As a charity, we are a non-profit making organisation and, therefore, aim to keep fees as low as possible whilst providing high quality care and education for your child. Our fees are currently charged at £4.70 per hour.
Our opening times (during school term time only) are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.45am - 3.00pm Wednesday 8.45am - 12.45pm
Sessions during school term time are: Morning session (3hrs) @ £14.10 Monday, 8.45am - 11.45am Tuesday, 8.45am - 11.45am Wednesday, 8.45am - 11.45am Thursday, 8.45am - 11.45am Friday, 8.45am - 11.45am
Optional Lunch Club (1hr) @ £4.70 Monday to Friday, 11.45am - 12.45pm (Parent/carer to provide packed lunch)
Full day session (6hrs 15mins) @ £29.38 (Includes lunch – packed lunch to be provided by parent/carer) Monday, 8.45am - 3pm Tuesday, 8.45am - 3pm Thursday, 8.45am - 3pm Friday, 8.45am - 3pm
Availability Please call or email to check availability. We accept children from all areas of Harrogate, North Leeds and local villages. To apply for a place or for further information, please contact our Admissions Secretary Vicki Whitelegg or Pre-School Manager Tina Morley on (01423) 870351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a look around and have a chat with the staff.
Registration Children are required to be 2 years old in order to start at Busy Bees. We require you to complete a Busy Bees application form – this is available from Busy Bees or you can download a copy here.
Please only request days that you know you are going to use. We need to ensure that all available slots are being utilised, as demand for places is usually high, with a waiting list for some sessions. Funded children who are consistently absent for one or more of their allocated days risk losing their allocation, as we are only able to claim funding on the basis of the child attending.
You will be required to pay a £25 non-refundable booking deposit to reserve a place at Busy Bees. Please make cheques payable to ‘Busy Bees’ and return with your child's application form.
Fees Fees are invoiced monthly in arrears and payment is due by the final session of each month. Invoices are prepared by our Administrator and any queries should be addressed to her, Vicki Whitelegg, at email@example.com. Fees may be paid by BACS, cheque or childcare vouchers.
Notice period To withdraw from Busy Bees Pre-school, 4 WEEKS' WRITTEN NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN or 4 weeks’ fees will be charged.
15 & 30 hours funding All children qualify for the 15 hour funded entitlement (for 38 weeks a year ie. term time only) from the term following their 3rd birthday. Some families will be eligible to claim a further 15 hours of funding (30 hours in total), from the term after their child's third birthday. To check whether you are eligible visit the www.childcarechoices.gov.uk site. However, it is important for parents to understand that eligibility does not guarantee a funded place at a childcare setting.
Funded hours can be taken at Busy Bees or split with another childcare provider if your child attends another nursery, playgroup or pre-school.
Childcare vouchers Childcare vouchers offer tax and national insurance benefits to both employees and employers. Busy Bees accepts most types of childcare vouchers from employee related schemes. You will need to contact your employer directly to find out if they participate in such a scheme. The scheme is between you and your employer (not you and Busy Bees) and you are the only person who is able to set it up. For a good overview of childcare vouchers, visit www.moneysavingexpert.com or request a copy of the childcare voucher information sheet from Busy Bees.
Special needs We take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Gail Callard.
Attendance Please contact a member of staff on (01423) 870351 if your child will not be attending that day or if you are going to be late picking up your child. As the staff’s main responsibility is to the children, the phone will not always be answered during the session. If you are going to be late picking up your child, please leave a voice mail message that will be checked at the end of the session.
Home time All children are to be collected at their appropriate finishing time (11.45am, 12.45pm or 3.00pm). Parents/carers are requested to wait outside until their child is brought to them by a member of staff. This is for safe-guarding reasons to ensure that each child is matched to the appropriate parent/carer. Should you not be collecting your child after the session, please let a member of staff know and write the name of the person who is collecting your child in the signing in book in the cloakroom area.
Please note that if a child is not collected our Non-Collection of Children Policy will be followed, with the appropriate outside organisations being informed.
Uniform Our Busy Bees uniform is a yellow t-shirt and is available to purchase from Busy Bees. The uniform protects your child’s own clothes from what can be extremely messy play, as well as helping to provide a sense of identity and belonging to the children. We also ask that all clothing and footwear is named. Busy Bees provides wellies and all-in-ones for outdoor play.
Sunscreen During the summer months, we ask that you provide your child with a named sunhat and that sunscreen is applied before entering Busy Bees. Staff are allowed to apply sunscreen if written consent is given by the parent.
Library, book bags & story sacks Your child will be issued with a yellow Busy Bees book bag. We run a library for the children at Busy Bees. We encourage children to borrow books on a weekly basis to take home in their book bags.
Children also have access to use or borrow Story Sacks. A story sack is a bag containing a story with props to act out the story. There may also be some added suggestions within the bag for activities and related songs for your child to enjoy.