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National Thank a Teacher Day 

18 May 2020

A national day to celebrate teachers is taking place on Wednesday 20 May and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is encouraging as many people as possible to join in.  Teachers have been going above and beyond the call of duty throughout the coronavirus outbreak and deserve recognition for their hard work.  The closure of schools to most pupils due to Covid-19 has certainly not …

During Foster Care Fortnight, picture life as a foster family in Reading 

07 May 2020

A campaign to keep Reading’s children in care in Reading is being stepped up during Foster Care Fortnight (11-24 May).  There are more than 270 children and young people in care in Reading, but many have to be placed outside their home areas due to a shortage of local carers. Brighter Futures for Children’s (BFfC) Independent Fostering Agency is embarking on a big push to …

More than 95% get top three choice for primary school places in Reading

16 April 2020

More than 83% of parents got their first choice for their children’s primary school places in Reading this year, despite an increase in 160 applications compared to last year. Brighter Futures for Children, which delivers education services in Reading, has made sure all primary school pupils in the borough have a place for September. Of …

New Chair announced for Brighter Futures for Children 

07 April 2020

BRIGHTER Futures for Children (BFfC) has announced the appointment of its new Board Chair. The company provides Reading’s education, early help and children’s services.  Di Smith, who has worked in the children and education sector for more than 40 years, has taken on the role from 1 April following her appointment by the Department for Education.  She takes over from Deborah Jenkins MBE who helped in the creation of BFfC and played a significant role in …

Former foster carers urged to return during coronavirus crisis

01 April 2020

Brighter Futures for Children, which delivers children’s services in Reading, is putting out a call to former foster carers in the borough to re-register amid concerns the coronavirus epidemic could lead to a shortage of adult carers to look after vulnerable children. Existing foster carers with Brighter Futures for Children’s Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) are …

Cherry blossom tree marks start of ‘Rooted in Reading’ campaign

18 February 2020

Brighter Futures for Children and Ethical Reading joint press release, February 18 2020 When a 14-year-old boy moved to his permanent foster home last year, he came up with an idea to help himself – and others like him – keep their roots in Reading. As an active member of Brighter Futures for Children’s Children …

‘Outstanding’ rating for our short breaks children’s home

14 February 2020

Cressingham, one of two children’s homes run in Reading by Brighter Futures for Children, has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted after a recent unannounced inspection visit. The inspector awarded ‘Outstanding’ ratings to all three key areas – the overall experiences and progress of children, how well children and young people were helped and protected …