Funding your childcare at Busy Bees

If your child is 3 or 4 years old, you can get 570 hours of free childcare per year at Busy Bees. This equates to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

2 year olds are also eligible for free childcare at Busy Bees, if you receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

This information was correct as of December 2016. For more information, please check

Your employer may be able to help you with childcare costs using childcare vouchers, which we accept at Busy Bees. You can get up to £55 per week from Childcare vouchers, depending on how much you earn and when you joined the scheme. The good news is that you do not have to pay tax and national insurance on childcare vouchers. However, you should check whether you are better off receiving tax credits because being in receipt of childcare vouchers can affect the amount of tax credits you get.