Welwyn Garden City nursery backs affordable childcare campaign

A WGC nursery is backing a national campaign to make childcare in Britain more affordable

Staff and parents from Busy Bees in Shire Park are calling for the Government to raise the childcare voucher cap from �55 to �75 a week.

That’s why they have joined the Busy Bees Benefits campaign, Mind The Gap – Raise The Cap.

It aims to get 100,000 people to sign a petition, which would automatically mean the subject would have to be discussed by MPs in the House of Commons.

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for childcare for children up to 16 years old. They are estimated to save working parents up to �933 a year.

However, the current �55 cap has not been changed since 2006, and with the cost of living continuing to rise, Busy Bees Benefits wants to raise the cap to �75, an estimated saving of �1,200.

Busy Bees WGC manager Emma Watt said: “We are delighted to get behind this Busy Bees campaign and have been telling parents at the nursery all about it and how they can help.

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“However, any working parent can use childcare vouchers if their employer provides a scheme and we want all local families to support the campaign and help us to make a real difference.”