Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to extend the provision of 15 additional hours of free childcare to children in foster care in England.

Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the national minimum fostering allowance in order to account for the cost of childcare.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

Foster carers play a vital role in supporting some of our most vulnerable children. It is right that foster carers receive the support they need to meet the needs of the children they look after.

Foster carers are able to access the universal 15 hours of free childcare for their own children. We also need to consider whether it is possible for children in foster care to take up the additional 15 hours in a way that promotes the best interests of the child.

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