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Coping activities for foster children this Halloween

Never mind Christmas – for lots of children, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year. As a holiday, it has it all – a week off school, free treats, spooky costumes, a festive reason to scare your parents out of their skin... the list goes on. This year, however, things are a little different. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, Halloween can seem in danger of outright cancellation. What’s Oiche Samhain without trick-or-treating? If you’re worried about celebrating Halloween with your foster child,

October 14th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Four ways to keep fit with your foster child this winter

Keeping fit is important. Getting regular exercise helps you stay healthy, both physically and mentally. We all understand the benefits of staying in shape as we get older – but the same applies to kids, too. Children need regular exercise to burn energy and to ensure they grow into healthy adults. Finding the motivation to get out and exercise with your foster child can be tough, but we’re here to help. Read on to find out our four tips and tricks for keeping fit with

September 30th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Five healthy tips for eating with your foster child

Food, glorious food – there’s nothing quite like it to bring a family together. Eating healthily and nutritiously is an essential part of life. As Virginia Woolf said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” At Orchard Fostering, we recognise the importance of ensuring your foster child is eating well – and we also acknowledge how difficult it can be to make this happen. While food may seem a simple pleasure, the conversation around nutrition and healthy eating

September 30th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Fostering children with additional needs

At Orchard Fostering, we’re committed to building brighter futures for all children. Every foster child brings with them unique challenges that you, as a foster carer, can help them manage or overcome.  When children come in to foster care they come with their own unique needs. Sometimes these may include more complex needs or disabilities. Read on to find out more about fostering children with disabilities or additional needs, and how Orchard Fostering can assist you on your fostering journey.  What is fostering a child

September 24th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Working while fostering – can I do it?

One of the questions we’re asked most frequently by prospective foster carers is “can I work and foster at the same time?” The short answer is yes, you can - with some stipulations. Read on, and we’ll get into everything you need to know about working while fostering.  What are the rules?  Before we get into the hows and whys of working while fostering, it’s a good idea to get a grasp of the basic rules and regulations around it. The best way to break

September 3rd, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

Back to school – helping your foster child return to education 

It’s been a weird summer break - the weirdest part being that it effectively started in March and has been going on for over six months. COVID-19 has taken its toll in many ways, with one of the more profound instances being the upturning of the educational calendar.  If you are a foster carer with school age foster children, you’ve undoubtedly been impacted by the closure of schools and are eager to see just how the return to school will pan out over the next

August 28th, 2020|Categories: fostering advice|

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