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Sue Johnson, our manager at Scamps has recently started a petition to abolish business rates for childcare providers and make them zero VAT rated.  Nurseries in Scotland will no longer have to pay business rates from 1 April 2018. She would like the Government to take note and implement the same model throughout England and Wales.


Childcare has recently faced huge increases in business rates for their properties. Coupled with this, they pay VAT on purchases but are unable to reclaim this to offset against the business. Along with increased minimum wage, pensions, and 30 hours funding this is leaving them financially unstable.


Sue is being supported by the National Day Nurseries Association who have highlighted the financial struggles faced by childcare providers in their 2017 Annual Survey results and by the Champagne Nurseries Lemonade Funding campaign (CNLF) who have set up a survey specifically asking about the effects of business rates on providers’ sustainability.  You can also watch their campaign video below.


The petition needs 10,000 signatures to get the Government to respond on the matter and 100,000 for the issue to be considered for debate in Parliament.  We would really appreciate your support.

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We are a unique day nursery offering high-quality, full-day care for babies, toddlers, pre-school children, and school children. We have a wide age range which creates our Family Ethos.


At Scamps we look after children because we enjoy it.  We pride ourselves on working alongside each family and catering for their needs. We listen and do everything we can to be supportive.





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Holiday Clubs


Scamps is open weekdays from 07.00 to 18.00. We also provide holiday clubs for all school children (before and after school and during the holidays), thus making childcare easier to arrange. We are closed for bank holidays and over the festive period.

Home from Home


We operate from a large detached house and have on-site parking available. We have a large enclosed garden which is surrounded by our own woodland area, situated in the village of Benson.

Fresh & Healthy Meals


Meals are freshly cooked on site to the highest standard, catering for everyone's needs. Scamps has been awarded, the highest level in National food hygiene, achieving - 5 stars.


A Nursery for All Ages

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For Sustainable Childcare

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