Financial support

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Our foster carer payments are made up of 2 parts:

  • an allowance to cover the cost of caring for a child - such as for food, clothing, transport, pocket money and activities
  • a professional fee to reward foster carers for:
    • being available to support a wide range of vulnerable children
    • providing respite
    • being available for emergency placements
    • supporting with other fostering related tasks

Weekly allowances and professional fees

All foster carers receive the tier 1 allowance. To progress to tier 2, foster carers must:

  • complete additional training
  • meet statutory support and development standards

The table below shows the weekly allowances and fees. 

These are paid on a fortnightly basis, while you have a child in placement.

For connected persons (sometimes called friends and family or kinship) carers, only the allowance element applies.

This reflects the additional support they give to other children supported by Bracknell Forest Fostering.

Tier 1 weekly allowances and professional fees for April 2024 to March 2025
Type per week Child aged 0 to 4 Child aged 5 to 10 Child aged 11 to 15 Child aged 16 and up
Allowance tier 1 £200.75 228.69 284.69 346.29
Professional fee £87.98 £87.98 £150 £108.68
Total tier 1 £288.73 £316.67 £434.69 £454.97
Tier 2 weekly allowances and professional fees for April 2024 to March 2025
Type per week Child aged 0 to 4 Child aged 5 to 10 Child aged 11 to 15 Child aged 16 and up
Allowance tier 2 £270.75 £298.69 £354.69 £416.29
Professional fee £87.98 £87.98 £150 £108.68
Total tier 2 £358.73 £386.67 £504.69 £524.97

Additional payments

Additional payments are subject to terms and conditions and certain criteria being met. Some do not apply to connected persons carers.

Skills payment - £50 per week

Foster carers who hold an NVQ 3 or equivalent in Caring for Children and Young People, receive an extra payment of £50 per week. 

It is a set payment and does not increase if you foster more than one child.

Disability payment - £75 per week

If the child has a significant physical or learning disability, there is an extra payment of £75 per week. 

Celebration payment - £100 per year

There is an extra payment of £100 per year to support the celebration of important events such as birthdays and religious festivals.

Annual bonus payment - £1,000 per year

This is an extra payment of up to £1,000 per year subject to certain criteria being met. 

Respite payment - 2 weeks paid respite per year

Foster carers are entitled to a maximum of 2 weeks paid respite per year. 

Emergency placements - £50 per child

Foster carers who receive children into their homes in an emergency will receive a £50 payment per child.

This includes a placement:

  • out of hours by the Emergency Duty Team
  • with less than 24 hours notice

Step-down payment - £150 per week

To support children stepping down from residential care to return to their family home.

Personal needs payments - up to £10 per week

Additional payments may be made to cover cultural needs relating to hair care, skin care and other specific needs.  

Payments are based on the specific costs of meeting this need, with up to £10 per child per week.

Mileage and transport costs

The allowance includes:

  • 12 miles of transport per day
  • 84 miles per week

Carers can request an additional volunteer's mileage rate of 37.22 pence per mile.

Refer a Friend scheme

Foster carers are eligible to receive £2,000 if they successfully refer a friend to become a foster carer.

Find out more about Refer a Friend

Tax exemption and benefits

Foster carers are classed as self-employed and as such you will not be paid for any period that you do not have a child in placement. As part of the application and assessment process we will discuss your financial circumstances to make sure you can cope with any periods you are without a placement.

Foster carer earnings are usually tax-free. If you currently receive benefits, in most cases you will still be eligible to claim these.

For more information, see help with the cost of fostering on GOV.UK.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Fostering


Phone: 01344 352020