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Providing short breaks part time

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If you have some spare time and would enjoy building a warm relationship with a child and working with their parents, you could provide short breaks for children with disabilities. This might include care during the day, overnight stays or weekend stays.

What are the children like?

The children who take short breaks have a range of disabilities, including learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.

Who can provide short breaks part-time?

You'll need to:

  • be patient and imaginative
  • be good at communicating and setting boundaries.
  • have enough time to spare to provide regular short breaks, which may include daytime, overnight stays or weekends
  • be willing to learn
  • be approved as a foster carer.

What support will I have?

There's a range of training and support available for short breaks carers.

  • You'll receive an hourly or overnight payment
  • You can attend support groups, receive specialist training relating to the child and receive continuous support from a supervising social worker
  • You'll have access to a team that carefully plans each placement - matching of a child with the right carer is vital for successful short breaks.

What is the payment for providing short breaks?

  • £7.50 an hour for up to 11 hours of daytime care
  • £52 for overnight care from 7pm and 7am.

Ask about providing short breaks part time

or to talk to our friendly recruitment team call 0800 801 530



“The reward was the relief on his mum’s face, knowing she could have a day or night to herself and that she trusted me to care for her child.” - Annette, short breaks carer