Do I have to have a qualification to foster?

You don’t need an official childcare qualification to be a foster carer. We just ask that you have had some experience of looking after children.


This experience could be through an official qualification and working in a school or nursery for example. It could be raising your own family, babysitting or simply looking after family members. You might not realise how much experience you have of looking after children.

During your time as a foster carer, you will be able to gain qualifications which are related to looking after children. At GLF, we have over 100 training courses available, to enable our carers to be the best that they can.

If this answers your question and you want to find out more about fostering, we’ve got some great blog posts about why being a foster carer is amazing.

Fostering Questions

We will try to answer all your questions

Birth Children

Can you foster if you haven’t had your own birth children?

Past Criminal Convictions?

We all have a past, but having a criminal conviction in your history might not stop you fostering


What kind of jobs, if any, allow you to foster alongside?

Do you have pets?

Find out how fostering and pets can work.


How long does the fostering assessment take?

Who needs fostering?

What kind of children need foster homes?

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