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From September 2018 some children in foster care who are aged 3 or 4 years old may be able to receive 30 hours free childcare, if the following criteria are met:

  • Accessing the extending hours is consistent with the child's care plan and;
  • Where there is a single foster parent family, the foster parent is engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent or;
  • Where there are two foster parents in the same fostering household, both are engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent.

The foster carers' supervising social worker need to complete a separate application form to enable an eligibility check to be undertaken.  This will need to be signed by a designated person (the Children in Care Service Manager) before being sent to Management Information to process and issue the 30 Hour code for the carer to take to their provider. The application (and re-confirmation) forms are below and must be submitted before 31 March, 31 August or 31 December for childcare the following term.