Foster carers in Bury and across the country will be able to access 30 hours of free childcare per week for three-and-four-year-olds in their care from September, following a cross-party campaign and report by Parliament’s Education Select Committee.

Under the current system, foster carers and their children are treated differently, with only 15 hours of free childcare offered. The additional 15 hours gives foster carers the same rights as other working parents.

Bury North MP James Frith, who sits on the Education Select Committee, said:

“My colleagues and I on the Education Select Committee made strong representations to Government on this issue and I’m pleased that they have listened. Many foster carers need to be able to work on top of their caring responsibilities but are unable to do so in the current system. Providing all young fostered children with 30 hours childcare per week allows foster carers where suitable and appropriate to work outside the home and will help with recruiting more foster carers, which are desperately needed.”

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