Funded childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

7. Claiming 30 hours childcare as a foster carer

Some children aged 3 and 4 years that are in foster care may be eligible for 30 hours funded childcare.


To apply for the 30 hours funded childcare you must be

  • a foster carer
  • fostering a child aged between 3 and 4
  • in paid employment outside of your foster carer role

It must also be agreed that accessing the extended hours is consistent with the child’s care plan.

If you have a partner they must meet the above criteria or if they are not a foster carer meet the current 30 hours eligibility criteria.

How to apply

If you meet the above eligibility criteria, email our Early Years team to find out how to apply for the 30 hours funded childcare. Please include you name and phone number so we can contact you.