The Department for Education has announced that free childcare will be extended to foster carers that also work outside the role of foster parent for the first time from September 2018.

Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi said:

We know childcare is one of the biggest issues affecting working parents of all kinds, which is why I am pleased that 340,000 people have benefitted from 30 hours of free childcare. Foster parents do an incredible job caring for children whose young lives have been disrupted in difficult and often traumatic ways, bringing them back into a supportive family unit and providing a more settled home life.

We want to make sure foster parents have the option of being able to work on top of their caring responsibilities, where it works for them and the children they care for. For many, this could make the difference between being able to foster or not, so it’s absolutely right that we support them with this challenging but rewarding role.

You can read more here.

If you’re eligible for 30 hours free childcare, sign in to get a code to give to your childcare provider. You can sign in here.

To keep getting your 30 hours free childcare or Tax-Free Childcare, you must sign in every 3 months and confirm your details are up to date.

Published 21 June 2018

From: Department for Education and Nadhim Zahawi MP