Fantastic news, from September all Foster Parents will have access to the Governments ’30 hours free childcare’ initiative; another great step in the right direction by providing Carers with the same rights to free childcare, as other working families in the UK.
Foster Parents will now 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.
Kevin Williams, Chief executive of the Fostering Network said: ‘The 15 extra hours will not be appropriate for all fostered children, but some foster carers, particularly family and friends carers and those offering long-term fostering, will need or want to combine fostering with work outside of the home, and this change will enable them to be able to do so. This is particularly good news for the recruitment of foster carers and is consistent with the message from Government that fostering can be combined with other work.’
The Government also announced 40,000 children aged three and four years old benefitted from a 30 hours place in the initiative’s first year, giving thousands of families access to high-quality, affordable childcare. Parents benefiting from the 30 hours free childcare offer can save up to £5,000 per year on their childcare costs, and some parents have been able to increase their work hours or work more flexibly – helping to put more money back in families’ pockets and balancing work and home lives.
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