Hi Panadbois, Only just seen this thread, I am a childminder & Foster carer & have been for the last 10 years, I was a childminder first, for me this has worked very well, I explain to parents of child minded that I foster explain about reviews & SW visits & have yet to come unstuck. I also explain to SW etc that my day off is a Thursday & if possible could I have my visits on that day same with reviews, my LA have tried their best to accommodate this. Hope everything going well for you.
I was thinking of only taking on one. my LO is well settled, only 21 months and will be with me for a while yet. It would be the same as taking on a newborn as a FC placement?
Also thinking of doing three/four days which allows time for fostering work. Lac reviews few and far between.
SW visits could fall on 'day off'..... I am testing the water here on MN before discussing it with my SW, I don't want her to think I'm blackmailing her into finding a second placement out of thin air!