NFCQ Groups
Online knowledge Assessments

Do I have to be academic to do it?

No, the NFCQ Foundation Course has an academic feel but is accessible to all.

Can my fostering service or agency pay for me to do it?

Yes, they can sponsor you to take the NFCQs. You can approach them or we can send them the details and ask for you.

If your services are delivering the NFCQs for you they can also provide and facilitate the NFCQ Groups which will enhance your learning, and reflection and provide an exploration of theory to practice.

What qualification would it be equal to, would previous qualifications be able to be accredited towards the award?

This is an iTOL (Institute of Teaching and Occupational Learning). Chosen as a professional qualification and certification rather than a purely academic accreditation body.

The NFCQ qualifications from Foundation through Intermediate to Advanced serve as a stand-alone quality foster carers accredited qualification and provide a national benchmark.

What is in the Accredited Foundation Course?

The Foundation Course encompasses a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide an overview and fundamental understanding of the subject matter.

In terms of structure there are 6 modules to the Foundation Qualification:

When will the Accredited Intermediate and Advanced Qualification be available?

Intermediate – Expected roll out August 2024
Advanced – In development, anticipated roll out January 2025
Price available at launch

Feedback

“Well done, it will be so helpful for new carers. It will definitely let them know that it’s not “just a spare room” you need! It’s a massive improvement on the skills for fostering course I did, with relevant information to try and prepare you for your first child arrives.”
Agency foster carer, 5yrs experience
“Lessons 3 and 4 are important as it seems very few carers can take courses on trauma, and it affects every child in some way. Certainly, the skills to foster will not cover the subject!”
Local Authority foster carer, 8yrs experience
“Whoever put this together knows what is needed to be a foster carer, this information would have been much more welcome than the ’skills to fostering’ course my wife and I did.”
Local Authority Level 3 foster carer
"I've been fostering for many years, but there was so much in here I haven't done in other trainings, plus it was really good to get familiar with the minimum standards and regulations, and my other favourite modules were the trauma informed ones, think we should probably have done those before we started!"
Agency Foster Carer, 2yrs experience
"I had no idea all this was involved, no idea at all. However it hasn't put me off just made me more keen to foster and more confident knowing what's involved and required of me."
Prospective foster carer, currently teacher
"After completing this course a new foster carer stated that, amongst other things, she now had a list of questions to ask during the matching process which she would not have thought to ask before"
Agency Manager

ITOL ACCREDITION

The NFCQ wanted an accreditation that aligned closely with the foster carer sector, a practical, 24/7 front-line role in children’s services, not just an academic accreditation but one that reflects the foster carer’s role and specialisms within an industry context.

iTOL Accreditation Centre
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