National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP)

As part of ensuring that the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) remains a high-quality learning experience, Oranga Tamariki are currently undertaking a review of the modules to make sure that all current legislation is covered.  It is important that the material we deliver is current and accurate to effectively support caregivers.

On July 1 substantial changes to the Oranga Tamariki Act came into effect. We need to be sure that the National Caregiver Training Programme modules reflect these changes.

While this work is underway, the following modules will be unavailable:

  • Child Development
  • Building Secure Attachments
  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
  • Legal Issues
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Carer Families
  • Teamwork
  • Maltreatment
  • Safety and Prevention
  • Working with Adolescents
  • Health and Wellbeing

We’re working with Oranga Tamariki to ensure that modules become available again as soon as possible, and we apologise for this disruption to your training.  We expect the first updated modules to be available from late-August and we’ll email you when the workshops are available again in your area.

During this time we will be delivering the Keeping Memories, FASD and The Importance of Play discussion sessions as an alternative, a new schedule will be available on the 1 August.

We hope to also bring you some newly developed sessions on the new National Care Standards and what this might mean for you as caregivers and for the children and young people you care for.

Any questions, or for any assistance  please contact the Training Coordinator: or 0800 100 849.

About the National Caregiver Training Programme

These six hour workshops are free and open to Whanau/Foster/Kin caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and Permanent/Home for Life caregivers, almost anyone who is raising children not born to them. Limited places may also be available for Caregiver Social Workers and NGO representatives that support these caregivers. We recommend Building Secure Attachments, Child Development and Understanding & Supporting Behaviour as the three core workshops that all caregivers should attend.

We also offer, two hour discussion session which are delivered informally to a small (4-10) group of caregivers. They provide a variety of useful and practical information as well as offering peer support.

Learning Workshops

Child Development:

This workshop, previous Child Development, will look at how developmental trauma or neglect can severely impact a child’s brain. However, the great news is the impact can be repaired with age appropriate developmental experiences and secure relationships. For more information please click on this link.

Building Secure Attachments:

This workshop replaces Attachment and Resilience.

This workshop looks at how a secure base is the best platform for te tamaiti to develop a secure attachment, to heal from the developmental trauma and then journey towards building resilience. For more information please click on this link.

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour: “Connection before Correction”

This workshop replaces Understanding and Managing Behaviour.

We will explore the principles of trauma informed caregiving practice and how this relates to behaviours. We will also look into how therapeutic caregiving supports tamariki to heal and thrive. The main principle of this is through the connection before correction principle. Find out how this can transform or build on what you are doing now in your home.

For more information please click on this link.

Safety & Prevention:

This workshop will help to develop strategies on how to keep caregivers, their families and the home environment safe.  You will learn the processes of complaints and allegations. For more information please click on this link.

Maltreatment and Family Violence:

This workshop will help you to identify child abuse and neglect.  It will look at the impact of these on children and young people and how to respond appropriately. For more information please click on this link.

Identity and Belonging:

This workshop will help explain what is important for a child or young person entering care.  You will begin to understand the losses experienced and the importance of maintaining relationships and cultural connections. For more information please click on this link.

Legal Issues:

This workshop will explore the laws covering children/tamariki in care, discussing how children come into care and the impact of these laws in relation to Guardianship & Custody, Permanency (Home for Life) and Family Group Conferences. For more information please click on this link.


This workshop will help you further your skills in effective teamwork, understanding communication styles and problem solving strategies. For more information please click on this link.

Carer Families:

This workshop will help you to understand your rights, responsibilities and role as a caregiver.  You will gain knowledge on the importance of support networks and identify stress triggers for the whole family in the care experience. For more information please click on this link.

Working with Adolescents:

This workshop will help you to understand and appropriately begin to respond to a young person with behavioural issues. It will develop your knowledge on signs of substance abuse and transition towards independence. For more information please click on this link.

Health and Wellbeing:

This workshop offers you great tips on how to provide a healthy environment. For more information please click on this link.

Feedback from Caregivers who attended recent training:

“A useful informative and well presented workshop”

“Training was done very well, very relaxed, well presented and everyone participated”

“I have found your training classes extremely useful and often refer to the booklets when I get children in with issues”