Parents and carers of children enrolled in all primary schools in NSW will benefit from a new $155 million program for Before and After School Care (BASC) services to provide greater support and access to BASC services.
The $500 voucher will assist families who use BASC services by covering the parent gap fee component of their session fees.
Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said both providers and users of BASC would benefit from this announcement.
“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,” Ms Mitchell said.
“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.”
The NSW Department of Education has partnered 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 and Discover Vouchers.
BASC providers will be able to register to redeem the vouchers from February 7, while parents will be able to apply for, and utilise, the vouchers from February 28.
Families will be able to apply for, store and redeem their new vouchers via the Service NSW app, similar to Dine & Discover and other vouchers like Active Kids and First Lap.
Eligible families will receive their vouchers in their app, just like the Dine & Discover program, with providers able to quickly scan the QR code on the spot or use the unique voucher code to redeem.”
Providers and customers can register and apply online via a MyServiceNSW account, in the app, or by visiting their nearest Service Centre.