Open your heart to fostering in Herne Bay

A fostering information event is being held in Herne Bay on 7 February to help boost recruitment in this vital sector. More carers are needed across the county to help provide stable, permanent homes for vulnerable young individuals, which can make a crucial difference to their future. Prospective foster carers can hear presentations from people…

Thanet Parkway station consultation

Kent County Council is launching a second public consultation into plans for a new parkway station in Thanet. The new station will provide access to more employment opportunities for local residents by providing access to high speed rail services to London and other parts of Kent. It will also improve investment opportunities at Discovery Park…

Kent foster carers thanked by Council Leader

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has personally congratulated a Kent couple who’ve been awarded MBE’s for their services to children in the county. Ron and Rinie Upton have fostered a total of 151 children and were invited to County Hall to discuss their career as foster carers that spans an astonishing 32…

Early years toolkit wins award

Kent County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service has scooped a nationally recognised Nursery World Award for one of its innovative products, Enhancing Family Involvement in Children’s Learning (EFICL) Toolkit. The EFICL Toolkit includes many resources to support Early Years providers and Children’s Centres to work more closely with families to improve and enhance their…

Recruitment crisis in foster care

Kent County Council needs 200 new foster homes as the demand for carers is reaching crisis point. Without more carers, it is difficult to provide the stable, permanent homes which can make a crucial difference to the future of a vulnerable young person. The issue is a national one with more than 9000 more foster…