What is 30 hours?
Working parents of three and four year olds in England may be entitled to up to 30 hours of childcare, for 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks). This is an additional 15 hours of childcare on top of the 15 hours universal entitlement for all three and four year olds in England (the term after their third birthday). Children in foster care are already entitled to the universal 15 hours.
Am I eligible?
Children in foster care who are aged three or four year old will be able to receive 30 hours childcare, if the following criteria are met:
You should start by discussing this with the local authority responsible for the child (child’s corporate parent) in Salford this is the child’s social worker.
How do I apply?
You will need to apply through the local authority that is responsible for the child in foster care.
Foster parent(s) and the child’s social worker should start discussions, as the child approaches their third birthday or when a foster parent decides to take up additional work.
If Salford City Council is looking after the child (responsible local authority) please complete the application form below and return to:
Starting Life Well Service
100 Chorley Road
Telephone: 0161 778 0384
You and your partner if you have one will need your:
What happens next?
Once the application form has been completed by the foster parent/s and verified by the local authority’s designated person (in Salford this is the foster carer’s social worker), the completed form will be returned to the Starting Life Well service they will;
Once the foster parent has received the code, the process is the same as for any other 30 hours parent and child;
Please see Foster Parents Journey document below.
Foster parents should ensure they are familiar with the policy for reconfirmations at the start of the application process to ensure reconfirmations are undertaken at the appropriate time. Failure to reconfirm could mean that a foster child is no longer eligible for 30 hours childcare.
Will I have to pay for additional charges if I am using 30 hours?
Just like at school, your childcare provider can charge for additional services, for example, lunch, trips or music classes. These charges cannot be a condition of accessing your 30 hours place and alternative arrangements should be made available. Any charges should be itemised and cannot be a supplementary 'top up'. You should speak to your childcare provider for further information about any additional charges.
Is 30 hours only available in term time or all year round?
Like the existing 15 hours, eligible parents are entitled to a maximum of 30 hours a week in each of the 38 weeks of the academic year. However you can stretch this offer over the year, for instance, you can take 22 hours a week for 52 weeks, or just under 24 hours for 48 weeks. You should speak to your provider about how they are offering 30 hours.
When can my child access a 30 hours place?
You can claim 30 hours from the term after:
We recommend that you apply in good time, so that you receive your code the term before your child becomes eligible. You can apply up to 16 weeks before your foster child turns three years old.
Foster parents, like all other parents accessing 30 hours, are required to reconfirm their eligibility every three months (or sooner dependent on end date of code issued).
Salford City Council should be satisfied that the placement is on-going, that accessing the 30 hours is still consistent with the child’s care plan and the foster parents are still engaging in paid work outside their role as a foster parent.
Foster parents should complete the 30 hours reconfirmation statement and submit the form to the foster child’s social worker at least 4 weeks prior to the 30 hour code eligibility end date, to allow the council to process the reconfirmation in time. Late forms will be invalid.
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