Parents of NSW primary school children will be eligible for a voucher of $500 for before and after school care.
Launching the $500 voucher program on Monday, 31 January, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government wanted to provide parents and carers of NSW primary school children with greater access to Before and After School Care (BASC) services.
“It has been a challenging past couple of years for parents of school-aged children. Many have had to juggle the demands of supervising their kids’ education at home while working remotely, or even foregoing paid work.
“These vouchers for before and after school care will help alleviate some of the financial pressures on NSW families and provide greater flexibility and more options for those who need to work,” said Premier Perrottet.
The NSW Department of Education is working with Service NSW to roll out the program, which will be delivered through Service NSW and will follow a similar premise to the current Dine & Discover NSW vouchers.
Member for Manly James Griffin and Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea both said the program will offer much-needed support for working families.
“Families with school-aged children have had to juggle the demands of supervising their kids’ education while working remotely,” said Mr Griffin.
“These vouchers will help ease the financial burden and allow greater access to services,” said Mr O’Dea.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said that both providers and parents of BASC would benefit from the injection of $155m into the program.
“These vouchers are all about providing affordable access to care for families, particularly after a tough two years that have disrupted access to school and BASC.
“Every family with children at a NSW primary school is eligible for one voucher per child, which will provide each child with approximately 60 sessions of free BASC,” said Minister Mitchell.
Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said BASC providers will be able to register to redeem the vouchers from next Monday, 07 February, and parents will be able to apply for vouchers from Monday, 28 February. Applications will be made via Service NSW and vouchers will be stored and redeemed via the Service NSW app.
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