Thursday, 28 February 2013

Busy Bees : Helping parents with affordable childcare


          Get on board with the Busy Bees Campaign for affordable childcare!!


Busy Bees have been helping parents with their childcare vouchers across the UK.

"Childcare Vouchers are an employee benefit available for working parents to use to pay for their childcare costs. Childcare Vouchers are non-taxable and National Insurance exempt which can save employees up to £933 per year and save employers up to £402 per employee, per year.
Childcare Vouchers are used by more than 500,000 parents in the UK and can be used to pay for any registered childcare, for children up to the age of 16 including; nurseries, nannies, childminders, au-pairs, after school clubs, holiday schemes, summer camps, activity clubs, crèches and many more."

(Busy bees website)

They are currently campaigning to make childcare more affordable for parents at work, and are currently working to persuade the government to raise the childcare voucher cap allowance from just £55 to £75. This would mean more parents would be able to access childcare by simply being able to afford it a little more. Many working families struggle to cope with the rising costs of childcare, finding the majority of what they earn in their jobs go straight into childcare costs.

The current £55 allowance has been in effect from 2006, meaning that it has not been raised to coincide with the raise in childcare fees. This is a long time, and it is up to us to make sure that the government do something about it. You can help by signing the petition at  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31669 , helping them to get the 100,000 signatures they need to make the government debate the issue in the House of Commons. I for one will be adding mine to the list, even as a stay at home Mum!! It is about time our childcare was more affordable to parents, and every little helps!!

You can find out more about Busy Bees Childcare vouchers and their nurseries at www.busybeesbenefits.com



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