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Some children in foster care may be entitled to up to 30 hours of childcare for 38 weeks of the year giving foster families the same support as other working families.
This is an additional 15 extended hours of childcare to support working families and is on top of the 15 hours universal entitlement for all 3 and 4 year olds in England.
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
If you think you are eligible for this funding, please speak to the child’s social worker in the first instance to confirm that accessing the extended hours is consistent with the child’s care plan. Once agreed, application forms can be accessed by contacting the early years funding team, email: email@example.com
Foster parents applying for 30 hours for their birth children should continue to use the Childcare Service on www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
If you think you may be eligible, download and complete the appropriate application form below: