Teachers Make Great Foster Carers

As we draw towards the end of the academic year and the start of the summer holiday season, we'd like to say a great big THANK YOU to all the teachers, tutors, teaching assistants, administrators, nursery staff and SEN workers for supporting our city’s children and young people.

Sadly, the number of children and young people in Brighton & Hove who need support outside of school continues to increase and as numbers grow, so does the need for excellent foster carers who can provide a safe and stable family home. A background in education provides a fantastic foundation for becoming a Foster Carer. For someone who already works with children and/or young people, many of the skills required are already there in abundance; understanding, patience, kindness, good listening skills and good communication skills. We have a budding community of Foster Carers who have worked, or currently work in education, and we would love to see it grow.

There are huge similarities between teaching and fostering, the main thing being that teachers and foster carers have both got into careers that make a difference to children’s lives. Whether its short-term, long term, respite care during school holidays, supported lodgings or looking after a school-age child alongside part time or flexible working hours, fostering can be an incredibly rewarding career and we will support you to help you get the very best out of it. We will guide you to find out what will work for you and your family, whilst remaining mindful and respectful of your existing role and responsibilities. Whether you want to foster alongside your career in education or become a full-time carer; our team will provide all the support and training you need and help you develop and progress in a way that is right for you.

If you are interested in learning more, please email fosteringrecruitment@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 295444 for an informal chat. Please also visit www.fosteringinbrightonandhove.org.uk to find out about upcoming information sessions; an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand from experienced Foster Carers about their journey and ask them questions.