Clarification on what is considered suitable child care when claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Would you please clarify the following.

Are we correct in thinking that the job centre can not suggest school as appropriate child care to a home educating parent claiming job seekers allowance when offered a job?
What age would the job centre expect a parent leave a child alone at home whilst they go out to work?
When agreeing the hours a home educating parent is able and looking to work, is the parent able to stipulate suitable hours such as evenings only (whereas a parent of a schooled child would only be looking for work during school hours)?

Yours faithfully,

Cheryl Moy
Educational Freedom
Support and information for home educators in the UK.

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Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

This is very useful, thanks for taking it up.

I was particularly interested in the reference to "normal school hours" for ALL Lone Parents, where DWP is saying that parents who educate their children at home are treated in the same way as all other parents. I attempted to discuss this with Gingerbread on Twitter at the end of last year
https://twitter.com/fionajnicholson/stat...

Anyway, for the record, this is what I will now be quoting from your useful FOI:
"The Department can confirm that that the Jobcentres cannot suggest school as appropriate child care to a home educating parent claiming job seekers
allowance when offered a job. There are flexibilities within the JSA regime to cater for the needs and personal circumstances of parents whilst they are
looking for paid work of 16 hours or more per week, including those who wish to educate their child(ren) at home.

Additionally, lone parents may restrict their availability for jobs to their child’s normal school hours until the child is 13. Parents who educate their child(ren) at home are therefore treated in the
same way as all other parents.

The Jobcentre would not expect a parent leave a child alone at home whilst they go out to work. People will need to demonstrate that they have made genuine efforts to locate childcare, this will provide parents who educate their children at home with protection if no local services that meet their needs are available. "

Cheryl Moy left an annotation ()

Fiona, we are glad that you have found this FOI useful, we have now created a page on www.Educationalfreedom.org.uk the Home Education information and support service including all the information given by the DWP.

best wishes
Cheryl
Educational Freedom

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