Childcare for fostered children

30 Hours free childcare for children in foster care

In certain circumstances foster carers will be able to access 30 hours funded childcare for the children in their care

Children in foster care who are aged 3 or 4 years old will be able to receive 30 hours free childcare, if the following criteria are met:

  • accessing the extended 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
  • where there are two foster parents in the same fostering household, one engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent and one having carer responsibilities or being unable to work and in receipt of qualifying benefits
  • if one partner is not a foster parent then they must be in qualifying paid work and meet the normal income requirements for 30 hours
To apply, foster carers need to discuss the application with their social worker in the first instance.